Herman Cain Comes One Step Closer to Becoming America's First Black Vice President With Florida Straw Poll Win

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A bunch of the state's Republican activists gathered this weekend at the Presidency 5 conference and held one of those crazy, meaningless straw polls of which they're so fond. Of course, with a wide-open and ever-changing Republican field, the contest did take on extra meaning. Texas Gov. Rick Perry had hoped to claim a victory to cement his frontrunner status. Instead, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and Tea Party favorite Herman Cain pulled off a surprise victory. His chances of actually winning the GOP nomination are now only slightly less distant, but he probably secured himself a speaking spot at the GOP convention and a place on the vice presidential shortlist.

With Mitt Romney and the now-fading Michele Bachmann choosing not to compete, Perry's 6-week-old campaign hoped to claim a momentum-building victory. Though, after a fumbling debate performance in which he chose not to appear -- gasp -- 100 percent evil about immigration, the conservative activists instead chose to fire a warning shot at Perry's face. There are even rumors that Romney supporters decided to support Cain in the straw poll to embarrass Perry.

Whatever happened, Cain walked away with 37 percent of the vote. Perry finished a distant second at 15 percent. Romney scored 14 percent, despite not contesting the poll.

So what does this mean for Cain, the man who can fire up Tea Party crowds with his passionate speeches but has never run for elected office? Let's remember, this poll was not indicative of the GOP electorate at large, and made up of the preference of activist types. Plus, Cain has something of a reputation as a reluctant candidate, and his fundraising and campaign organization are far outmatched by those of Perry and Romney.

Though, the GOP and the Tea Party know they have a bit of a racism problem (something Cain himself vehemently denies). Barack Obama's election likely means the age of parties putting two white guys on the same ticket are over, and the GOP wouldn't help itself much in the racism department by, well, putting two white guys on the same ticket to take on America's first black president. This is part of the reason why many observers see Marco Rubio as prime-running-mate material.

However, Cain's connection to the Tea Party would be valuable, especially if a centrist such as Romney walked away with the nomination. As long as Cain gets through the rest of the primary season without controversy, don't be surprised to see his name on the VP shortlist come next year.

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Rmghost39
Rmghost39

the ticket for the USA , it`s the most important so Romney-Cain, and God Bless America

Jules Winnfield
Jules Winnfield

Would we be reading about this man right now, if our current president wasn't black?(half black actually)

"Oh, they got a black, so now we need a black."

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

I have never seen a political movement gather so much hatred like the tea party has. The liberals are doing everything they can to denounce them and are so afraid of a Herman Cain and a Marco Rubio they will do whatever it takes to slander them and the party they represent.

The tea party is based off the principles this country was founded on and wants to bring accountability to the offices that represent us. Obama has been the worse failure of a president since Carter and its funny to see how close their policies reflect each other. Socialistic ideas have brought down every country that has practiced them so why do the liberals embrace them?

Matthew Thomas Castleton
Matthew Thomas Castleton

I personally think that a Romney (President) - Cain (VP) ticket would be absolutely fantastic. I like Romney for President because he is an attractive candidate to independent votes who also possesses great experience in the private and public sectors. Herman Cain would be a fantastic running mate for Romney because he also possesses a great deal of business experience and he is a favorite of the Tea Party. He is also would be a very attractive candidate for Black and Latino voters. I also see the possibility of potential cabinet members in current candidates. I think that John Huntsman would make a fantastic Secretary of State. I could see Newt Gingrich making a fabulous Secretary of Defense. Rick Santorum would be a great choice for National Security Adviser.

tsunamimon
tsunamimon

What exactly is the Tea Party's racist problem/

jewess
jewess

He is smart, funny, articulate and accomoplished.  I didn't know he was black, makes no difference, Obama is out.  (Is he black too?)

Matthew Thomas Castleton
Matthew Thomas Castleton

Exactly. It is typical Social Liberal tactics. The racist "label" comes from them. Members of the Tea Party don't agree with their ridiculously out-of-touch positions, so we must be racist. After all, that's why we don't like Barack Obama. Because he's black. It has absolutely nothing at all to do with his horribly failed policies or his unyielding progressive socialist ideology that is destroying the foundations of our country.

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