Cain: I'm Offering 'Common Sense'

Thursday, 06 Oct 2011 08:55 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says he’s not surprised by his rise in the polls because he’s offering “common sense” proposals to deal with the nation’s problems.

“I’m giving people specific solutions to problems and it’s resonating because they all are based upon my common sense approach. That’s what I believe is happening,” the businessman turned political hopeful told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Wednesday night.

Asked by Cavuto if he’s worried that the “bubble” of recognition might soon burst, Cain said he believes he’ll continue to do well because of a connection he has established in the GOP debates with potential voters by talking straight about his plans for Social Security reform and other issues. He criticized the “mainstream media” for trying to make the GOP nomination campaign a two-man race between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“The voice of the people is more powerful than the voice of the establishment media,” Cain said.

Asked by Cavuto if he believes the race is “finished” for Perry, who has fallen way behind in some polls, Cain said, “I wouldn’t say that.” But then he outlined several areas where he thinks conservatives disagree with Perry.

“It is going to be very difficult for him to overcome the fall that he has experienced because of a lot of controversy relative to providing in-state tuition for children of illegals. Conservatives don’t like that position,” Cain noted, adding that conservatives also believe Perry should take a tougher stand on strengthening the border with Mexico.

Cain also noted that Perry’s failure to put forward “a real jobs plan when you’re supposed to be Mr. Jobs” out on the campaign trail has hurt the governor as well.

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