Presidential hopeful Herman Cain says he is managing to maintain high poll numbers in his quest for the Republican 2012 nomination because the “voice of the people is more important that the voice of the media. The Georgia businessman also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday that his message is also “more powerful” than money.
“I think that the Florida straw poll that took place about three weeks ago really sent the message, number one, the voice of the people is more powerful than the voice of the media — with all due respect. The second thing that came out of that, Sean, is that message is more powerful than money,” Cain said. “Right from the beginning — and you’ve seen it in the debates — I have talked about solutions to problems, developed the solutions, and shared them with the public and they are connecting with the public.
“You know that my economic growth and jobs plan has become very popular with the public — my 9-9-9 plan,” he said. “But I have also put other ideas on the table. So, I believe that what’s happening — based upon what people are telling me — is that the fact that I have a direct, clear message about how I would address these crises we face is resonating with the American people and I think that that has driven it a lot.”
Cain acknowledged his 9-9-9 plan took a pounding in the last GOP debate but he said because of the format, he was not allotted sufficient time to explain how his tax proposal would work.
“I knew that the bull’s-eye on my back, Sean, was big, but I didn’t know it was that big until that last debate — and I did not feel as if I was able to explain their attacks adequately because, as you know, you only get 30 seconds to respond,” Cain said. “But the good news is I continue to deflect it by saying you haven’t read the plan — you haven’t read the analysis. The good news is Arthur Laffer, who is one of the most respected economists on the planet, wrote a very nice article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, basically confirming everything that I was trying to say.”
Hannity then asked Cain about his latest campaign ad, which shows his chief of staff Mark Block smoking and has caused some controversy.
“We have a saying in my campaign, Sean: Let Herman be Herman — this is the attitude that I have when I do debates, this is the attitude I have when I do interviews — let Herman be Herman,” Cain said. “Mark Block is my chief of staff. And we also say, let Mark be Mark. Mark happens to be a smoker — he knows it’s a bad habit but he smokes.
“And so, we weren’t trying to send any subliminal message whatsoever — many of us found it hilarious because we know Mark Block,” he said. “So there was no hidden message there other than we were in Vegas and we wanted to put something new out on the Internet because I was inundated with other requests, and I trusted Mark Block — which I still do — and I thought he did a great job with the ad.”
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