Former presidential candidate Herman Cain said the tea party is growing in power and influence despite recent congressional setbacks in GOP primaries.
Cain said that the conservative movement has pushed the Republican Party into listening to "fresh" opinions while also encouraging the GOP to concentrate on its limited-government core values, the Las Vegas Review-Journal
"The tea party movement is causing some establishment candidates to move to the right," Cain told the newspaper, while noting that establishment GOP incumbents are usually better funded in campaigns than tea party hopefuls.
"Even though the quote, unquote 'tea party-backed candidates' may not be winning a lot of these contests, their influence is causing some of their establishment candidates to modify their views."
Cain is backing tea party congressional candidate Niger Innis in Tuesday’s GOP primary in Las Vegas, where he faces Assemblyman Cresent Hardy, the establishment candidate who has the support of Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and other top state GOP leaders.
Cain, who is a conservative commentator on TV and radio, said Innis "would bring a fresh voice in support of what I call conservative principles — less government, less taxes, and more individual responsibility."
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