Herman Cain Is Surprise Winner of Florida Straw Poll

Monday, September 26, 2011

Talk show host and conservative Herman Cain (Brendan Smialowski/Getty)

There are still months to go before voters even begin the nominating contest for the Republican party's presidential candidate. But the surprising results of Florida's presidential straw poll on Saturday are getting a lot of attention. Businessman Herman Cain won the poll in a landslide victory with 37 percent of the vote. He isn't a candidate we think of being among the front runners but his comments in these past few weeks have been memorable. Texas governor Rick Perry got just over 15 percent, Mitt Romney 14 percent, and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann came in last. Marc Caputo, political reporter for the Miami Herald, joins us to talk about the poll results.

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Marc Caputo

Comments [1]

Larry David

I'm an independent voter who leans Republican. I voted for Perot in 92 because I didn't like Bush or Clinton and thought Perot had some good ideas. Like Cain, he was specific and he didn't dodge questions like a politician. I hate the fact that money wins elections and that politicians are actually rewarded for not giving clear, direct answers to direct questions. I hope that in the internet age, this may change. The pundits and Republican insiders may have crowned Perry (or Romney), but perhaps now the people will have a bigger voice in the primary stage. That would increase the power of the people - so primary candidates would have to woo the whole nation, not just Iowa and New Hampshire - and give us more real choices. Hopefully we can even get to the point where the general election is not a choice between the lesser of two evils.

Sep. 26 2011 09:35 AM

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