Herman Cain’s political aspirations may have taken a hit with the past sexual allegations that have recently been made public. Team Obama should be dancing behind closed doors as this recent scandal has shifted Republican candidate focus away from the President’s agenda to a new target within their midst.
For Cain, this controversy has weakened his poll numbers nationally, but he is still holding the lead for the Republican nomination. Unfortunately, Cain’s contradictory statements regarding the sexual harassment allegations has flummoxed the formerly confidant politician. Currently, 48 percent of Republicans believe that the reports are untrue and 25 percent believe it’s possible that Cain did the crime. However, these new percentages show that Herman Cain and his platform are still speaking to Republican voters.
The Iowa Caucus is still two months away, which will begin the narrowing down of candidates for the nomination. Obama’s supporters are bound to be encouraged by the large number of viable Republican candidates since this improves the President’s chances for reelection. A larger group of candidates will open up the Independent votes.
The Herman Cain scandal could prove to be a turning point for the 2012 election. When voters see how Cain handles this setback, it may impress voters, which would increase his likelihood of achieving the Republican candidacy. Furthermore, if Cain is able to come through the ordeal and make it to the nomination, then he will be a heavy contender.
The crusade for the Republican nominee has been brutal and will certainly increase in intensity as the elections draw closer. Mr. Cain has accused staff members working for Governor Rick Perry of releasing reports regarding the sexual harassment reports and has asked the governor to apologize. However, Perry has denied the charges and responded that an apology was unnecessary. Herman Cain should focus on placing the scandal behind him, but as new reports continue to surface, the issue will continue to plague him.
Mr. Cain has become a popular candidate for voters due to his alternative style along with the fact that his political background is non-existent. His “9-9-9” plan for taxes has drawn both positive and negative comments. Additionally, the tax plan has become a major platform for his campaign and has brought the businessman voter attention.
Last Friday, a poll completed by the Washington Post and ABC News discovered that 7 out of every 10 Republicans were unconcerned about the harassment allegations, nor would they be likely to hold it against the presidential candidate.
Cain has smartly joined friendly settings to provide his response in stating that he was singled out unfairly. For its part, the Republican Party is expressing concern over the current quarreling among its candidates instead of focusing on the rival President Obama. However, several longtime Republican strategists have stated that infighting is typical and the current skirmish hasn’t reached a point where the candidates can’t forgive and forget.
It will be interesting to see if this scandal becomes a defining moment for Mr. Cain or a tiny blip in a successful campaign.
Erica blogs on an array of subjects, from politics to automotbiles. At the moment Erica works at cashfortrucks.com a car buying service.
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