Herman Cain Ahead of Mitt Romney in New Poll

Jake Tapper reports on the GOP candidate's newfound momentum.
2:56 | 10/13/11

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Transcript for Herman Cain Ahead of Mitt Romney in New Poll
Your voice your vote and the latest candidate to excite the Tea Party is now the top of the -- -- of all the Herman Cain has now edged ahead of Mitt Romney and at least one major national poll. Does He have staying power only be the next GOP being on the fate in the spotlight. Maybe she's detective Jake Tapper has more on this from Washington Jake we knew -- had momentum but I was surprised to see just how much. That's right George this poll is absolutely stunning in this brand new poll came leads the pack. With 27%. Romney holding steady in the low twenties at his heels with 23%. Rick Perry has plummeted He only has 16%. George this is a very very volatile Republican race. Meet the new Republican front runner -- -- At a diner in New Hampshire of voter confronted McCain about one of the reasons for his popularity his catching 999. Tax plan. A flat rate of 9% for income and corporate tax in the -- 9% sales tax. -- seemed caught unaware. Why didn't. All I -- back on. The right now -- under the. Still -- -- recognition but instead of pushing back on team Mitt Romney is focusing much of his attention on Rick -- there figuring the Texas governor ultimately will be even tougher challenger. Governor Mitt Romney on the Laura Ingraham show a lot more on the Laura Ingraham radio show Romney continue to take umbrage with Rick Perry's refusal to denounce. A prominent supporter who introduced the aryan suggested Romney a Mormon is not a true Christian. And Mormon is and isn't cult. I think that's just the wrong direction for the country and that would of the spirit. -- our nation's heritage. Perry says He does not believing Mormon is -- is -- -- but he's refused to go any further. Feeding criticism he's tolerant of the intolerance. The question for Romney is whether instead of continuing with -- -- for the pastor's comments that He needs to start focusing more on seeing. Or is -- just another flavor of the week at the Republican Baskin Robbins -- -- or Michelle Bachmann Donald Trump. Chris Christie. Mitch Daniels and on and on. McCain insists he's not because that -- -- between the flavor of the week. And Haagen Dazs blank -- because it -- you know this. For its part the Obama campaign held a conference call in which senior advisor David Axelrod attacked. Mitt Romney saying that the Republican challengers were not doing a good enough job in George some other breaking news the Obama campaign has reported. 42 point eight million dollars have been raised in the final quarter putting them far ahead of anyone in the Republican -- to working okay Jane thanks very much.

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