Perry Not up to Primetime,’ Says Cain

Sep 26, 2011 6:47pm

Herman Cain continues to make the media rounds today after his first- place finish at the Florida Straw Poll  Saturday.

Cain spoke with Megyn Kelly on “America Live,” explaining how he was able to beat the “media-proclaimed” frontrunners in Florida. Using far fewer resources, including a rented bus, he was able to crush Rick Perry and Mitt Romney by more than double. He credits his 9-9-9 plan as something that resonated with voters across the Sunshine State.

Despite Cain’s win, focus has shifted to Rick Perry, with Cain’s win being labeled a protest against Perry and the state of the GOP candidate field. Cain decried the leanings of the media and “political establishment,” saying, “They are still in denial that this long shot has a shot. The American people are showing little, by little, by little, that they’re not going to be influenced by the flavor of the week, they’re not going to be influenced by all of the hype.”

He added, “People can call it a protest vote all they want to. I don’t see it as a protest vote.”

Every Republican presidential nominee since Ronald Reagan has won the Florida Straw Poll. Those who try to detract from his win, Cain responds, “I think, that’s just their way of trying to spin it because they didn’t win it.”

In past interviews, Cain has avoided going after rivals. But today, he came out strong in his criticism of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s performance in the Fox News/Tea Party debate.

“With all due respect, it was not up to primetime. His performance, quite frankly, wasn’t even on par with anybody on that stage. Not in terms of the issues per se, but in just debate delivery.”

He went onto to say that Perry failed to present a cohesive plan that was attractive to voters. “You would have thought, getting all of this free publicity for weeks, that you would have at least already have started work on the outline of what you’re going to do about the biggest crisis we face, other than national security, which is this economy and I think that disappointed a lot of people.”

Over the weekend, Cain gave an interview to Chris Moody of The Ticket . He called the president a “liar” when it came to his jobs bill not being about class warfare but simple math. Cain reiterated his position. “Political correctness is not one of my strong points. It is a lie. And it is class warfare. That’s what it is pure and simple.”

National polls still have Rick Perry in the lead despite Cain’s win in Florida. He chucked it up to lack of name recognition and promised his name would only continue to rise. He plans to continue to build on his success in Florida through grassroots efforts and capitalizing on name recognition. Website traffic and donations for Herman Cain’s site were up, with his campaign website crashing following Saturday’s win.

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