It’s been painful for me, watching the Cain campaign slowly die. He was always a long shot candidate, but I figured his Presidential campaign would benefit him like his 2004 run for the Georgia Senate did. As you’ll recall Cain came out of nowhere in 2004. Because of his positive campaign and charismatic personality he performed better than expected and gained a lot of fans as a result. I thought a Cain Presidential campaign would do much the same on a national scale and for a while it seemed that would happen. Alas, that’s not been the case the last few weeks. As you know by now, Dale Russell lowered the latest boom on the Cain Train causing Cain to reassess where he’s going.
Cain sent out an email to supports late Tuesday that said:
Dear Patriots and Supporters,
As you probably heard yesterday, a troubled Atlanta business woman used national media outlets to promulgate a fabricated, unsubstantiated story about a 13 year affair with me. I am writing you today to assure you that this woman’s story is completely false.
I do know Ms. White. I have helped her financially at times over the past few years, just as I have helped many friends and acquaintances throughout the years. I thought Ms. White was a friend in need of a supportive hand to better her life.
Ms. White has made it apparent that she was abusing the friendship.
But now I am asking for your friendship. I am also asking for your prayers and support. This is a trying time for my family, my campaign, and for me. It is also a trying time for our country as we are all distracted from the truly important issues facing our nation.
This evening I have an important speaking engagement at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, where I will be outlining my foreign policy and national security plan. While recent events have taken a toll on me, the people in the audience this evening will not know it. I will deliver my message with vigor and enthusiasm.
Let me assure you, I am not deterred. America’s future is too important. We will continue on this journey to make America great once again.
Thank you and God bless.
Here’s the latest Real Clear Politics average for the GOP nomination:
Newt Gingrich continues to surge, leading in Iowa and South Carolina and gaining ground in New Hampshire. Gingrich’s positive intensity has risen quite dramatically as you might imagine. However, some say Newt Gingrich judges you.
Speaking of Iowa, social conservatives want to coalesce behind one candidate not named Mitt. They’ve winnowed the list down to four: Bachman, Gingrich, Perry, and Santorum. However a followup meeting was postponed.
If you haven’t seen the Bad Lip Reading videos of some of the Presidential candidates, check them out. Here’s Rick Perry’s.
Finally, Rick Santorum spoke at an event organized by the 7th District Republican Party. Aaron Gould Sheinin was there:
“You cannot have limited government without a good, decent moral society,” he said. “It cannot exist.”
To solve poverty in America, Santorum said, “get people to marry. In two-parent families in America, the poverty rate today, in the third year of a recession, is 8 percent.”
Single parents, he said, while often “heroic people,” are much more likely to fall into poverty, and their children go with them.