Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “I simply remind people: No, I have not held public office. Most of the people in Washington, D.C., that have this country in a state of crisis, they’ve held political office … ‘How’s that workin’ for you?,’” said Herman Cain earlier this year as he spoke to the Austin Economic Club. “To paraphrase one of my supporters, ‘President Obama may raise a billion dollars, but the people of this country are going to raise some Cain’,” said Cain.
“I believe that my passion, my common sense solutions, and my determination not to be discouraged because I am ‘the dark horse candidate;’ I think all of that is what’s going to separate me,” said Cain.
“I don’t need a billion dollars, because I don’t believe he (President Obama) will be able to buy a 2nd term,” Cain said during his comments to the Austin Economic Club breakfast.
The Tea Party impact on Republican primaries, and in races traditionally held by business-minded Democrats, has proven to be successful boon to Republican candidates up & down the election ballot. In 2010, the Tea Party helped provide the margin of victory to give the GOP control of several state legislatures.
In Texas, where many expected Republican gains in the Texas State House, the added turn-out propelled Republicans to a super-majority 101 out of 150 state House Seats.
Local to Austin, the red wave carried Republican Jason Isaac into office as State Representative in November 2010. The Dripping Springs Republican House member believes the Tea Party message can be the ticket to the White House, especially for Cain.
“Its one that resonates with people that I’ve seen over the past 2 years, that said ‘I’ve never even voted, never been involved in the process, but I’ve got to make a difference or its going to be my kids, their children whose lives are on the line,” said Isaac.
Said Cain, “What we have is a ‘deficiency in leadership’ crisis. First, you’ve got to make sure you’re working on the right problem. Number two, set the right priorities … Immigration is one of the biggest issues that we face. One of the reasons that not much progress has been made, is because every time you hear someone in Washington, D.C. talk about ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform,’ that just means they don’t have any idea how to solve the problem.”
With Election Day is still more than a year away, and the nation’s economy in prolonged decline, many analysts predict that by the time people go to the polls in November 2012 even further state & local budget cuts, job reductions and additional housing concerns will be setting in.
That could bring another set of angry voters to the ballot box, looking to express their disappointment in the Obama administration’s policies, as well as those of Congress.
Whoever wins this years GOP Presidential Primary nomination will likely face President Obama, who is raising a lot of cash. Obama’s stop in Austin in mid-May reportedly raised $2 million dollars.