Herman Cain wins straw poll at Cobb GOP get-together
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Cobb County Commissioner Jo Ann Birrell had a great time at Cobb GOP Independence Day Celebration & BBQ sponsored by the Cobb Republicans group.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
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MARIETTA - The Daily Show's Jon Stewart may mock him, but presidential hopeful Herman Cain easily won the straw poll at the Cobb GOP Independence Day Celebration & Bar-B-Q on Monday.

Joe Dendy, Cobb GOP chairman, said results for the straw poll put Cain at 43 percent, compared to only 14 percent for Newt Gingrich, 13 percent for Michele Bachmann, 10 percent for Rick Perry, eight percent for Mitt Romney, five percent for Tim Pawlenty, 3.5 percent for Ron Paul and three percent for Sarah Palin.

Rick Santorum and Gary Johnson received only one vote each, he said.

Of the 724 people who turned out to the event at Jim Miller Park about half voted in the straw poll, meaning half the people in attendance were likely undecided, Dendy said.

Traditionally when a candidate shows up to an event like Monday's it skews the votes in his or her favor, but Dendy said none of the candidates were present at what he calls the largest political barbecue in the state.

"Herman has come to Cobb County several times over the last several years and a lot of people know him, and he impresses lots of folks in Cobb County. He impresses the tea party, and we have a strong tea party in Cobb County," Dendy said, speculating on why Cain won the poll, while adding that as party chairman he does not endorse any candidate. "He's a strong businessman, proven himself as a businessman and at this time everyone is looking at the economy," Dendy said.

Speaking to the crowd, U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) noted that 87 new Republicans had joined the House, changing the entire dynamic of Washington.

"So now we're talking about smaller government, less oppressive government, and less spending, and that's what we ought to be talking about," Price said.

Yet Price warned that President Obama would use "every demagogic tool in his box" to turn the public against Republicans.

"And the way that that happens is as we approach this debt ceiling challenge that we've got right now Congress can say, 'no,' and then the president decides who gets paid," Price said. "And if the president says 'OK, that's all right with me, but the troops won't get paid, the senior citizens won't get their Social Security check and the docs taking care of Medicare patients won't get paid,' that's what we're looking at. The only way for us to prevail is for you to stand strong, recruit your friends, your neighbors, everybody else to the cause."

State Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) tried to put the nation's debt problem into perspective. Imagine a family with an income of $100,000 and a credit card debt of $650,000, he said.

"Friends, that's where our nation is today," Setzler said. "Our federal government takes in $2.2 trillion in total revenues and we have $14.3 trillion in debt. Our national debt is six and a half times what we take in each year as a nation."

The solution is for the federal government to pass a constitutional amendment that would mandate the annual approval of a balanced budget, just as the state of Georgia does, he said.

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens), who delivered the invocation, warned about the future of the U.S.

"We're standing on the precipice, staring down in the deep chasm of socialism and total government control," Broun said.

Broun called on the audience to reflect on the principles provided by the Founding Fathers, "and be engaged by responding to restore those principles that have made this the greatest nation ever in the history of mankind, the greatest political experiment, and it was all because this nation stood firm on God's principles."

There are those who wish to destroy the U.S., Broun said, citing radical Islam and "progressives."

"Father, there are many who want to destroy us from outside this nation," Broun said. "Folks like al-Qaeda and the radical Islamists. But there are folks that want to destroy us from inside, the progressives and the socialists, who want to make this nation a nation that's no longer under you, under God, but a nation that's ruled by man."

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) said when Obama was first elected he went on a world tour and proceeded to apologize "for all the sins of U.S."

"And when he was asked about American exceptionalism, his comment was something to the effect that, 'well, all countries are exceptional,'" Gingrey said. "Well, many countries are special, but only one is exceptional, and that is the United State of America. And we need never apologize for that."

State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) said if Republicans want to win in the next election, the message must be one of freedom. That's why he supports the Fair Tax and healthcare that allows medical choices to take place between him and his doctor rather than between him and the president.

Moreover, "I support a parent's right to choose how their child is educated because the next generation of Americans are the ones that are going to keep us free, and they ought not have to be dictated by government," Rogers said. "It ought to be the parents who run education in this country. Not the government. You should not have to go to a school based on your United States postal mailing address."

Rogers called such a requirement crazy.

"You ought to go to the education system where your parents want you to go, and when we give parents that power, when we empower parents and give children freedom, guess what? This country will be greater than we've ever known."

Among those in attendance Monday were Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren, Attorney General Sam Olens, Georgia Tea Party Chairman J.D. Van Brink, Ag Commissioner Gary Black and Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.

Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart said she likely came to the first Cobb GOP Bar-B-Q in the mid 1970s.

"It was at somebody's house, but you know, Republicans were poor in those days," Everhart said. "We couldn't afford something like this, but it always kind of energizes us to get ready for the next election cycle, and of course we're starting a little early this time because we've got to take back our country."

Surveying the Republicans who had come together to break bread, state Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-east Cobb) said it was a reaffirmation that citizens care about the nation and what's happening to it.

"And they're willing to be involved and stand up for what they believe by working through our county's party system," Cooper said. "We are a country that solves our elections without guns. We do it at the election ballot. And the rhetoric can get heated and we can all defend the person we want to support but in the end we come together."

Meantime, at the other end of the political spectrum, the Cobb Democratic Party hosted a hamburger and hotdog cookout at Rhyne Park in Smyrna.

State Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell) estimated a turnout of about 80 for the event, called the Herb Butler Independence Day Picnic.

"We got rained on and everybody hung out under the pavilion," Wilkerson said. "I saw a lot of new people and there was a lot of excitement. It was a good time."
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anonymous
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July 11, 2011
@ Not a chance....and do you really think Obama was a poor man when elected to office? Educate yourself!!
Not a chance
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July 10, 2011
cain has no chance---he's just in the race to get taxpayer campaign millions and probably write a book. African-Americans and unions are not going to vote for a rich uncle tom.
Fiscal Conservative
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July 08, 2011
Had I been there, I would have voted for Gary Johnson.
David Staples
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July 08, 2011
Being that the Tea Party meetings begin with prayer, it's no wonder that a theocrat such as Herman Cain would have a good bit of support amongst it's members. Personally, I prefer a separation of church and state.
Just Wait
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July 06, 2011
Herman Cain doesn't stand a chance. He may be decent and honorable and all the other babel, but does anyone honestly think anyone without a background of holding office (not just running) will be elected? Chaos would rule Washington. Remember Ross Perot?
MartKarble2012
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July 06, 2011
All you need to do is look up Ron Paul on Youtube. Herman Cain used to work for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 92' and served as chairman in 95'-96'. Cain is just like Ben Bernanke, the current Federal Reserve Chairman, who would not target the monetary policies of the U.S. One of our most fundamental problems.

As of now, you realize the gov. borrows, taxes, and prints money to pay for its obligations which are over 4.3 trillion a year (we only bring 2ish trillion a year in revenue). So now we have borrowed too much, and to continue risks our country to foreign nations, we have taxed too much, and may lead to protesting, riots, and revolting due to high taxation (taxing the rich wont help anyone, just not enough and hurt economic growth and the rich will just leave the U.S. as did the corporations), so what do you do....? You PRINT the money.

Printing money out of thin air to pay obligations is just a tax from the government passed down to you the tax payer/consumer/saver. When they print, they devaluate the currency which in turn makes prices go up. This is the inflation tax. So when they destroy the dollar and the dollar buys nothing because of hyperinflation. Instead of the poverty rates now, everyone will be in poverty because everyone's money isn't worth anything. It will be a complete financial collapse.

History proves this to us time and time again. We need to scale back and become the beacon of freedom we once were. We must protect this country, the Constitution, and our people. Are we going to be one of the first empires to call it quits before it's too late? To save the nation we all thought we lived in?

Register Republican and vote for Ron Paul in the GOP Primary.
GOPirrelevant
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July 06, 2011
I'm white, and if Herman Cain is in the race, he'll get my vote, along with anyone who is red, purple, or fuschia, so long as it's a principled conservative who is willing to be politically incorrect and save this country from the marxists in DC, and the progressives who are pseudo sympathizers with every non-american, union-supporting group!

The GOP has double-crossed true conservatives, and I will never, ever vote for another individual with a Harvard, Yale or Princeton degree - for there is the breeding ground of elitists who will get into bed with any UN group seeking total control. (Agenda 21).

As far as MediCare - Mr. RadicalGOP, get real! Obviously you don't have a serious illness yet or you'd know that O.Bama has already cut it to the core! As a 40-something taking care of an elderly parent, let me tell you that you are totally screwed with this government's plan. Don't believe me? Call any local Old Marietta Physician. They'll tell you - I just got the speech from one while my parent was in Kennestone. The older generation has paid and paid for years, and it doesn't matter now - the government has made off with the money and is giving it to other countries while our elderly do without. Get over yourself and get out from under your liberal rock. It's not just dems or republicans - it's ALL of Washington DC!
anonymous
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July 06, 2011
---anonymous @ Wednesday, Jul 06 at 08:16 AM. you and RadicalGOP can head on back to your democrat operative headquarters. No one here believes a thinking person, who claims to be familiar with the Ryan plan, would actually continue to talk the nonsense of you and RadicalGOP. Get on down the road little democrat zombies (operatives), get along now!
anonymous
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July 06, 2011
---Radicalgop wrote on Wednesday, Jul 06 at 06:21 AM » I did where am I wrong? 13,300 for me and my wife out of pocket every year to an insurance company with no guarantees on level of coverage. Pretty simple to understand.---

You forgot to apply the part where the gov sends you a check for that amount each year to pay for your insurance. But then, if you did that you would not be a democrat party operative, would you?

anonymous
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July 06, 2011
RadicalGOP is correct about the costs to get Medicare. The GOP caused this by years of unfunded spending during Bush (tax cuts for rich, unfunded off book wars, drug insurance not paid for etc) and now they want to sock it to the middle class and reduce taxes on the wealthy. How does that make sense unless you are bought and paid for by tghe rich? Is this the same GOP of Reagan> No way.
Radicalgop
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July 06, 2011
I did where am I wrong? 13,300 for me and my wife out of pocket every year to an insurance company with no guarantees on level of coverage. Pretty simple to understand.
Raqzorbath
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July 05, 2011
Herman wants to cut any and all social programs while continuing to funnel every available cent to the military industrial complex. Just like Romney. These idiots would have us invading Tehran in a year if they got their way. There is a reason you always hear "PEACE AND PROSPERITY" together...

Ron Paul 2012
anonymous
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July 05, 2011
---tea partier wrote on Tuesday, Jul 05 at 09:52 AM » I completely support Herman Cain. I consider him to be a honorable decent man who loves his country and he is a true conservative. I'm wondering if this is going to hurt my standing as a racist.---

I know. I am a bit concerned as well. Maybe we need some bumper stickers that say "White Racists for Herman Cain" so no one gets the wrong idea.
anonymous
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July 05, 2011
--- Jackson McCordele wrote on Tuesday, Jul 05 at 12:16 AM » These hard-core, racists republicans are not going to vote for Cain at the poll.---

Yes, yes all those Cobb County HARD-CORE racist republicans...ain't goin' vote for Herman Cain 'cause he be a black guy. Pleeeaaaazzze. Go crawl back under the rock you have been living under.

FWIW, the real racists these days are the white liberals who see nothing but color when they look at a person. No sir, the white liberals have done nothing to further Martin Luther Kings vision of a world in which people are not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

anonymous
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July 05, 2011
---RadicalGOP wrote on Tuesday, Jul 05 at 06:32 AM » It's nice to have a barbecue and skew the other party with radical right wing talk but what about medicare that they propose to eliminate? ... ---

RadicalGOP...go read what has been proposed before you start posting this kind of untrue garbage.
GoodScout
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July 05, 2011
Paul Broun compared progressives to radical islamic terrorists -- in a PRAYER -- on July 4th?? Talk about BURYING THE LEAD!!!!
Connie Mack Jr
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July 05, 2011
No doubt Herman giving out 2000 Godfather Pizza's proves one thing about Republicans. They will eat anything and vote for anything that is alive with a heart beat.......
Pyrometman
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July 05, 2011
@ Herman Cain 2012,

Your comments certainly give most conservative tea party republicans a nice warm and fuzzy feeling. However, when will Herman Cain talk about spending? You can't lower tax rates if you don't also lower spending. I haven't heard him present any kind of reasonable plan for cutting spending. If he has, I haven't heard him talking about it...and if he has, does he understand that any spending but military spending will be extremely difficult to cut as President. I won't vote for someone who cannot possibly make an immediate and significant impact on spending. That's why I'll be voting for Ron Paul.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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July 05, 2011
Herman Cain For President: Some people simply refuse to learn from past mistakes.
tea partier
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July 05, 2011
I completely support Herman Cain. I consider him to be a honorable decent man who loves his country and he is a true conservative. I'm wondering if this is going to hurt my standing as a racist.
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