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Reminder: Herman Cain Endorsed Romney Over McCain in 2008

Morgen on October 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Over at Hot Air, Allahpundit is questioning why on earth Romney would (reportedly) say of Herman Cain today: “vote for either one of us and you’ll be happy”. I’m not sure I know the answer either but it seems many people have forgotten that Cain was a relatively early endorser of Romney over McCain in the 2008 election cycle. Since “true conservative” endorsements are always hard to come by for Romney, I’m guessing this may be just a little gesture of appreciation on his part. Here’s an excerpt from Cain’s 2008 statement:

The dynamics of political party connections, the political process itself and public perceptions have once again yielded the top two contenders of each major party in the 2008 presidential race. And once again, the public can only hope that the ultimate winner of the White House will be a candidate with the most leadership substance.

My vote is for Mitt Romney.

History is important, but the future is more important. Making history is nice, but nice can’t make critical decisions. The success of this country in the future will be shaped by the leadership abilities of the next president…

Anyone who wishes to find a reason not to vote for Romney can easily find one. But the reasons to vote for him are far more compelling. He has successfully managed a real business with other people’s money and some of his own. He has balanced budgets. He successfully led a turnaround situation with the Olympics. And he has spent more of his career outside government than inside…

Great leaders are born and good leaders keep working on it. We are not favored with an obvious great leader in the 2008 presidential race, as is apparent from the primary process and the results thus far.

But Mitt Romney’s leadership credentials offer the best hope of a leader with substance, and the best hope for a good president who could turn out to be great.

A Romney/Cain or Cain/Romney ticket is starting to sound pretty good to me, and I’d bet Romney is pretty confident that it is much more likely to be the former than the latter.

Could this have been planned from the start? In other words, is it possible that Romney and Cain have some sort of arrangement? Cain would be expected to draw support away from all the candidates to Romney’s right in the primary, potentially paving the way for Romney’s nomination. With Cain’s impeccable conservative credentials, he’d be a logical partner to help Romney shore up support with the conservative base in general next year, particularly in the South. And he obviously has an affinity for Romney based on his business leadership experience. I don’t think either of them could have anticipated that Cain would develop into a serious contender, given his lack of money and field organization. But it’s interesting that Cain doesn’t seem to be in much of a hurry to change this. Hmmm….

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