GOP Race: What Have The Other Candidates Been Up To?
Like many news sites, we’ve devoted a lot of time to Herman Cain recently. Even before he began facing increasing numbers of accusations of sexual harassment, he was a non-stop train of outrageous statements and puzzling performances. But there are seven other Republican presidential candidates (or nine, or more, depending on how you count) who could have been getting away with murder for the past week, and the media would have barely noticed.
The other candidates have been suspiciously quite about Cain’s recent troubles, probably hoping that his campaign will now collapse without any obvious attacks from them. So what foibles have the others committed recently that have been kept from the headlines by the Cain circus?
Mitt Romney: Romney’s campaign continues to chug along like a well-oiled machine, facing only minor disturbances. The New York Times reports (vaguely) that he was slightly unwelcoming to a woman bugging him on a flight (although if he was flying coach to appear more human, you’d think he would have been eager to talk to people). Democrats try to highlight his support of the Mississippi “Personhood” anti-abortion bill, and though Romney’s flip-flop on abortion is well documented, this new stance certainly won’t hurt him among GOP primary voters. And he has a new health care reform plan that some are saying is very similar to the Democrats’ plan from two years ago.
Rick Perry: An video of highlights from a loose and laughing Perry delivering a speech in October prompted some to ask if the governor was drunk at the time. Perry has strongly denied this, but regardless, the video became a viral sensation, and even inspired a Saturday Night Live sketch.
Michele Bachmann: Bachmann tries to distract from her well-publicized campaign drama by telling Matt Lauer on the Today Show that she can create “millions of jobs.” Few details follow, except for “legalizing American energy production” (don’t we already produce some energy here in America?) and, of course, repealing health care reform.
Newt Gingrich: Gingrich has surged in the polls lately. He met with Herman Cain for a one-on-one debate in Texas this week, where allegations of sexual harassment were strictly off the table. Together, they focused their sharp criticisms on the president.
Ron Paul: Paul won another straw poll, but still lags in polls and media attention. He drew some fire and some praise recently for suggesting to “offer friendship” to Iran rather than sanctions, to persuade them to abandon their nuclear program.
Rick Santorum: Santorum has picked up a major endorsement in Iowa. Can he turn things around in primary season?