Cain Emerges Victorious in Two GOP Straw Polls

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Presidential hopeful Herman Cain is putting pressure on the rest of the GOP field.
The Georgia businessman won two straw polls over the weekend, beating Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney.

The first victory came in Kansas City, Mo., from the National Federation of Republican Woman. Cain won with 48 percent of the vote. Perry was a distant second at 14 percent.
Cain's second straw poll win came at a Tea Party meeting outside Chicago.

"It took a few passionate patriots to start this nation," Cain told the audience. "And it's going to take a few passionate patriots to save this nation."
Cain went on the attack this weekend, accusing Perry of being racially insensitive. The governor's family leased hunting land with the name "N-----head" painted on a rock at the entrance of the property.
Perry's claims it was painted over and covered up decades ago, but Cain says the name should have been removed sooner.

"I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place," Cain said.
Meanwhile, President Obama called out the entire Republican field for not defending a gay soldier whom the audience appeared to boo during the last debate, held Sept. 22.
"You want to be commander-in-chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it's politically inconvenient," the president said.

Cain agreed.

"Yes, that probably -- that would have been appropriate," he told ABC News' "This Week." 
Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has yet to decide whether he'll enter the 2012 race.
At least one other candidate welcomes the competition: former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"If he wants to come and play, we'll be glad to have him come," Gingrich said.
Those close to the Christie say he will decide within days if he's going to run.

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