Polls: Cain Ahead of Perry, But Will Christie Run?

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A new poll shows GOP contender Herman Cain in front of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the race to see who will be the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012.

Along with the GOP polling data and Cain's Florida straw poll victory over the weekend, comes speculation that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could join the race.

Despite his repeated denials, Gov. Christie continues to garner support. He is scheduled to give a speech Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential

Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, Calif., that could fuel even more speculation about a presidential bid.

Click play to watch Mark Martin's report followed by analysis from Ford O'Connell, former presidential campaign advisor and current chairman of the Civic Forum Political Action Committee.

Maybe it's his straight-talking style.

"My first thought is, 'It's none of your business.' Well, then you know what? You don't have to do it," Christie said.

Or his take on what the candidates are proposing to fix the economy.

"The fact that nobody yet who's running for president, in my view, has done that effectively is why you continue to hear people ask Daniels if he'll reconsider and ask me if I'll reconsider," he told a reporter during an interview at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Whatever the reason, the thought of Christie entering the race is positive news for some Republicans.

"I don't want to say it's the Beatles arriving in New York City, but Republicans are so excited about the possibility of Christie getting into the race," political consultant and pollster Frank Luntz said.

"I've not seen anything like this in my time in politics," he said.

Christie's schedule this week resembles more of a presidential candidate tour than visits by a New Jersey governor -- with stops in Missouri, California, and Louisiana.

However, a Christie spokesman remains firm, saying, "nothing has changed with regards to the governor's decision not to run for president in 2012."

The latest shift in Republican presidential front runners is fueling the speculation.

An Ibope-Zogby poll shows Perry dropping more than 20 points over the past month with Cain now taking the GOP lead with 28 percent.

"The number of people volunteering and the number of contributions, particularly, went up by a factor of ten. What that said was the people across this country are getting it," Cain said.

Obama Sings the 'Blues'

Meanwhile, President Obama campaigned at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif.

"I never promised you easy. If you wanted easy, you wouldn't have campaigned for Barack Hussein Obama," the president told an audience of supporters.

"He has exhibited a lot more spine lately. Getting back on track, getting back to the 2008 Barack Obama that many of us supported," supporter Tim Devine said.

Obama hit seven political fundraising events on the West Coast in two days. His next stop is Colorado where he will talk jobs.

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