Bachmann, Paul Court Cain Supporters
Republican presidential contenders Ron Paul (R-TX) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) both expressed confidence Sunday that former Herman Cain supporters will give their campaigns a new chance.
“One thing we’ve seen a lot of is Herman Cain supporters have been calling our office and they’ve been coming over to our side,” Bachmann said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding “part of that is because people see that I’m the tea party candidate in the race and they saw Herman Cain as an outsider and I think they see that my voice would be the one that would be most reflective of his.”
Cain abruptly suspended his campaign in Atlanta Saturday, citing a media firestorm surrounding several allegations of sexual misconduct and claims of a 13-year extramarital affair.
“As tea partiers see where the candidates stand on the issues, they’re going to come home and I think on January 3, a lot will come home,” Bachmann said of the date of the Iowa caucuses, the first contest of the primary season.
Meanwhile, Dr. Paul said Sunday he hoped voters attracted to Herman Cain’s “independent mindedness” would give his campaign a second look, The Hill Reports.
“We’re paying a lot of attention of that, because obviously they’re going to go somewhere,” Paul also said in an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I’m optimistic we’ll pick up some votes from there.”
Paul expressed confidence that his steady performance in the race, and his unwavering support from the tea party movement will pay off in the long run.
“We continue to do what we’re doing. We’ve had the flavors of the month up and down so far in this campaign. I like to think of myself as the flavor of the decade,” he said.
With less than a month before the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, Ron Paul is in second place with 18 percent support behind front-runner Newt Gingrich with 25 percent, according to the latest Des Moines Register poll released Saturday evening. Mitt Romney was third with 16 percent. The poll was taken before Herman Cain’s suspension of his campaign and he received 8 percent of support, the same as Michele Bachmann.