Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says he’s ready to “move on” and talk about solutions to the nation’s problems rather than respond to allegations from four women who say Cain acted improperly toward them in the late 1990s.
“There has been no new information, no new data, no new facts, no new nothing, so there isn’t anything that we can do other than to stay on message,” Cain said this morning during an interview with Radio Iowa.
A new poll released early this morning shows Cain’s support in Iowa has dipped slightly since late October, but Cain still is one of four leading candidates here.
“Some people are going to naturally convicted me in the court of public opinion and so all I can do is ask them to consider the facts,” Cain said. “The good news is most of the voters here have considered the facts, that those accusations are baseless, and we are moving on.”
Can went to a cafe in Dubuque this morning to meet supporters. Rival Rick Perry was in Bettendorf this morning, outlining his plans for a “complete overhaul” of the three branches of the federal government. During his interview with Radio Iowa, Cain said, as president, he’d make immediate “systemic changes” in the government by executive order.
“I would start with an executive order to cut a 10 percent across-the-board cut in every federal agency, with maybe the exception of the Defense Department, although that would also be on the table,” Cain said. “Then you do, as business people do, you do a deep dive agency-by-agency-by-agency to find at least another 10 percent reduction. I happen to believe it’s there.”
The signature policy prescription Cain has offered calls for a new tax structure, with a nine percent personal income tax, a nine percent corporate tax and a nine percent national sales tax. According to Cain, coupling that tax plan with a 20 percent reduction in the federal budget will spur economic growth.
“We will then be able to get to a balanced federal budget sooner rather than later and, in doing so, we will also be in the position again to pay down this horrendous national debt,” Cain said.
The Bloomberg News poll released this morning found Cain garnering 20 percent support from the likely Iowa Caucus-goers surveyed. Ron Paul had 19 percent, Mitt Romney was at 18 percent and Newt Gingrich was the pick of 17 percent of those questioned.