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October 10th, 2011
05:43 AM ET

Talk Back: Why is Herman Cain surging in the polls?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Imagine a 2012 presidential race that pits Barack Obama against Herman Cain, hey, anything is possible.  Many political talking heads pooh-pooh the polls.  They claim Cain is just "flavor of the week."

Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia calls Cain a "place holder" for voters unhappy with the rest of the GOP field.

But something about Cain resonates with people.  He's a self-made man who makes no excuses for high black unemployment.

"I don't think racism in this country holds anybody back in a big way," Cain said.

He's also a personable guy saying things like, "I would bring a sense of humor to the White House, because America's too uptight."

Cain also has, what sounds like, a simple solution to our economic woes.  It's his signature "9-9-9" plan.  It would throw out the current tax code, and replace it with a 9 percent income flat tax, a 9 percent sales tax, and a 9 percent business flat tax.

Many economists say the 9-9-9 plan would hurt poor people and retailers.  Regardless, 9-9-9 is catchy – as is Herman Cain.

Talk Back: Why is Herman Cain surging in the polls?

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