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Herman Cain, Michael Reagan lend celebrity appeal to Gingrich’s last day of campaigning

by Jane Musgrave | January 30th, 2012

TAMPA – The Herminator and son-of-Gipper hit the campaign trail for GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich today on his last day of campaigning before Florida’s primary on Tuesday.

And it was difficult to tell which of the two GOP celebrities the crowds loved more.

Michael Reagan, 66, was on hand to visibly counter attacks from Mitt Romney that Gingrich exaggerates his ties to the former conservative talk show host’s beloved father, the late President Ronald Reagan.

Herman Cain, who dropped out of the GOP presidential race in December amid sexual harassment allegations, was there to help Gingrich lure Tea Party voters and, of course, use his trademark firebrand oratory skills to pump up the crowd.

Taking the stage to enthusiastic applause from about 100 Gingrich supporters in a cavernous airport hangar at Tampa International Airport, Cain said: “If I didn’t know better one could get the impression that you all like me. But even better I like Newt Gingrich for president of the United States.”

He said Gingrich promised him nothing and he asked for nothing in return for the endorsement he announced Saturday in West Palm Beach. While Gingrich didn’t embrace his flat tax, the 9-9-9 plan, he said he did gain a leadership position on Gingrich’s Economic Growth and Jobs Advisory Council.

“What do you think I’m going to advise them on?” he asked with a laugh. “He’s the only one who will throw out the tax code. You heard me say in one of their debates, rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic will not get this economy going. Throw out the tax code.”

Cain, who also joined Gingrich at a stop in Fort Myers, advised those in the crowd to stay inspired and stay informed. “Stupid people are ruining America,” he said.

Reagan, who joined Gingrich at all five stops he made throughout the day, emphatically denied Romney’s claims that Gingrich and his father didn’t work together to revive the conservative movement in the country.

Speaking to about 200 supporters in a hotel ballroom in Orlando this evening, he said: “The truth is, Newt was there when the battle started in the 1980s. He was there at the beginning of the process. … I didn’t see these others, who are the detractors, who say that Newt Gingrich didn’t have this kind of relationship with my father. He is a Reagan conservative.”

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5 Responses to “Herman Cain, Michael Reagan lend celebrity appeal to Gingrich’s last day of campaigning”

  1. tejas Says:

    I’m 50 yrs old, married, 1 daughter, grand daughter and another grand child on the way. I have NEVER been so concerned over an election in my life time until NOW! I’m not very knowledgable on politics, this is just why I have chosen my candidate.

    I have watched nearly all debates, have researched and read up as much as I can on all candidates. For me I need to see a person’s facial expressions, body language and watch their eyes as they speak to the audience. Through out the debates, town halls and various speeches, I have noticed most all candidates have taken bits and pieces, political stances, and answers to questions from just ONE MAN, Newt Gingrich.

    Mr. Speaker is my choice because of many reasons. For he is a man that speaks with depth, experience and true conviction. All others sound like they’re reading from some pre-written political pamphlet! To me, the POTUS is a job, and that job requires skills, experience, maturity, knowledge, character, honor, moral courage, righteousness, patriotism and sacrifice. As I read about Newt, he demonstrates the willingness to fight for promises made. His personal life is no concern to me. His company’s work with Freddie Mac is also no concern to me, its capitalism. His ethics charges while working as speaker were all found without merit and dropped. Anyone on the fence about Newt I would suggest reading several articles in the December 1998 issue of TIME magazine and others. Personally, I want someone as POTUS who is experienced in Washington D.C. and who clearly understands the workings within Washington. We’re at a time in America that can not afford to place someone of NO experience in DC. Newt is clearly a SME (Subject Matter Expert), and no other candidate exudes his knowledge, experience and sincerity. My candidate must be able to address the House and Senate to bring them together and solve our nation’s problems quickly. We have no time for a learning curve. We have no time for the Washington establishment to play games and totally overwhelm an inexperienced candidate. My candidate must have experience working to cut costs, balance budgets, allow businesses to grow and thus get America working again. My candidate must be able to speak clearly and with truths to America. He must be able to rally people to a common cause. I personally believe that part of America’s economy problems stems from the lack of trust businesses have on our government and president. My president must get businesses back into trusting government. When a man fights for a righteous cause, he tends to be out front and a target for many. My president must not be for business as usual as it pertains to the wheelings and dealings within Washington. He must fight for a national movement for reducing the scope and intrusiveness of the federal government, holding government accountable and changing at a fundamental level the way the federal government does business and interacts with citizens.

    Also important to me is how my candidate will act and speak to foreign dignitaries and government officials. He must be a leader and represent America strongly! I want a smart and knowledgable president to represent America.

    Newt has demonstrated his commitment to America with Our 21st Century Contract With America. What other candidate is willing to call their platform a contract? I trust Mr. Gingrich, and I trust him with my grandchildrens future.

  2. David Watermeyer Says:

    I have to say that I hope that Newt Gingrich distances himself from Michael Reagan.
    The latter I am sure would be a disgrace to his father as he, unlike his father, seems a complete and utter unapologetic racist.
    On his talk show he suggested that Muslim babies be given bombs on their first birthdays. This is not satirical. It is completely in bad taste and to use the word in its correct way is evil.

  3. David Watermeyer Says:

    For what its worth I went back and see that what he said was “put a grenade up their arse and kill their mothers too.” I am not American but I am utterly shocked that such a person is taken seriously in your country. If you don’t believe what he said take a look here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkL73t41jr4 for a clip of his show.

    You might have to cut and paste into the URL.

  4. Geoff Says:

    HEY TEJAS

    NEWT WAS NOT AQUITTED HE WAS FOUND GUILTY BY HIS OWN PARTY!!!

    YOU DID NOT SAY “knowledge, character, honor, moral courage, righteousness,”
    ABOUT NEWT,never kept a vow in my life,Gingrich????
    Are you on drugs or just insane?????

  5. CB Lee Says:

    Nice comments and clarity Tejas! No Geoff- Newt was not acquitted – in fact all but 1 charge was DROPPED- all were unfounded allegations including the 1 charge that stuck which was an error on Newt’s then attorney and if you read about it, it was an ethics charge that in the course Newt was teaching from the book he had written there was a question as to the content being partisan and politically beneficial. Although Newt did agree to pay for the cost of the investigation ($300,000) 3 years later it turns out that he was right – and the accusers were wrong. “The IRS, concluding a three-year investigation, ruled that the Progress and Freedom Foundation’s donations to Gingrich were “consistent with its stated exempt purposes,” and Gingrich’s course and course book “were educational in content.” L2read as my kids would say.

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