Herman Cain, Michael Reagan lend celebrity appeal to Gingrich’s last day of campaigningby 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.”