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CBS ignores Herman Cain’s performance in Iowa poll

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

CBS omitted Herman Cain’s performance in a new Iowa poll of GOP presidential contenders despite his third place finish.

On Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” moderator Bob Schieffer correctly said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann finished first and second in the poll. But then he passed over Cain, incorrectly saying Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich polled next after the two front-runners.

(Herman Cain bashes Mitt Romney for playing ‘political games’ with Daily Caller/ATR/YouTube debate)

Here’s the transcript of Schieffer discussing the poll with Bachmann, a guest on his show.

“Iowans awoke to the news this morning that you and Mitt Romney are the big favorites among Iowa caucus goers. Iowa, of course, is the first contest for the Republican nomination. The polls shows that Romney has 23 percent, you have 22 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent. That means the two of you are statistically tied. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are next with 7 percent. Here’s the big surprise, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has put in a lot of time and effort out there is behind even Gingrich.”

Actually, next in the poll was Herman Cain at 10 percent. Cain, who has never held elective office before, is the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

Here are the Des Moines Register poll results — its first of the election season:

Mitt Romney: 23 percent
Michele Bachmann: 22 percent.
Herman Cain: 10 percent.
Newt Gingrich: 7 percent
Ron Paul: 7 percent
Tim Pawlenty: 6 percent
Rick Santorum: 4 percent
Jon Huntsman: 2 percent

UPDATE: CBS calls it an accident and apologizes:

“In this morning’s Face the Nation, we inadvertently omitted Herman Cain’s third place finish in the Des Moines Register Poll,” said CBS spokeswoman Elizabeth Wasden in a statement to The Daily Caller. “We apologize for the error.”

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  • Gesualdo2

    This was NOT an accidental overlooking of Herman Cain.  I am an Atlantan and a Republican, and the national media has consistently overlooked Herman Cain.  He has won several nationally-attended straw polls of conservative groups, including one recently in Denver.  I attribute the omissions by the national media to ignorance—They are so fixated on Washingtonians (Romney and Bachmann) and governors (like Perry) that they cannot seem to grasp that out in the real world a true businessman would be more respected in economic matters.  Secondly, the national Republican Party is stubbornly refusing to acknowledge Cain because they have already decided that Romney or a white Republican governor (yet unannounced) will be their candidate.  Thirdly, the idea of a “black on black” race is incomprehensible to many who never thought that they would see even one black President in their lifetime.  Yet even without much media attention and with much less financial backing, Cain continues to place high.  This says a lot about his true appeal and his own personal strength and determination, something totally lacking in our current “no guts” President.

    As a fan of Herman Cain and an attendee at his 15,000+ announcement in Olympic Park, I hope that he will keep the enthusiasm and keep up the debate, because the national spotlight has not yet fathomed the extent of the support for the sorts of ideas he espouses (just as they originally misjudged the public support of the Tea Party movement). The ostriches need to get their heads out of the sand, because there is a train coming—a Cain Train!

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  • Twodadump

    Many would believe we need a politician to be our president. For the last 2 1/2 years….we have had to experience one of the worst presidents ever elected. I believe the American populace vote is less likely to ever count in any election in these days of lying to the American people. We have turned our system into a caste system. The Dems get 4-8 years, and then the Repubs get 4-8 years. THEY….know who will be elected TODAY. You don’t know who THEY is? The puppet masters of the world. The trillion-aires with nothing else to do but manipulate. Come on. Do you really think McCain or Obama was really qualified to be president to the many who really qualified to become president? Herman hasn’t a chance. I would vote for him though. But no president will ever be elected who wants America back on the gold standard. Too many men were killed for harboring that idea. Herman Cain wants us back on the gold standard after being Director of the Kansas Federal Reserve board. How could that ever be? Michael Savage says Romney/Baughman ticket will when back the sanity. How? Just a pipe dream. And Biden won’t help get enough votes the second time around? Como? Well that ties up New York. Who cares anyway when the Trillionairs are willing to pull the strings after 2012.

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  • erick1740

    Who cares what an old senile washed up left wing political hack has to say.