By AP & WORLD STAFFERS
Presidential hopeful and pizza executive Herman Cain says he ”won’t be a flavor of the week” and his sudden climb to the top of GOP presidential polls will last.
Recent polls show Cain joining Mitt Romney for the top GOP tier, along with Gov. Rick Perry. Cain said Sunday that his signature 9-9-9 tax plan would lower taxes for most Americans, but conceded some middle-class-Americans might pay more. The plan would scrap the current federal tax code and replace it with 9 percent rates for personal income and corporate taxes and add a 9 percent national sales tax.
Many independent analysts say Cain’s plan would lower taxes on the rich and raise them for many middle class Americans, but the Georgia businessman disputed those doubts on NBC’s ”Meet the Press.”
In a debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas, Cain said he was sticking to his 9-9-9 tax reform, which he says will generate more than we take in for taxes now. But, rivals say Cain is still not counting the state income taxes that people, especially low income working people, will still pay.
The debate got heated between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, was the mature voice of reason, and felt he gained in the polls. Rep. Michelle Bachman denounce the Cain tax plan and continued to push the moms and women causes.
Other candidates who participated in the Western GOP Presidential Debate were Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. CNN hosted the debate and Anderson Cooper served as facilitator. There were also questions from the floor.
The 65-year-old businessman Cain, the son of a chauffeur and a maid, clearly has struck a chord with a part of the Republican electorate craving a fresh face not tied to the party establishment. This is the first presidential contest since the rise of the tea party movement which advocates small government and deep spending cuts. Cain is in many ways the natural culmination of the grass-roots movement: a political outsider, espousing an anti-tax platform.
The former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza has never held elected office, having lost a 2004 Republican primary