Herman “Federal Reserve apologist” Cain wins Tea Party straw poll in Illinois

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BY SAM HUDZIK | WBEZ91.5

Presidential candidate Herman Cain came to Illinois this weekend to woo Tea Party activists, and left with a straw poll victory. Cain attended the Midwest Tea Party Convention in northwest suburban Schaumburg.

The Georgia businessman got the crowd at TeaCon 2011 riled up on Saturday afternoon by paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence.

“It says when any form of government becomes destructive of those ideals, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it,” Cain said. “We’ve got some altering and some abolishing to do.”

Cain’s speech to the activists had few Illinois references to it. Asked later by a reporter for his thoughts on local issues like Asian carp or the O’Hare Airport expansion, he laughed.

“I’m sorry,” Cain said. “That one is way out of my league. I’m not even sure what you’re talking about.”

Cain won 77 percent of the straw poll vote. He was the only presidential candidate to show up at the convention, though organizers said all the contenders were invited.

To read more, visit:  http://www.wbez.org/story/herman-cain-wins-tea-party-straw-poll-illinois-92729

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