Skip to comments.Cain smoking ad brings flood of donations
Posted on 10/29/2011 10:00:12 AM PDT by freespirited
While Herman Cain's viral Web ad in which chief of staff Mark Block pointedly takes a drag from a cigarette after extolling the presidential candidate's virtues might have raised eyebrows among political strategists and heckles in Internet comment sections, the ad seems to have also raised the rate at which the insurgent campaign is bringing in fundraising dollars.
Cain has brought in nearly $2 million within the last week alone, nearly doubling his weekly returns earlier this month, his campaign told The Wall Street Journal. By contrast, Cain only brought in $2.8 million over the entire third quarter.
"Our donations online have shot up a lot since that ad, Block told the Journal. The money we are getting is wildly beyond our expectations."
Cain's campaign has argued that the ad was a manifestation of a nontraditional, down-to-earth style that has caught the Republican zeitgeist. The polls seem to echo that analysis, with Cain leading Mitt Romney 24 percent to 20 in a Fox News survey released earlier this week.
The candidate said earlier this week that the ad "did a great job" and represented his grassroots message.
"We have a saying in my campaign let Herman be Herman. This is the attitude that I have when I do debates. This is the attitude I have when I do interviews: Let Herman be Herman. Mark Block is my chief of staff. And we also say, 'Let Mark be Mark,' " Cain said on Fox News. "Mark happens to be a smoker. He knows it's a bad habit, but he smokes. And so we weren't trying to send any subliminal message whatsoever. Many of us found it hilarious, because we know Mark Block."
Block said the ad enforced the idea of Cain as a "different kind of presidential candidate."
Yes, the smoking part of that ad was controversial and I dont in any way condone smoking but the message that Herman Cain is a different kind of presidential candidate is certainly resonating across the country, Block said.
And a good cigarette as soon as I open my eyes. So there!
Controversy is good. It also gets you a lot of free TV time and ink. Good move Mark.
Mark is a big boy he must know the bad things that comes with smoking..so leave him alone..
Don’t look now, but I heard he has over $5 Million *now*!
He doesn’t condone smoking....He doesn’t condone abortion either.
I don't smoke but, to some extent, I like the smell of cigarette smoke. It evokes memory of my childhood when my parents and grandparents would enjoy a smoke along with a cup of coffee to start the day with good cheer.
Kudos to the Cain campaign for this unconventional ad and a strike (Lucky Strike?) at the nanny staters.
This is a sneaky strategy. He should win the smoking and tobacco growing States:
The chart of Top Producing Tobacco States supports this contention. North Carolina has the most tobacco acreage by far and ranks as the 14th highest smoking state. Kentucky, the 2nd largest tobacco producer, ranks 3 in the nation for highest per cent of its population being smokers. Virginia and Connecticut appear to be outliers.
Also check the map at this site - very smart targeting!
The local press actually asked the guy who did Jesse Ventura’s supposedly edgy ads what he thought and he said the ad was stupid and ineffective. HA!
His clients would kill for a $2 million immediate reaction to one of his ads, not to mention all the navel gazing and “subliminal message” analysis going on in the media. While Herman just smiles that knowing smile.
Neither does Cain. So how about you drop the lying smear posts Perrybot?
You may be on to something. Letterman is making fun of that ad in some of his Top 10 lists. That's giving Cain more exposure to the lefties, who may check him out further and decide they like what he has to say.
I’m not a smoker, but the nanny state should leave people alone. Glad to see Cain willing to stand up for liberty over tyranny.
I am a former smoker.
Formerly, completely hooked. For real. Quit, because it bothered me I could not control my smoking. So ... I quit.
Flat out. Several times in fact, before I finally succeeded. Just as with most things worth accomplishing.
I DESPISE smoking Nazis. If you smoke, quit. If you don’t smoke, then shut up, get lost, mind your own da*n business, get out of our faces, and get out of our lives!!
Dumb*ss anti-American liberals.
Your boy Rick condones illegal immigrants.
I’m positive he still does coke. He’s given half a dozen speeches high a kite, including his recent CBC gangsta rant.
I wish he’d go back to weed. At least he’d do less.
I'm disgusted with how America has devolved since the era of my youth (the 40's and early 50's).
Back then homosexuals were widely and rightly characterized as queers. They were considered deviants and sinners. In contrast a good host always had ashtrays and a cigarette lighter on the coffee tables for guests.
Now smokers are considered to be pariahs and sodomites are embraced by many. Thank God for Free Republic and Jim Robinson (pictured below using his alternate identity :)), a bastion of sanity in an upside down world.
How can you say Obama smokes? I have not read about it in my paper.
Never, ever give up.
The ad is a thumb in the eye to the feds and those who would control our every move. I think it was brilliant.
Saying BS, doesn’t make it any less true
How else can you explain his enticements to illegals?
Personally I didn’t much like the ad itself because it didn’t have much content. However if it brings gain to Cain then so be it!
I don't normally watch anything he does but when I do catch something he sure does look wasted..And have you noticed he is letting his hair get gray so as to make him look like he has been hard at work..More than likely he sprays it gray..
Love your tag line;)
Smoking kills my appetite - so does Obama.
Brilliant ad, and I love the way that Cain smiles at the end. VERY well done ad.
You gotta love Cain for being one bold candidate. He is what America needs right now.
It was a brilliant ad. With one stroke, actually, one puff, I suppose, he gets:
1. The favorable attention of every persecuted smoker in the country, including a lot of Dems and Independents,
2. The favorable attention of everyone who’s fed up with politicians who won’t call BS to all the Politically Correct crap we have to put up with today,
and 3) Free distribution of his ad on both liberal and conservative news outlets as they attempt to dissect it.
Herman Cain: Once flavor of the week, now flavor of the month, soon to be flavor of the season...
“... BS to ll the Politically correct crap...”
Several people I know feel the commercial was a way of saying, “I’m not PC. I don’t hide behind a PC veil”. The “left” can only say so much about this ad since Obummer smokes... or use to smoke... or sometimes smokes.. whatever lie they are putting out this week.
Early on Herman Cain said he isn’t politically correct. He doesn’t know how. Herman Cain scares the hell out the establishment, all the while Obama runs to the cloak room to take a drag.
The bill passed Texas legislation by an unvetoable margin. PERIOD!!!!!!
Has Obambi put on any extra weight? No way he has quit smoking. Or at least there’s no way he’s quit for more than 3 hours at a time. lol
What do you have to gain by lying? We have an election to win and if you can't find a legitimate reason to criticize someone, just stop with the lies.
Our enemy is Obama.
Painful though it be to hear...and say, the truth is that there's no such thing as an ex-smoker.
The craving is always lurking out there waiting for the next crisis.
Regardless, until it's made illegal and the government stops milking the industry, the right to smoke hangs with every other right.
It was brilliant on several levels.
Look at all the free buzz it is generating.
And I do! There is much more to Herman Cain (and his enigmatic ad) than the establishment punditry can see. Cain is using their willful blindness to his strategic advantage. His campaign is intriguing, and exciting to watch.
Does that also include porn?
I have a friend who has a very difficult time quitting smoking. I’ve asked her if she quit and she will say, “yes.. for two hours.” (usually by hour 4 she has had at least 1/2 one).
I use to work with a woman who had quit for 38 years. I asked her if she still got an urge to smoke after all that time. Her response? “Every day”. Granted, it may not be the same urge as when she first quit but that was sort of sad to me. 38 years and you still want a cigarette every day?!
That’s the aspect of it that statists on the Left just don’t get. They see an un-hip old smoker. We see a middle finger to nanny-statism.
And no, I don’t smoke, never have. Well, not counting a few cigarettes in middle school trying to look cool. Don’t think I ever bought a pack.