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Romney leads Cain 2-to-1 in electability, says CBS News poll
CBS News ^ | Nov. 11, 2011 | Lucy Madison

Posted on 11/12/2011 9:22:59 AM PST by Innovative

Four out of ten Republicans believe Mitt Romney would be the most likely candidate to beat President Obama in the general election, according to a new CBS News poll.

Cain trailed in the category with just 20 percent...

Electability, however, was not most Republicans' top priority when selecting a candidate: 58 percent said they believe it's more important to have a nominee who agrees with them on the issues than one who can beat Mr. Obama next year. Thirty-nine percent said the opposite.

But the race could still change; seven in 10 Republican primary voters say it is still too early to say for sure which candidate they will support.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


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I happened to think that beating Obama should be a top consideration and no, I don't think that Romney could beat him.

Now that we are running out of "anti-Romney" candidates, could it be time for Sarah Palin to change her mind and run?

She is far more qualified than Cain...

1 posted on 11/12/2011 9:23:02 AM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

Priority ONE - must beat Obama. No matter who or what. Failure is not an option for America.


2 posted on 11/12/2011 9:25:27 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Innovative

SeeeEEE BS


3 posted on 11/12/2011 9:25:45 AM PST by Rodm
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To: Innovative

The liberal media is pushing Romney because they know Obama can beat him.


4 posted on 11/12/2011 9:25:50 AM PST by pallis
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To: Innovative
So those who would take a SeeBS poll think Romney will take it?

Imagine that!

5 posted on 11/12/2011 9:26:20 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Innovative

Ok, perrywinkle, no one agrees with you except your heroes at CBS,


6 posted on 11/12/2011 9:26:24 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: Innovative
Hmm you mean we should dump Cain, who just over came the worse Media smear campaign in US history, for a candidate who polls even worse?

I don't think that would be very wise.

7 posted on 11/12/2011 9:26:32 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Innovative

“Electability” is a made up concept used to promote or destroy candidates.


8 posted on 11/12/2011 9:26:47 AM PST by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Innovative

Who are these republicans who don’t care if the candidate shares their beliefs? /smh

These must be the Romney voters. Beating Obama is more important to them than actually having conservative policies that will save America. When Romney is president and continues all of Obama’s left-wing policies they’ll support him unquestioningly simply because he’s a republican.


9 posted on 11/12/2011 9:28:17 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: Innovative

romney has the best hair according to 69% of Republicans. After the useless electability question, we should ask them what is the chance of a viable 3rd party run if romney is the GOP nominee.


10 posted on 11/12/2011 9:28:32 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: Innovative
um... that is some tricky wording.

Nearly every poll released for the last 6 months has shown that Romney would do best against Obama.

This poll just reflects that people have seen the other polls, and know that (according to the polls) Romney would do best against Obama.

It has no bearing what-so-ever on how they will vote, who they like, who they are likely to vote for, or anything else. It just means they are aware of the polls and what the talking heads say.

11 posted on 11/12/2011 9:28:55 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Cain 2012!)
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To: Innovative

nonsense.

Especially coming from CBS, I don’t believe a word of it.

They are famous for making their polls say what they want them to say and CBS is about as far from an objective source as you can get.


12 posted on 11/12/2011 9:29:33 AM PST by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Innovative

This is the same template used by the MSM for McCain in 2008. Romney will be the Republican darling of the MSM until the nomination, then he’ll be savaged.

With the number of open primaries, I expect plenty of Dems will pull a GOP ballot to vote for Romney. All primaries should be closed.


13 posted on 11/12/2011 9:29:40 AM PST by CASchack
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To: pallis

The liberal media is pushing Romney because they know Obama can beat him.


Screw this poll. I don’t think it’s going to work this time. The people have wised up to the liberal media. I hope.


14 posted on 11/12/2011 9:32:19 AM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: bigdirty

partisans, who only care about who wins, politics is like a sport to them, they only care that “their” teams wins.

And it is partisans who would make Romney a worse president than Obama. Because Romney could propose...ANYTHING and the partisans in the party would vote for it just because he has an R after his name.

That’s why it’s so important to stop Romney because by getting the democrats to support his liberal agenda combined with the partisans within the party we will have a liberal agenda pushed on us that Obama never could have passed.


15 posted on 11/12/2011 9:32:42 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Cain 2012!)
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To: bigdirty; onyx

Romney would NOT beat Obama.

Unfortunately, that way things look now, he is likely to become the Republican nominee and we will end up with Obama for four more long years, at the end of which the US won’t exist as we know it.

I liked Sarah, but then I didn’t think she would have a chance against Obama. However, given the current situation of the Republican candidates, I am starting to think that maybe she would have a better chance than any of those currently running. Elections are very dynamic.


16 posted on 11/12/2011 9:33:23 AM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: Innovative

If Romney wins the primaries contest, BHO will be president again, whether it’s Romney or BHO in the WH.


17 posted on 11/12/2011 9:33:49 AM PST by svcw (God's Grace - thank you!)
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To: EagleUSA

Any of our candidates less Paul, Huntsman could beat Obama!


18 posted on 11/12/2011 9:35:16 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: Innovative
Guess you should of read your poll before posting

. Cain trailed in the category with just 20 percent, followed by Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, each with six percent. Thirteen percent of respondents said they didn't know which candidate was most likely to beat Mr. Obama.

19 posted on 11/12/2011 9:35:21 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Innovative

In this particular prez election, Cain is FAR more electable than Romney. Obama cannot pull the race card with Cain, plus Cain has real principles as opposed to being a windsock like Romney.

But most of all, Romney is a snoozer, even his supporters are not enthusiastic about him, he is boring wonder bread and just as plastic.


20 posted on 11/12/2011 9:36:02 AM PST by HerrBlucher
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To: EagleUSA

You got this one wrong my FRiend. In the GOP primaries, priority one is to defeat all the Liberal Republicans and Socialists including Romney!


21 posted on 11/12/2011 9:38:39 AM PST by o2bfree
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To: tallyhoe

Jon Huntsman would destroy Obama. No way would independents go Obama’s way in that match-up.


22 posted on 11/12/2011 9:39:26 AM PST by Tredegar
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To: Innovative

If See Bee Ess says it, the opposite must be true


23 posted on 11/12/2011 9:39:42 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Innovative

Wasn’t McCain electable? Wasnt that why the Dems nominated Kerry?
Thats a horrible reason to choose a candidate.


24 posted on 11/12/2011 9:39:46 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (He's not perfect; no one is. He's a human running for President not Son of God!)
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To: Innovative

Romney does not have a chance in a debate with Obama. Because it would be a 3-man debate: Barack Obama, New Mitt Romney and Old Mitt Romney. 2 vs. 1. One opponent will hurt him with swing Democrats, the other with the GOP base. Game over. NOMINATE A TRUE CONSERVATIVE and this won’t be a problem! HELLO!


25 posted on 11/12/2011 9:41:15 AM PST by montag813
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To: Innovative

Fake butt. Accurate pole. Sounds like a Bwarney Fwank dweam.


26 posted on 11/12/2011 9:41:31 AM PST by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: Innovative

I loved Palin and wish she had run since I never saw any downside to it.

But there’s nothing to say that if she was in the race, she wouldn’t have been as bad as Perry in the debates.

I have asserted all along that the reason there as about 10 times more debates than usual this year is because they were setting things up to destroy Palin if she ran, but instead the victim ended up being Perry.

All the pieces were in place, they just switched the target.


27 posted on 11/12/2011 9:41:31 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Cain 2012!)
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To: Innovative
We should all do our own assessments. As I see it, here's the ‘math’. No matter who winds up being the Republican candidate, they will wind up with the majority of traditional Republican voters. One big caveat to this would be someone like Romney who will likely turn off a significant number of conservative voters.

What will thus determine whether the Republican will win depends upon 1) their ability to attract independents, 2) their ability to potentially cut into the democrat voting base, 3) their ability to project some sort of charisma that makes people ‘feel good’ about voting for them. There are many, many more factors, but these three are core factors.

Cain will get the core Republican voters. You can pretty much count on that. Cain is new and different, and does have an element of charisma that could be a significant factor. Cain also has the very best chance of peeling away some democrat voters. He will get some black votes. What that percentage will be remains unclear, but if he is the nominee he will most definitely cut into Obama’s black voting block.

The biggest question mark with Cain is independents, and the predictable strategy of the transparently and consistently stupid left has been to try poisoning Cain's appeal to independents and women. We let these morons do this because we aren't attacking them enough. They have way too much time on their hands to hatch their predictable plots because they aren't being made to play defense enough.

We can't let them divide us. Irrespective of whether or not Cain is the nominee, or who it is you want to be the nominee, if you don't believe these allegations to be true (I absolutely don't) then it is our responsibility to defend one of our own against the attempted character assassination by the left. They keep using this tactic because it's worked for them. They won't stop using it until it doesn't work anymore. It's our job to keep it from working.

28 posted on 11/12/2011 9:41:31 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Innovative

So the FEC gave CBS the Romney donor’s names, whereupon CBS poceeded to call two thirds of them! Not exactly a a reliable poll, is it?

The Bimbos lied for money! Go Herman Cain!


29 posted on 11/12/2011 9:41:43 AM PST by Paperdoll (I like Herman Cain)
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To: Innovative
IOW, two out of three anti-American Commie liberal scumbag oxygen thieves on the See BS call list preferred a linguini-spined liberal RINO over someone who appears to have conservative principles.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

30 posted on 11/12/2011 9:41:54 AM PST by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? http://www.bigdawgmusicmafia.com)
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To: Innovative

this just another lame attempt to bolster the leftist mantra
that Romney be must be the pubbies’ nominee for POTUS. as for me, i’m still for cain all the way. i had the same random thought about the cuda. she hasn’t shown any sign that she is reconsidering her decision.


31 posted on 11/12/2011 9:41:54 AM PST by Movemout ( all it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to look away and do nothing)
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To: Tredegar

I prefer Huntsman over Romney.


32 posted on 11/12/2011 9:42:08 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Tredegar

I prefer Huntsman over Romney.


33 posted on 11/12/2011 9:42:13 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: cripplecreek

The same people touting Romney’s “electability” will be nowhere to be found if Romney gets the nomination and the media starts turning against him.


34 posted on 11/12/2011 9:42:57 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (He's not perfect; no one is. He's a human running for President not Son of God!)
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To: Innovative

“it’s more important to have a nominee who agrees with them on the issues than one who can beat Mr. Obama next year”

More on hating Romney more than hating Obama. Be careful what you wish for.


35 posted on 11/12/2011 9:43:14 AM PST by Saundra Duffy ( For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: GlockThe Vote

I’m going Third Party if it’s either one.


36 posted on 11/12/2011 9:43:32 AM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: Innovative

These polls are crap. As for Palin being more qualified that is debatable. She most certainly is qualified but she’s not in the race and if she were we would not even be talking about this. If you believe this poll you believe that Romney would pick up all those Democrats who give him high marks in this poll which is fiction. This is just a way of mindgaming the GOP. Romney also only gets high numbers because of lack of scrutiny and also the endless Romeny is the best echo chamber in the general election that will drastically change.
Gerald Ford was seen as more electable than Ronald Reagan during the primary season leading up to the Reagan Nomination.

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/09/26/the-way-things-were/

So please people if you can’t keep your heads clear shut the damn talking heads off. They don’t have our best interests not the countries in mind. They want us to believe the fiction in these polls where super majorities of people have absolutely no idea who they would ultimately vote for. You might as well consult a fortuneteller than try to draft strategy with polls like these. Not to mention that by weighing everything so heavily on the ‘electability’ issue you are focusing on the wrong thing where what we should be thinking about is the strategy to win because regardless of candidate nominated it won’t be they who alone wins the day it will be our ability to rally $$$ and effort around them.

So let’s stop with this bull what is happening if we fail to support Cain is that we end up with a Gingrich or Romney. Yes that is such a delightful follow on to 2010. Really people come on. Not going with the one candidate who represents with clarity the American Dream is a travesty. It says far more about how we are not ready and we deserve politicians like Obama because we are not worthy of the Founders if we are to go with ‘safe’ soft candidates. This country wasn’t founded on certainty it was founded on faith and ideas made real through blood sweat and tears.

Let’s rise. Let’s rebuke those that have failed us and let’s not let our moral compass be scrambled for the specter of a victory that we in our actions seem to forget the role we play in materializing that victory.


37 posted on 11/12/2011 9:43:36 AM PST by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Innovative

Palin’s decision not to run seems final. With that, Conservatives and the TEA Party will pick the Republican Candidate when they vote, don’t let the elite get the better of you just because they have the media promoting their candidate of choice.

Then everyone pitches in for the WIN, which should be easy as ideas are winning the day, and those ideas are all on the Republican side. Any pessimism will be when Democrats are reminded of their candidates record, and they have no option but to shill a failed record to the American people.


38 posted on 11/12/2011 9:44:16 AM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Innovative
...according to a new CBS News poll.

Gee. I wonder whom CBS would like to see as the republican nominee.

39 posted on 11/12/2011 9:44:54 AM PST by Washi
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To: o2bfree

“..You got this one wrong my FRiend. In the GOP primaries, priority one is to defeat all the Liberal Republicans and Socialists including Romney!..”

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My post did not refer to the primaries — Obama is not running in the Repub primaries. My statement is all about the general election. That should have been obvious. I appreciate your comment, but it does not apply to my post.


40 posted on 11/12/2011 9:46:00 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Tredegar

Huntsman would destroy himself. He reminds me of Michael Dukakis too much I can’t stand him at all!


41 posted on 11/12/2011 9:46:00 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: Innovative

“Romney leads Cain 2-to-1 in electability, says CBS News poll”

...that’s until Romney’s past gets drudged up.


42 posted on 11/12/2011 9:46:00 AM PST by BobL (Send Rove a Message, VOTE CAIN, no matter what)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Every, and I mean Every MSM talking head wants Romney to be the nominee
for the GOP. There is a reason for this and some here cannot see the forest.
43 posted on 11/12/2011 9:46:12 AM PST by MaxMax
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To: pallis
"The liberal media is pushing Romney because they know Obama can beat him.

With Romney, Obamacare becomes a non-issue.

44 posted on 11/12/2011 9:47:38 AM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: pallis
"The liberal media is pushing Romney because they know Obama can beat him."

Bears repeating.

45 posted on 11/12/2011 9:48:23 AM PST by moehoward
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To: dfwgator

I am voting for Paul in the primary and ABO in the general.


46 posted on 11/12/2011 9:50:45 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Innovative

The liberal MSM is well aware that ZERO is vulnerable on Obamacare. Romney is the biological father of Obamacare. Romney is the only republican who can not attack Obamacare with a straight face.


47 posted on 11/12/2011 9:52:37 AM PST by federal__reserve (Dr. Paul Volcker, the best Chairman of federal Reserve in half a century.)
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To: Innovative
MORE from your own story.

But the race could still change; seven in 10 Republican primary voters say it is still too early to say for sure which candidate they will support.

This view appears to have helped Cain, who continues to lead Romney and Newt Gingrich overall -- though his numbers have slipped since sexual misconduct allegations against him surfaced in late October and November. Eighteen percent of respondents said they would support Cain for the GOP presidential nomination, while 15 percent said the same of each Romney and Gingrich

48 posted on 11/12/2011 9:53:52 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: pallis
I disagree.

The liberal media is pushing Romney because win or lose, the marxist agenda advances.

49 posted on 11/12/2011 9:53:59 AM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Innovative

50 posted on 11/12/2011 9:58:15 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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