“Some leading Republicans are trying to entice a more established candidate to jump into the presidential race, a courtship that’s aggravating tensions between tea partyers and the GOP’s traditional business wing, a deep-pocketed source of financial support in the campaign…
“The behind-the-scenes efforts have been taken as a snub by some tea party organizers who favor the anti-establishment messages of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who are in the race or are considering it. New contenders could undermine their chances for donors and for success…
“We’re trying to lead the big money with the small money, and they won’t let it,” said [Connecticut tea party leader Bob] MacGuffie, who helped coordinate confrontational town hall meetings with members of Congress in 2009 about federal health care legislation…
“Joan Fabiano, a tea party leader in the Lansing, Mich., area, weighed in about Bachmann and the other more confrontational candidates. ‘The establishment believes they aren’t controllable. And that’s a big problem with us,’ she said.”
“Tea Party favorite Herman Cain announced his long-shot presidential candidacy to a raucous crowd in Atlanta Saturday, yelling, ‘I’m running for president of the United States and I’m not running for second.’…
“‘Let me tell you some of the reasons why I’m running for president of the United States. We have become a nation of crises,’ he said, citing morals, the economy, entitlement spending, immigration and foreign affairs as among the crises facing the nation.
“‘And we’ve got a deficiency of leadership crisis in the White House,’ he said to roaring cheers.”
“Americans know that ‘solving for x’ simply means using the right formula. What’s that formula, you might ask? Working on the right problems. Asking the right questions. Removing barriers to success. Surrounding yourself with the right people.
“This is my ‘common sense’ approach to real leadership. This approach is coupled with a steadfast belief that politics should never compromise principles. And my principles are rooted in the Constitutional guarantees of limited government and individual freedom.
“I believe in a strong military and clear foreign policy that ensures the safety of our country. I believe in lower taxes, less regulation and private sector job creation that ensures the economic stability of our country. And I believe in the moral foundation upon which this nation was based and continues to make Her strong, independent and free.”
Via the Right Scoop.