Greenville, S.C. - In the hours before the first Republican debate Thursday night, a number of established pols here in Greenville saw it as a showdown between former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and a bunch of other guys. "It's Pawlenty," said one veteran of state politics. "He's got a chance to move up into the first tier or stay in the second tier." The debate's other participants -- Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Gary Johnson -- weren't going to be much more than a supporting cast.
That's what the pols thought. Among the non-pols, also known as the people, there was intense interest in Cain. The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and radio host has become a Tea Party favorite, with strongly-held opinions on issues he knows by heart from his business career, like job creation and economic growth. The debate, according to his fans, would be the perfect format for him to make a great first impression on the national stage.
Nothing worked out exactly as planned.
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Susan Ferrechio - GOP: Medicare reform unlikely this year
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Hayley Peterson - White House story of bin Laden's death keeps changing
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Conn Carroll - Obama’s Osama bounce is small, limited, and likely temporary
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Mark Tapscott - Here's the story liberal mainstream media won't report on Obama's permitorium
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