Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain insisted Monday that he’s staying in the race for the White House, despite his fifth-place finish in this weekend’s Iowa straw poll.
“This campaign is not about to implode, explode or crash,” Cain, the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, told reporters before greeting a few hundred Hoosiers at a Columbia Club reception.
In fact, he said during a campaign stop in Indianapolis, he expects the GOP nomination for the presidency won’t be settled until sometime after Hoosier voters cast their ballots on May 1 — and he’s in it for the long haul.
That straw poll — a political carnival that is more a fundraising event for the Iowa Republican Party than a reliable predictor of a politician’s chances of winning the nomination — is best known for weeding out candidates. It did so this weekend, when the man who came in third, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, dropped out.
“Cain supporters do not defect, and they don’t give up,” he said before the reception. “Because they know Herman Cain is not going to give up.”