The Tea Party Patriots held a summit in Phoenix this weekend, planning their strategy for the upcoming 2012 election cycle. Two straw polls were taken, one was won by radio talk-host and entrepreneur Herman Cain, the other was won by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX). In both polls, former governors Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin brought up the rear. The Tea Party Patriots is just one of the many groups spawned during as the movement began in 2009 after the famous rant by CNBC commodities analyst, Rick Santelli, against the Stimulus Bill. About 2,000 people attended the summit this past weekend.
Herman Cain, founder of Godfather Pizza which is headquartered in Georgia, won the ‘live’ straw poll with 22% of the vote. Tim Pawlenty finished second with 16%, Ron Paul got 15%, with Sarah Palin receiving only 10%. Mitt Romney, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mike Huckabee each got 6% or less. During a second online straw poll, the ‘Paul-lites’ showed up in force giving Ron Paul the victory with 49% of all votes cast with Cain coming in second with 12%. Pawlenty and Palin tied for third with 9% each.
Cain, the only actual declared presidential candidate for 2012 so far, along with Paul and Pawlenty were the only speakers who attended the summit that are potential candidates. The Tea Party Patriots functions as a national ‘umbrella’ organization for some 3,000 independent Tea Party groups. Other speakers include the likes of Andrew Breitbart, Dick Morris, John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, and my favorite, Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Center. Co-founder Jenny-Beth Martin kicked off the three-day event said “The mood at this summit shows that Tea Party activists are looking for leaders who share our principles of fiscal responsibility and limited government.”
Herman Cain wins the live straw poll at the Tea Party summit in Phoenix this weekend. He is very popular within the movement, having spoken at other Tea Party events over the past two years. Congressman Ron Paul winning the online straw poll is also no surprise as his supporters are infamous for their activism. During the event, the Tea Party Patriots listened to many speakers and held conferences as they plan their strategy for the upcoming 2012 election cycle.