Herman Cain to be at TeaCon in Schaumburg this weekend

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Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain gestures during a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Surging Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will join Congressman Joe Walsh at TeaCon, the Midwest Tea Party convention in Schaumburg Saturday.

Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, decisively won Florida’s presidential straw poll last weekend with 37 percent of the vote, 22 percentage points ahead of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and 23 points in front of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

A few days later Cain scored 17 percent in a Fox News national poll of likely Republican voters, not far behind Romney, who scored 23 percent and Perry, who scored 19 percent.

“A strong performance at the Fox News debate, a big win at the Florida straw poll, and now this new Zogby poll show that Herman Cain’s message is clearly resonating,” Chicago Tea Party Director Steve Stevlic said. “People are taking notice of Herman Cain.”

Many of Cain’s issue positions resonate with Tea Party voters. His “9-9-9” Tax plan would reduce the income tax to 9 percent. Government should take a smaller share of a worker’s earnings than the 10 percent Christians believe they should give to their church, Cain says.

The convention at the Renaissance Schaumburg will feature a lunchtime address by Rep. Joe Walsh, R-McHenry, still a Tea Party favorite despite an ongoing court case with his ex-wife, who claimed he owed more than $100,000 in back child support.

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