Herman Cain pushed back on criticisms today that his campaign lacks the organization to be competitive in the Iowa caucuses.
“They are dead wrong,” Cain said of people who questioned his campaign’s ability to compete on Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends. “We have dramatically increased our staff in Iowa. We are covering the state, not only with paid people for the various congressional districts but also the number of volunteers. We are well organized in Iowa. And for the people who say that we are not organized in Iowa or we don’t have the infrastructure ask them to take a look at the last Des Moines Register poll. I think we would have to have more than one or two people on the ground in order to be able to do that.”
The last Des Moines Register poll was conducted in June, and showed Cain at 10 percent. However, more recent Iowa polls have shown better results for Cain: he leads in the state with about 30.3 percent support, according to the RealClearPolitics average.
Cain also argued that, contra the critics, he is not too gaffe-prone.
“Find a perfect candidate or a perfect person who will not at points in time in a presidential campaign not make a misstatement and I will show you somebody that was hung on the cross 2,000 years ago,” he said.
“You are going to have those moments because of the pace of the campaign, because of how quickly some of the questions come,” he added. “But here’s what they need to know about Herman Cain, if I make a misstatement I am going to say that I made a misstatement, if something is taken out of context I would be happy to explain the context in which it was taken out of and also explain what I meant.”