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I don't see how any of these guys measure up to Cain in the 10 minutes allotted for each speaker to make his impression.Big Night in Iowa for Five Presidential Hopefuls
As the 2012 presidential campaign begins to heat up after a sluggish winter, the stakes are high for the five prospective Republican candidates who will address a large crowd of GOP activists at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition forum on Monday night.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer will have just 10 minutes each to make an impression on the crowd of several hundred expected to gather for the event in Waukee, just west of Des Moines.
The forum will mark the first time that multiple prospective 2012 contenders will share a stage in the nation's first voting state, and former Iowa Republican Party executive director Chuck Laudner said that the risks and incentives for each of them would be significant.
"If you stumble, it could very well be the end. It's that big," Laudner said. "When they're standing on the same stage and one of them doesn't measure up, they're probably not going to rebound to win support later on. So the one that wins the day takes a huge step forward. If there's 500 people in the room, and 250 say, ‘Yeah, I can support that guy,' you're one step forward to winning the Iowa caucuses."
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