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Herman Cain (file) and Karl Rove (file)
Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain today accused former Bush adviser Karl Rove of a "deliberate attempt to damage" his campaign. The former Godfather’s pizza CEO told the Washington Examiner Rove's trying to sabotage him in the press "so that the candidate he wants rises to the top" — the "establishment choice" of Willard M. Romney.
And it sure looks that way. It all started when Rove voiced concerns about Cain "not being up to the task" in an interview with Fox News (whiteboard prop included), citing Cain's knack for misstatements, lack of understanding of neo-conservative foreign policy, and worrisome attitude of "I'll figure it out once I get into office." Rove warned, "It has created an image of him as not being up to this task. That's really deadly."
The verbal tiff appears to be indicative of a larger struggle within the Republican race for the presidency, one which will determine whether the Republican electorate is ready to present the feisty, at times, unpolished newbie that is Herman Cain or settle for a more familiar candidate to go up against President Obama in 2012.
— By Skivjana Neza