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Americans Elect Pollster takes to Media and Praises Herman Cain, Violating Neutrality Policy in Bylaws

Americans Elect Pollster and Advisor Douglas Schoen, who speaks often on Americans Elect’s behalf and verifies that he is “working on” Americans Elect:

Herman Cain is the real deal. Whether he gets the nomination or not, Republican voters are enamored with his unique combination of intriguing life story, optimism, new ideas for the future, and boldness that none of the other candidates has shown. As an outsider, Cain has benefited from the electorate’s dissatisfaction first by becoming a protest candidate, and now, in light of The Wall Street Journal poll, a serious presidential candidate.

Poll after poll suggests that Republicans are looking for fresh faces, new ideas, and most of all, optimism about our future. Cain offers all of the above. As an outsider, his strategy of campaigning all over the country but avoiding retail politics is what has appealed to Republican voters in the last several months, as Cain’s popularity has soared. His candidacy offers a down-to-earth authenticity, a sense of positivity and enthusiasm, and a non-politician who gives succinct, direct answers.

The current bylaws adopted by Americans Elect:

Officers shall not communicate or act in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for President or Vice President at any time before the adjournment of the online nominating convention of Americans Elect.

6 thoughts on “Americans Elect Pollster takes to Media and Praises Herman Cain, Violating Neutrality Policy in Bylaws”

  1. Tom says:

    The whole operation is a scam. This is just another piece in the long line of evidence that they’re basically blowing smoke up everyone’s ass to become “legit” and then here comes the corporate agenda that their followers “voted for.”

  2. Rowan says:

    I particularly appreciate the unreflective description of Herman Cain as a “non-politician”. He’s running for President of the United States. That makes him a politician.

  3. Richard Winger says:

    Technically, maybe Schoen isn’t an officer, even though he is listed in the “Leadership” page.

    1. Bill says:

      But, of course, we can’t know for sure because Americans Elect Corporation refuses to spell out a full and complete list of its officers and Board members.

      1. Jim Cook says:

        And in the meantime, given the lack of complete information from Americans Elect, the front-and-center research, leadership, and promotion role played by Douglas Schoen in Americans Elect makes this at the very least a violation of the spirit of the bylaws.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yet another blatant contradiction from the AE people? First these people claim to be seeking a “moderate” who’s “socially liberal” and “economically conservative”. Then Schoen shills for Herman Cain? Cain is just as pro-life, anti-gay, etc., as the rest of the Republicans candidates. On his website, next to other actual policy issues that face politicians, there’s a tab for “Faith and Family”, where it says:

    “to send a message to the rest of the world when Communism was on the rise in the 1950s, Congress added the words “under God” to our pledge of allegiance. They were not just words. It was a collective reaffirmation that we know the ultimate source of our greatness as a nation.”

    Pretty vague, but it’s clear who this is intended to appeal to. This is another Republican, people. For such a high-profile, well-connected elite operation, these AE folks come across as comically incompetent.

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