Debate Crowd Boos Cain Question

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Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain speaks during a Republican Presidential Debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.

Herman Cain didn’t even need Rick Perry’s gaffe to take attention off him: the crowd at Wednesday’s GOP debate in Michigan was firmly in his corner, booing when the moderator asked him if, in the wake of sexual-harassment allegations, he had the character to be president. Cain then attacked the “unfounded accusations” and “character assassination.” The crowd booed again when the moderators asked Mitt Romney if, as a former CEO, he’d have fired Herman Cain over the charges. Republican voters apparently agree with the debate crowd: another Rasmussen poll of Florida shows Cain leading Romney, 30 to 24.