A Wild Week For Republicans


POSTED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 6:27pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 5:42pm

UPPER VALLEY - It's been a wild week for republican presidential candidates. From Rick Perry's speech in new hampshire to allegations against Herman Cain.

"I'm here with these doctors and that's what i'm going to talk about, so don't even bother asking me all of these other questions that y'all are curious about. Don't even bother," said Cain when asked about the sexual allegations.

Tony Knopp, Professor Emeritus of History says he doens't feel Perry was out of line, because it was a campaign rally and not a formal setting.

"In some ways it's refreshing to have seen him that way. He seemed more lively and perhaps more human in some ways than politicians normally do when they're giving speeches."

The two incidents could cause a lot of shake up in upcoming polls and Knopp says this could hurt Cain and he could have handled the sexual accusations differently.

"I don't know that the allegations hurt so much as kind of inept handling of it initially. It's like they didn't know how to cope with it, or at least Herman Cain didn't know how to respond effectively in the beginning."

Knopp says this is all a part of the presidential campaign.

"When you have a number of contenders and you have a number of debates, there are going to be people who make missteps and make some mistakes this is part of the shaking out process of determining a nominee."

Soon to be released polling data will refelct any changes in voter opinion caused by Perry's and Cain's predicaments.

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