Cain clarifies reassessment

Since announcing Saturday that he would bow out as a candidate but still remain active in the Republican primary race for president, there has been much speculation about who Herman Cain will endorse among his former rivals. POLITICO reports Sunday that a top adviser has said that his boss plans to endorse surging Newt Gingrich:

“’He wants to play ‘who to endorse’ for a while,’ said the adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to speak bluntly. ‘Then he’ll probably be endorsing somebody in a couple weeks — before the caucuses…. I’d say he’s going to endorse Newt Gingrich,’ the adviser said.”

The latest Des Moines Register Iowa poll released Saturday showed Gingrich in the lead, claiming 25 percent of likely GOP caucusgoers for the key January 3 Hawkeye state caucus. The same poll conducted one month ago had Cain at 23 percent support and Gingrich at only 7.

As Speaker of the House in 1996, Gingrich appointed Cain to the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform Commission. The Cain aide told POLITICO that the Georgia businessman would like to play a role in the campaign and in a Republican Administration if the party defeats Barack Obama in 2012.