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Grover Norquist: America’s Most Powerful Man?

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After multiple sexual harassment allegations and now the revelation of a 13-year affair with a Georgia business woman, Herman Cain is "reassessing" his campaign. But this reexamination has nothing to do with his alleged indiscretions and all to do with the strategy for his election bid, so says his campaign.

Regardless of these claims, Republican Kingmaker Grover Norquist does not believe Cain ever had a chance at the presidency.

"He had never been a governor or congressman or senator and you don't move from a private sector entrepreneur…into a public official position like the president," says Norquist, pointing to the fact that very different skill sets are needed to work in the public sector. "It was fun for a while, but is not fun anymore and I believe [Cain] will quit."

Once the former GOP frontrunner, Cain is now trailing both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney in the polls. Gingrich is the favorite amongst Republican voters with 24% of the vote with Romney in second place with 20%, according the latest CNN/ORC International Poll. Cain's popularity slipped 8% this month to just 17%.

Norquist, also the President for Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), considers Gingrich and Romney formidable nominees for the Republican ticket. Both have signed Norquist's Tax Payer Protection pledge to oppose any new tax hikes and they have proposed reducing and eliminating a number of taxes already on the books. To date, Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China, is the only GOP Presidential candidate not to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. President Barack Obama has not signed it either, and likely will not.

Grover Norquist: America's Most Powerful Man?

In a recent 60 Minutes interview, former Senator Alan Simpson's called Norquist the most powerful man in America because of the influence he commands over GOP lawmakers on the issue of no new taxes. It's for this reason Simpson also says Norquist should run for commander in chief.

Norquist calls Simpson and his claim outright "silly."

"I don't wield power, the tax issue wields power through the votes of the American people," he says. But as The Daily Ticker's Aaron Task points out in the accompanying interview, the majority of Americans are open to some taxes hikes, especially on the wealthy.

As for running for the high office, not only will Norquist not be running for president, he won't endorse any one candidate for the 2012 election. However, he does believe the GOP nomination will go either to Gingrich, Romney or even Texas Governor Rick Perry.

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