Real easy for me: Ron Paul, followed by Gary Johnson and then Herman Cain. Santorum and Pawlenty battled it out for dead last by a wide margin, and I really don’t know which of the two I dislike most.
Herman Cain has some issues. He’s not just a businessman, he was the chairman of a Federal Reserve bank, and I don’t trust anyone associated with the Fed. Secondly, he supported Mitt Romney last time, and any conservative worth their salt should have been able to see that Romney is a liberal. That he thought Romney would be able to create jobs, after earlier admitting the correct notion that government can’t create jobs, was also telling.
Granted my mind was made up long before the debate; I’ve been a Paul supporter since May 2007 with his first debate back then, so it isn’t like someone else was going to win me over. I don’t dislike Cain, and he did have some good answers. But right now, he’s third with me with a favorable opinion. Gary Johnson did quite well for himself, and it’s nice to have someone else up there talking similar to Paul not just on economics, but on social and foreign issues as well.
On a closing note, Dr. Paul is up to $904,322 for his money bomb today. That’s very impressive at such an early stage.