Can Perry’s economic plan, due out Tuesday, pull up his numbers?

I said last week that if there had been a straw poll of those attending the Western Republican Leadership Conference at the Venetian that Herman Cain would win it, not due to his less than sterling performance at the debate Tuesday, but due to his crowd-rousing, wise-cracking, ad-libbing speech on Wednesday.

Well, there was one. It was conducted by Citizen Outreach. Of the 552 attendees polled, a plurality picked Cain because of, or in spite of, his 9-9-9 tax plan.

The results, reported at Nevada News & Views, were:

Herman Cain: 30.8%
Mitt Romney: 28.99
Newt Gingrich: 20.29%
Ron Paul: 9.78%
Rick Perry: 3.62%
Undecided: 1.81%
Michele Bachmann: 1.09%
Rick Santorum: 1.09%
Jon Huntsman: .36%
None of the Above: .36%
Gary Johnson: 0

I was a little surprised at how poorly the Texas governor fared. He too spoke on Wednesday, promising to come out in six days with his own tax reform plan.

Rick Perry at WRLC

Perry said his plan would scrap the current 3 million-word tax code and replace it with a flat tax. “I want to make the tax code so simple that even Timothy Geithner can file his taxes on time.”

Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal says Perry will propose an optional flat tax of 20 percent with a $12,500 standard deduction for each person in a household. A tax filer could choose the flat tax or the current code.

Perry’s mean-spirited debate questions leveled at Romney, who won Nevada in 2008, may have pushed his numbers down. Can his simple flat tax compete with Cain’s 9-9-9 and Romney’s gravitas?

5 comments on “Can Perry’s economic plan, due out Tuesday, pull up his numbers?

  1. Pat says:

    The only way Perry’s poll numbers could go up is if he promised a chicken in every pot.

  2. Steve says:

    Naw, I want the pot first!

  3. Steve says:

    Thie kind for boiling water, not what your thinking!

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