FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
"Black walnut isn't a flavor of the week." So says Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. The businessman and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is talking about his own surge in the polls.
As Cain sees it, he just might be the second black president of the United States.
Several new national polls show Cain closing the gap with front-runner Mitt Romney - as Texas Gov. Rick Perry falls off a cliff.
In one poll, Cain is even tied for first place with Romney.
Just this hour, CNN is out with our first poll of polls on the 2012 Republican horse race.
It shows Romney at the top of the pack with 20%. He's followed closely by Cain at 17%. Rick Perry, who was briefly the GOP front-runner, is now at 15%.
The rest of the candidates are all in single digits.
Cain, who's picked up steam since his surprise victory in the Florida straw poll, is laying out his path to victory.
He tells ABC News that his goal is to finish in the top three in Iowa and New Hampshire, and then win in South Carolina and Florida. Might happen.
Meanwhile, as Cain gets stronger, President Obama is getting weaker.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that four in 10 Americans "strongly" disapprove of how Obama is handling his job. That's a record high.
The poll also shows that 43% of independents and 47% of seniors strongly disapprove. You can't win re-election with numbers like that.
Even many Democrats aren't supporting this president. Just look at Congress: Harry Reid blocked a vote on the president's job bill in the Senate, because Democrats don't have the votes to pass it.
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Ted in Hershey, Pennsylvania:
Not probable, but about 30%. He might make a good vice president though. Cain has some pretty good ideas and has management experience!
Ken in Connecticut:
I would love to see Herman Cain get elected. He has by far the most impressive resume of the Republican candidates and I like his 9-9-9 plan for re-writing the tax code. He also has the will to get things done in Washington. I hope people listen to what he is saying!
When hell freezes over. I am black and the country has lost its mind. The Republicans are pretending that it isn't racism. PLEASE!
Jon in North Carolina:
Not very likely because liberals are threatened by female or minority conservatives and will do everything possible to destroy them. Think Sarah Palin or Clarence Thomas.
Floyd in Georgia:
Very easy. Obama and Obama.
Larry in Ohio:
Jack, It really is too bad that we even have to ask this question. It is not likely. And that is too bad. Herman Cain would be such a great improvement over the present occupant of the White House!
Darell in Arkansas writes on Facebook:
I don't know but I would giggle my self silly watching Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi go to the polls with two black men on the ballot.
Rene in Mableton, Georgia:
Hi Jack. About as likely as President Obama's job's bill is to pass the House!
Tom in Forest Hills, Pennsylvania:
Jack, It’s about as likely as me hitting the lottery. But if I hit, I’ll cut you in.