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Nov 30, 2011 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Caucus:

1:40 p.m. | Updated DAYTON, Ohio — A buoyant and defiant Herman Cain took the stage in a hotel ballroom on Wednesday morning to reassure a group of several hundred supporters that he would not be getting out of the race for the Republican nomination, saying, “The American people are going to raise some Cain in 2012!”

Over a roar of approval from the crowd, he added: “They want you to believe that we can’t do this. They want you to believe that with enough character assassination on me, I will drop out!”

At this point, there were loud shouts of “No!” from the audience.

Mr. Cain seemed emboldened. “Well, the American people have a different idea.”

After a more subdued performance and reception by an audience in southern Michigan last night, Mr. Cain seemed to have regained his footing in Ohio, campaigning as more of his usual playful and sarcastic self.

The audience ate it up. “Look, a lot of people in office haven’t had the most squeaky clean morals — not that I’m saying there’s any truth to what’s been out there,” said Steve Fields, 48. “We’re looking for someone different to lead this country, and I think he’s the one to do it. I like his overall vision and especially the 9-9-9 tax plan.”

Mr. Cain used lines from his standard stump speech, including one zinger that always gets laughs and approving applause from crowds: “Stupid people are ruining America!”

Loud cheering. “Yeah!” the crowd responded.

Mr. Cain said, “We just have to outvote them.”

His remarks came a day after he told supporters he was reassessing whether to continue with his candidacy after an Atlanta woman, Ginger White, said she had had a 13-year affair with him.