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Mister president…

Herman Cain will deliver the Tea Party’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 24.

“Herman Cain has been a steadfast advocate for the values of the Tea Party and the practical solutions needed to solve the problems that face our nation,” Tea Party Express Chief Strategist Sal Russo said in a release Thursday. “Americans want straight talk and honest solutions, and Herman Cain will deliver a pro-growth message strongly and clearly.”

On Thursday, Cain endorsed an “unconventional candidate” for president during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Charleston, S.C. “My unconventional endorsement is the people,” Cain said. “We the people are still in charge of this country, and I am endorsing we the people!”

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We’re havin’ a tea party across this land…

The influential and well-funded Tea Party Express’s strategist Sal Russo says that Gingrich seems to have the most buzz among tea party activists heading into South Carolina’s primary. But he said there still isn’t a tea party consensus candidate.

“We poll continuously to monitor our people, and they have bounced from candidate to candidate as the national polls have shown as well.”

“Each of the major candidates has taken the lead in our poll for a period of time. Right now it is a pretty close race with our people. Gingrich leads, followed by Romney, Paul and Santorum.”

Russo said, “We had thought there would be a developing tea party consensus after our September debate and tour, but obviously that has not happened.”

Also of the Tea Party Express, chairwoman Amy Kremer recently said the organization would endorse ahead of Saturday’s primary, but Russo said Wednesday that “our goal is still to endorse if a consensus begins to develop, but we haven’t seen it… yet.”

Russo said it’s possible they “will just be supportive of all of the candidates and keep our focus on the Senate and House for the time being.”

“The gratifying thing for us is that all of the remaining candidates have appealed to tea party voters and each of them has significant support,” he said. “So I consider it a victory if we have multiple acceptable candidates.”