"Face the Nation" transcript: October 30, 2011

10/30/11--Washington, DC--Republican frontrunner Herman Cain on "Face the Nation" October 30, 2011. CBS News Photo by Chris Usher

Below is a rush transcript of "Face the Nation" on October 30, 2011, hosted by CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer. The guests are Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and CBS News political analyst John Dickerson.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Today on FACE THE NATION, Republican front-runner Herman Cain. Is he for real?

HERMAN CAIN (Republican Presidential Candidate): 9-9-9.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Few would have thought it.

HERMAN CAIN: I'm in to win it, folks.

BOB SCHIEFFER: And some Republicans and a few comics still don't believe it.

MAN: And the number one sign Herman Cain's campaign is in trouble. There's a 0-0-0 chance he'll be President.

BOB SCHIEFFER: The idea that he's leading most of the polls does take a little getting used to.

HERMAN CAIN: And they asked me who is the President of Uzbeki-- beki-- Uzbekistan, I'm going to say, you know, I don't know. Do you know?

BOB SCHIEFFER: But he's turning conventional wisdom on its head with his unconventional campaign.

HERMAN CAIN: Romney, Perry, Perry, Romney, Romney, Perry, Perry, Romney, I thought it was a new song or something.

BOB SCHIEFFER: His campaign manager tried to explain it in a video that is, well, downright bizarre.

MARK BLOCK (Campaign Web Ad): We've run a campaign like nobody has ever seen. But then America has never seen a candidate like Herman Cain.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Whatever is causing it, Herman Cain is the hottest thing in Republican politics. And he's in the studio with us straight ahead on FACE THE NATION.

ANNOUNCER: From CBS News in Washington, FACE THE NATION with Bob Schieffer.

BOB SCHIEFFER: And good morning again. Herman Cain is in the studio with us this morning with a big smile on his face. And no wonder, you are now leading, Mister Cain, in two national polls this week including the CBS News/New York Times poll. And here is the new Des Moines Register poll just out this morning for Iowa where the first contest takes place in January. Lo and behold, you are basically in a statistical tie with Mitt Romney. You've got twenty-three percent. He's one point behind. The only other candidate in double digits is Ron Paul with twelve percent. I guess the first question I have to ask you is why do you believe you're doing so well?

HERMAN CAIN (Republican Presidential Candidate): I believe that I'm doing so well because I'm connecting with the people. One of the other misperceptions about my campaign is that we just started a few months ago, right after I announced in May. I've actually been connecting with people in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida for over a year even before I made the decision to run. And so my message is connecting. And people are connecting with me. And the specific solutions I'm putting on the table.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you think it has anything to do with maybe Republicans just don't like Mitt Romney? That maybe they-- they-- they think he has a good record but that he just doesn't excite them. Do you think that has anything to do with it?