"Hope and change ain’t working. Hope and change is not a solution. Hope and change is not a job. Hope and change is not a new business. Hope and change is not a vision. We need a new vision in the country and that means we need a new person leading this nation in the White House. It ain’t working..."Through Liberal Eyes - Herman Cain is a conservative's conservative who opposes a long list of issues and rights: Muslim places of worship in our communities; gay rights; abortion except in rare circumstances; immigration reform; health care reform, and too many more to list here.
Cain's best known policy stance is his largely unexplained "9 9 9" federal taxation plan, a scheme that analysts explain will lower taxes for the wealthy and raise taxes on everyone else.
Media-savvy Cain speaks with commanding authority stemming from his experiences as Baptist pastor and TV and talk-radio personality. He also speaks with a dazzlingly confident certitude unseen since... well, Sarah Palin.
The bottom-line: Herman Cain is in near-total agreement with the Tea Party on all issues. Shockingly, Cain was a formidable competitor for the Republican presidential nomination until the media uncovered allegations of sexual harassment by Cain of at least four women. Two received financial settlements for their claims.
Competitors - Per polling, Herman Cain is running third for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, behind top competitors Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, House of Representatives members Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
The victor will run against President Barack Obama on November 6, 2012.
Herman Cain on the Issues
- Muslims - Herman Cain told an interviewer in 2011 that, if elected, he would not have Muslims in his administration because "There's this creeping attempt... to gradually ease Shariah Law, and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government"
Per Wikipedia, "Cain opposed the building of an Islamic Center for a Muslim community at a site in Tennessee, claiming that it was 'an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion' and 'just another way to try to gradually sneak Shariah law into our laws'."
- Abortion - Cain has called for defunding Planned Parenthood. During his unsuccessful 2004 Senate race, Cain stated that abortion should only be permitted in cases of incest and rape.
- Gay Rights - Cain supports neither gay marriage nor civil unions for same-gender couples, and believes that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" should be reinstated for the military.
- Health Care Reform - Cain made his political debut as a very effective and outspoken opponent of the Clinton administration's health care plan bill. He publicly decried the cost of health care reform to small businesses.
At a 2011 Republican debate, cancer-survivor Herman Cain claimed that he "would be dead" if "we had been on Obamacare." PolitiFact rated his statement FALSE, based on his arguments supporting this statement.
In 2011, Cain orated, "... the term 'comprehensive immigration reform' tossed around by liberals is simply code for 'do nothing' which becomes amnesty. There are 3 steps to solving our illegal immigration problem: securing the border; enforce the laws; promote the existing path to citizenship."
Cain has stated he cannot support Rick Perry for president because Perry supports giving in-state tuition breaks to children of illegal immigrants.
Herman Cain in Elected Office
Herman Cain has never held elected office, although he has run in several races. Most notably, Cain entered Georgia's 2004 U.S. senatorial race, but finished second in the Republican primary election. Cain also pursued the 2000 Republican presidential nomination.
Mr. Cain served in public, appointed office from 1992 to 1996 on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, including as Chairman from 1995 to 1996.
Herman Cain, Media Personality
Since the mid-1990s, when Herman Cain left corporate leadership, he has crafted a large media presence and following, including:
- Fox Business commentator, to the present
- A talk-radio show in the Atlanta market, The Herman Cain Show, until Feburary 2011
- A syndicated newspaper column
- Authored four books on leadership, from 1997 to 2005
While a graduate student, Mr. Cain in a civilian position for the U.S. Navy.
"After completing his master's degree from Purdue, Cain left the Department of the Navy and began working for The Coca-Cola Company as a business analyst. In 1977, he joined Pillsbury, where he rose to the position of Vice President by the early 1980s. He left his executive post to work for Burger King, which at the time was a Pillsbury subsidiary, where he managed 400 stores in the Philadelphia area.
"Under Cain's leadership, his region went in three years from the least profitable for Burger King to the most profitable. This prompted Pillsbury to appoint him President and CEO of another subsidiary, Godfather's Pizza... As a result of his efforts, Godfather's Pizza finally became profitable. In a leveraged buyout in 1988, Cain... and a group of investors bought Godfather's from Pillsbury. Cain continued as CEO until 1996, when he was asked to resign by the board," per Wikipedia.
Herman Cain's Background
- Birth - December 13, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee to Luther and Lenora Cain. Luther worked as a janitor and chauffeur, and Lenora worked cleaning homes.
- Education - B.S. in mathematics, 1967, Morehouse College. M.S. in computer science, 1971, Purdue University.
- Family - Married to Gloria Cain, a teacher and librarian, since 1968. Two adult children, Melanie (1972) and Vincent (1978). Son Vincent Cain, also a Morehouse College graduate, is a financial manager at Fidelity National Bank in Atlanta.
- Health - Herman Cain is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed in 2006 with colon and liver cancer. After surgery and chemotherapy, Mr. Cain was declared cancer-free.
- Faith - Christian, National Baptist Convention denomination. Mr. Cain is associate pastor at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta.