published Monday, October 17th, 2011

6 Things You Didn't Know about Herman Cain

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Who would be the best GOP candidate to run against President Obama?

The race for the Republican Presidential nomination is far from over. Businessman Herman Cain, who was once considered a long shot, now finds himself leading in the polls -- including a new Rasmussen Report showing him beating President Barack Obama 43% to 41%.

Here are six things you may not know about the new frontrunner.

1. He grew up poor in Georgia

Herman and his brother, Thurman, were the only children of Luther and Lenora Cain. The family lived in Atlanta for most of Cain’s life, where Luther worked as a chauffeur for Coca-Cola. The family could not afford the 25-cent school lunches, so Lenora frequently packed biscuits filled with leftover meat or fat. Cain eventually finished second in his class in high school and received a bachelor’s degree in science from Morehouse College and a Master’s degree from Purdue University.

2. He and his wife were college sweethearts

Cain was introduced to Gloria Etchison through a mutual friend, and the two married shortly after she graduated from college. They have two children and three grandchildren together. But don’t expect to see Gloria Cain around the campaign trail too much. “My wife is one of the most unassuming, not-looking-for-the-limelight-people you’ve ever met,” he told the Daily Caller in May. “And I’m going to keep it that way. I’m not going to push her out there to try to do things she doesn’t want to do. That’s not her personality.”

3. He has a long resume

Cain has never held elected office, but he certainly has held many other positions in his life. He is the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and a former deputy chairman (1992–94) and chairman (1995–96) of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He was also a senior economic advisor to the Dole/Kemp campaign in 1996.

4. This isn’t his first time running

Cain briefly ran for President in 2000, but pulled out of the race. "George W. Bush was the chosen one," Cain told Politics Daily. "He had the campaign DNA that followers look for…I believe that I had a better message and I believe that I was the better messenger." He then ran against Sen. Isakson in the Georgia Senate race in 2004, but only received 26% of the vote.

5. He was an early viral video star

Cain rose to national prominence when, during a televised video chat, he challenged President Bill Clinton on his health care plan. As president-elect of the National Restaurant Association, Cain pressed Clinton on the details of the ultimately doomed 1994 health care plan. Ironically, one of the men praising Cain for his stance was one of his current rivals, Mitt Romney.

6. He’s a John Lennon fan

Or maybe a karaoke fan? In 1992, Cain, then the head of Godfather’s Pizza, offered his twist on a Lennon classic, singing “Imagine There’s No Pizza.” Sample lyrics: “Imagine there's no pizza / I couldn't if I tried / Eating only tacos / Or Kentucky Fried.”

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acerigger said...

Given Cain's clear and strong connection to the billionaire newsmaker David Koch, you'd think that Cain's longstanding ties to the Americans For Prosperity Foundation, which is chaired by Koch, and its sibling organization, simply known as Americans For Prosperity, would be a meaty topic for enterprising reporters. Apparently not

Mainstream media outlets have also ignored the checkered past of Cain's campaign manager, Mark Block, who was banned from participation in Wisconsin politics for three years, 2002-2005, because of campaign law violations.( involved in a voter-suppression scheme in Milwaukee, during his tenure as Americans For Prosperity's Wisconsin director)

Significant players on Cain's campaign staff are draw from the ranks of Americans for Prosperity or related organizations, beginning with campaign manager Mark Block, who served for six years as director of AFP's Wisconsin chapter. And Cain himself, before launching his presidential campaign, was a frequently featured speaker at events hosted by the Americans For Prosperity Foundation. (

October 17, 2011 at 9:06 p.m.
7Seventeen said...

Herman Cain wants to raise middle class taxes and cut taxes for millionaires to nothing. Why do people give him and his hair-brained plans any attention?

October 17, 2011 at 9:26 p.m.
onetinsoldier said...

"Why do people give him and his hair-brained plans any attention?"

Because it makes repugnants think they are being inclusive.

October 17, 2011 at 11:33 p.m.

What this puff piece fails to mention is that Mr. Cain served as director for a company that pulled an Enron on its employees. The company is Aquila, an energy corporation that began dabbling in high-risk energy trading in 1999. Aquila executives aggressively encouraged their employees to invest their retirement savings in Aquila by creating incentives and engaging in dishonest practices that gave the company artificially positive growth trends. Aquila's stock took a massive nosedive and lost %94 of its value between 1999-2004, which decimated the millions of dollars that employees had invested. You can read about it all here:

As an aside, it astounds me that his service as director at a Federal Reserve branch is considered an asset. The Fed is arguably the single most responsible entity for the mess our country is in. The Fed can print money whenever they want for any reason that seems worthy, and much of it is done under the shroud of secrecy. A partial audit on the Fed was conducted and we learned that in 2009, they loaned 15 trillion dollars, 1/3 of that went to foreign entities. We have no idea what business the Fed has conducted in 2010 or this year. Considering we are $16 trillion in debt, the Fed is only exacerbating the problem. And contrary to the response he gave to Ron Paul during the last debate, Mr. Cain did explicitly state in 12/2010 that he did not see the need for a Federal Reserve audit. Listen to the audio here:

This isn't the kind of man I want to see in the White House. Just seems like more of the same.

October 18, 2011 at 12:31 a.m.
rolando said...

What, a TFP article favorable to a black Republican? The millenium is here, indeed. Perhaps our newspaper is growing up?

But good thing all those racists posting above put Cain in his proper place -- down in the slave quarters. They restore my "faith" in the yellow-dog Democrat race-baiters.

Yeah, right.

They simply cannot abide a fully competent and successful black businessman -- who isn't a mulatto -- actually having the "uppityness" to run for president! Can you imagine that?

Yeah, right.

According to Rasmussen, he is favored above both Romney and Obama. The democrats better cross-vote in the primaries -- as they did in 2008 -- to ensure "the white-bread RINO" is nominated.

At least Cain is a true conservative who knows how to run both a business and a governmental organization.

Check out HR 4646 at

October 18, 2011 at 6:49 a.m.
rolando said...

Now how about some coverage for Ron Paul, TFP?

Not my particular favorite, but he is popular within the blogosphere, draws consistent straw poll percentages, and is another candidate without decent coverage.

October 18, 2011 at 7:27 a.m.
acerigger said...

rolando said... "put Cain in his proper place -- down in the slave quarters.","who isn't a mulatto ","uppityness" .

You sling these terms around and then call someone else a "race-baiter"? Unbelievable!(Well,maybe not,since you're a Republican)

Race is not mentioned in previous posts.just that Cain is mostly a high-dollar scam artist,being promoted by other high-dollar scammers.

October 18, 2011 at 8:34 a.m.
Shock said...

Rolando - do you read the TFP? They publish multiple columns each and every week written by Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams (if you're not familiar with them, they are conservative African Americans). There are two editorial pages featuring a liberal and conservative viewpoint. For every Clay Bennett cartoon, there's a conservative editorial cartoon on the facing page. Hate Doonsbury? The TFP gives you Mallard Fillmore to read. "Perhaps our newspaper is growing up?" That doesn't even make sense.

October 18, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

And now it has been learned that he spent $100,000 of campaign money on his business. He is now history. Looks like we are down to Ron Paul or Obama, because the Republican circus is just made up of clowns.

October 18, 2011 at 10:21 a.m.
noapathy said...

Amen to needing more coverage on Ron Paul!!! Another important fact on Cain is his ties with the Federal Reserve (more corrupt bankers spending our money without needing permission). We need to abolish the FED! This article just goes show how far going to church, being married and what choice of music you like will get you. It doesn't matter at all but some people just want a smiling face and deperately need silly little facts like this article talks about to make their mind up. Wake up and do your own research besides how poor he grew up! None of these facts have any bearing on what kind of job he will do...he's a puppet or he wouldn't take up for the Federal Reserve or spent so many years doing their dirty work in Atlanta.

October 18, 2011 at 11:50 a.m.

Lots of scared Hope and Changers out there.

Cain is the real thing when it comes to American success stories. And you can easily find his birth certificate, his college grades, and his grad school papers and thesis. You'll find his professional career is remarkable and that he has a home and a family and is proud of his church and his pastor.

October 18, 2011 at 12:23 p.m.
holdout said...

Millionaires would pay more not less which is exactly why he will never be elected. And dupes like 7S will help them keep him out of office.

October 18, 2011 at 1:08 p.m.
DarkSky said...

I agree with acerigger about rolando.

No one has said anything about race until rolando starting throwing out his lies. What's amusing to me is that rolando didn't even wait to misconstrue what someone else posted. Justed started in with the outright falsehoods.

BTW rolando, I went to the link you posted and want to know what that has to do with Cain?

October 18, 2011 at 1:11 p.m.
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