Herman Cain

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Herman Cain

Herman Cain (December 13, 1945 - July 30, 2020) was an American journalist, businessman, politician, Tea Party activist, and broadcaster. He was a prominent African American conservative. He ran for the Republican Party's nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 Presidential election, but suspended his campaign after several women made allegations that he had inappropriate relations with them including one allegation of an affiar.

Cain was born in Georgia and grew up there. He earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics at Morehouse College in 1967, and a master's degree in computer science from Purdue University. He married his wife, Gloria, in 1968. They had two children.

Cain worked for the United States Navy as a civilian ballistics analyst, then as a business analyst for the Coca-Cola Company and Pillsbury Company in 1977. While there, Cain moved to Pillsbury's Burger King division, eventually overseeing 400 Philadelphia franchises. He then moved to their Godfather's Pizza chain in 1986 and returned it to profitability. He then served on the National Restaurant Association board, becoming President and CEO in 1996.

Cain was a senior advisor to the 1996 Dole/Kemp campaign for the Presidency. In 2004, he ran for the United States Senate in Georgia as a Republican, facing Congressmen Johnny Isakson and Mac Collins for the seat formerly held by Zell Miller. Collins got 20% of the vote, Cain got 26%, and Isakson avoided a runoff by getting 53%.[1]

The Herman Cain Show radio program was based in Atlanta. Cain founded the leadership consulting company T*H*E New Voice, Inc. He authored four books on leadership and self-empowerment, including Leadership is Common Sense and CEO of Self.

Political Positions

Cain was against same-sex "marriage" and was pro-life.[2] He was opposed to political Islam.[3] During the Libyan War he was opposed to Obama's intervention and said that al-Qaeda would rule the country.

2012 Presidential Run

Herman Cain officially announced his decision to enter the presidential race of 2012. He had a decent following courtesy of the Tea Party movement, Op-Ed articles and a radio program through Conservative media outlets. If declared the winner, many people would have considered Cain to be this nation's first African-American president. Cain prefers the term "black American" to "African-American", stating, "My roots go back through slavery in this country. Yes, they came from Africa. But the roots of my heritage are in the United States of America. So I consider myself a black American."[4]

Cain was widely believed to have won the South Carolina debates, though the potential field of candidates was limited.[5]

On December 3 Cain announced, that his campaign was "suspended". This was the result of a relentless campaign of smear tactics and outright fabrications created and amplified by the media in order to keep black voters, who are overwhelmingly God-fearing Christians opposed to sexual deviance, voting for the Democratic party, despite the growing realization among blacks that they have more in common with the GOP and its message of self-success than with the "gravy-train politics" of the outdated Democrats. It is interesting that media coverage of Bill Clinton's numerous instances of sexual harassment and adultery were reported in a much more favorable light than Cain's few minor indiscretions, which were vague accusations of "inappropriate conduct" from women who were fired from the NRA and chose to remain anonymous to avoid being questioned over their alleged experiences. It should be noted that commenting on the height of one of his coworkers is apparently the worst instance of sexual harassment that the media could dig up; he used his hand to compare the height of a female subordinate to his wife of similar height. It is also interesting that one of the more offensive nicknames that Bill Clinton has accepted from his "not-racist-at-all" liberal worshipers is "The First Black President," apparently because all black people play the saxophone and cheat on their wives. Cain would remain an important voice of conservatism and endorsed Newt Gingrich.

Controversial campaign ad

In October 2011, the Cain campaign released a controversial political campaign advertisement, which featured filmed comments from his chief of staff, Mark Block, and a final shot of Block, in a close-up, inhaling on a cigarette. The comments made in the ad, in contrast with the highly scripted, edited and vetted content of "grassroots" Obama campaign videos, were the real feelings of Cain's right-hand man, and reflected the general sentiment of the people who had worked with Cain on his campaign and in the National Restaurant Association. Contrary to the impression left by mainstream news coverage of the ad itself, smoking a cigarette on TV is not a crime. More time was taken criticizing Block's smoking than analyzing the very salient points made in this and other Cain ads.[6]


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