Herman Cain Announces GOP Presidential Bid
Matt | On 23, May 2011
The field of GOP presidential hopefuls continue to get more interesting by the day.
Herman Cain, an Atlanta-based media personality, announced his intent to run for president of the United States from a rally in his home city on Saturday. Cain is the first African-American Republican to formally announce a bid for the nation’s highest office.
Cain’s background is an interesting one. Until earlier this year, he hosted a conservative radio show on WSB 750 AM in Atlanta. He was also the former chairman and CEO of Godfather Pizza. At the same time, he served as chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Now, he is a syndicated columnist with North Star Writers Group and a commentator for FOX Business.
So, yeah, he’s got the “successful businessman” thing down pat.
As far as values, Cain is pretty conservative. He pretty much hits all of the standard talking GOP talking points – opposes abortion, gay marriage, healthcare reform, and spending programs for the poor. He loves free markets, secure borders, and U.S. offshore oil drilling. I wasn’t expecting much excitement in that department.
Cain seems to think that with a 29% name recognition among GOP voters that he is going all the way to the White House. I guess if President Obama could rise from nowhere (politically) and become Commander-in-Chief, then Cain thinks he can do it. I just don’t think he has realized that President Obama is still in the race for 2012.
Prior to his presidential announcement, Cain has not held any elected office in the past.