Skip to comments.In Conference with Herman Cain
Posted on 03/14/2011 8:37:13 PM PDT by justsaynomore
I had the chance to sit in tonight on a blogger conference call with potential 2012 Presidential candidate Herman Cain. It shouldnt surprise any long-time readers of The Shack when I say Im a fan of Cains as a candidate and as a person. Though he has yet to announce his candidacy, he has formed an exploratory committee and has visited several of the early primary and caucus states to gauge interest in a run and to lay some groundwork if he decides to do so.
I had hoped to connect to the call with Skype and record it, so I could pull out some of the better quotes at leisure, but I couldnt make that happen (mostly because I didnt want to spend money for Skypes premium call functions). I did, however, give my transcription skills one heck of a workout and captured a few good Cain quotes. Ill drop them below the jump. Ive done my very best to quote Mr. Cain as accurately as conditions would allow. I have only included quotes I am reasonably certain I captured accurately. In many cases, that means I left some very good stuff behind because I couldnt write down everything he said.
First, let me give you a couple little tidbits I did not know about Cain that you might not know either. He graduated college with majors in Mathematics and Physics and earned a Masters Degree in Computer Science. Let that sink in a little bit. We could have a Presidential nominee who has college degrees in hard sciences (and I just thought of a great question I could have asked. Doh, stupid Jimmie!) instead of the normal Political Science or International Relations or Business Administration degrees we too often see. I dont know what that says to you, but it tells me that Cain is no dummy. He can sling the brainpower.
I also didnt know that he took over Godfathers Pizza when it was on the verge of bankruptcy and helped turn it around into a profitable business. Hes used to taking on long odds and winning. Ive a feeling that attitude is going to be very necessary in our next President, whoever that may be.
Okay, so now the quotes, along with some stray impressions and summaries of parts I couldnt transcribe.
On whether he will run for President: My toe is no longer in the water. Its all the way up to my neck.
On his successes in turning Godfathers Pizza away from bankruptcy and defeating Stage 4 cancer: I have beaten the odds in order to achieve what some people thought it would be impossible to achieve.
On the principle that has guided him to consider a Presidential run: Its not about us; its about the grandchildren.
On his name identification among the conservative grassroots: I have been a consistent Tea Party favorite.. He went on to say that he enjoyes high name recognition among Tea Parties and the citizens movement and he is confident that no GOP candidate will not lose that edge to another candidate.
On what quality is most important to him in a running mate (asked by my friend and fellow podcaster Andrew Lawton): Pandering is what most politicians do. Leaders tell you the truth.. Cain said that courage will be the quality he will prize most in whoever seconds him on the GOP ticket in 2012. He also prizes intelligence and said, A great leader will surround himself with people who might be smarter than him or her.
On Islam in the United States and the growth in some places of Sharia law: I will allow, as President of the United States, them to practice their religion all they want. What I wont allow is them for force their beliefs their Sharia law on the rest of us.
On what he will use to attack the President during the campaign: His greatest failure is that spending has not stimulated the economy. He has no clue about how you stimulate the economy. He then went on to outline the five steps he will take right away to help turn the economy around.
Lower the top income tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent. Make those tax rates permanent. Take the capital gains tax rate to zero. Suspend taxation on repatriated profits profits made by US companies outside the US that theyd like to bring back to the US. Provide a full payroll tax holiday to both employers and employees. On health care: We have never had a health care problem; we have had a health cost problem.
He want on to say that he would work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered, free-market reforms. He cited the Empowering Patients Firs Act (HR3400), submitted by Republican Tom Price in 2009 as the proposal that would form the backbone of what he would want to get done.
On his TARP position: I didnt get his entire response down, but in a nutshell, he said that when the financial crisis first broke out, he supported the initial concept of TARP as a means to get rid of tarnished assets. He was then disappointed with how it was later implemented. He commended President Bush for leaving half of TARP for the incoming Obama administration to handle, though he blamed them both for botching the implementation. He trusted theyd implement the right way. They did not.
On potential skeletons in his closet: Theyll find I have a 20 handicap in golf and it never got lower. I have an original copy of my birth certificate. I have no illegitimate children, I have no mistresses.
He knows other candidates are doing opposition research about him and that the Sheriff of the county in which he grew up has already gotten calls from people from other campaigns.
On whether his opponents will use his extensive radio talk show host experience against him: Theyre going to find sound bites they can twist I have confidence in the public and in my listeners to sift through what is true and what is not.
On the two lessons he learned from his Senate run in 2006: 1) If I ever run for office again, start early; 2) Hire good people early.
On how hell turn around the US economy: We are, unfortunately, an entitlement society when we need to be an empowerment society.
On the battle with public sector unions in Wisconsin: This nation should be a right to work nation. He commended Governor Walker for his courage and reminded us that he had been to Wisconsin to support the Governor and the citizens who rallied to his defense.
On my question about how he will deal as President with public sector unions and help Governors to deal with them in their states: I will not be biased.
This President openly supports unions more than [he does] the other 88 percent [of those who do not belong to unions].
The American people will elect a President Herman Cain, not the union bosses.
On whether establishment Republicans will work against him as a candidate: [Republicans] will not open up their guns against me because they want to win.
He then said he will be able to go toe to toe with President Obama and be able to reveal how shallow a leader he is.
On tax reform and his outspoken support for the Fair Tax: I am a supporter of the Fair Tax. Thats Stage Two. That refers to the five economic plans hell put into place first that I mentioned earlier in the thread.
When the people understand the Fair Tax, theyll demand it.
On my question about what programs he would move back to the states and localities in order to give them more control of their own affairs: In order to get back to the empowerment society, we much empower the states.
That empowerment will take two forms. First, hell repeal or correct any program that has unfunded mandates so that states can control their own money. Second, hell block grant programs that are currently micromanaged by the Federal government. among those, he specifically mentioned Medicaid and the Education Department.
You cant micromanage large programs for fifty states that the states can manage for themselves
On the Federal Reserve (Note that Cain is a former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis): To the people who want to audit the Fed: Go for it.
Hes not a defender of the Fed, but he wont make it an urgent priority ahead of the economy, immigration, national defense, or taxes. The key to the Fed, he said, was to get it on the right track. Cain doesnt think we need to end the Fed (which will not endear him to the hard-core Ron Paul crowd) because thus far there is no viable alternative.
Interestingly, Cain does support putting the United States back on the gold standard, and calls it a check and balance that will keep Congress from printing money. Theres a very large caveat to that, though. Before we can do that, he said, we need to take care of the national debt. We cant even think about going back on gold standard while we owe over 14 trillion dollars. It just wont work.
And that was all. He and his people (and big love to my friend Ellen Carmichael for the hard work she did to make things run very smoothly) plan to do one of these calls a month. Im on the list and will get to as many as I can. When I do, Ill share what I hear!
Ping to Herman Cain’s blogger teleconference thread (I’ll be adding to this thread as they come in)
However if Herman is for sitting up a Gang Gallows on the White House Lawn for hanging Communists
I might change my mind..
He might make a good Dept. of Interior minister to replace the idiot Salazar..
Honkeys for Herman!
“Cain has no proven political record..”
With this gang of clowns that’s an asset.
Based on your posting history against Cain, I don’t think you really care about the facts.
But for the benefit of others - Herman Cain has been a public figure for a very long time, and is well known in the business world as well as in politics, talk radio, in the Fair Tax realm, and more. He hasn’t been on a national stage, but he is known and knowable. There are even articles on FR that go back a decade. Everything he says and does is verifiable and I encourage anyone to vet him to their heart’s content!
Herman Cain has what it takes. I’m sorry that when some folks look at Herman they only see a black man. When I look at him and listen to him, the only thing I see is Red, White and Blue.
Where was he for two years? Calculating that it might be the right time for ‘him’ to run? His concern for our country was deafening. I’m sure his past achievements served him well.
LoL.. well thats funny.. Would make a good bumper sticker..
There is no doubt that 0dumb0 & Biden are two blithering idiots who aren't qualified to clean the horsesh_t out of riding stables...although I would love to sentence both of these bastard commie pigs to do exactly that!
Go Herman Cain!
I see a man.. I would stand next to him any time and vote for Gingrich..
Who is a devil to be sure..
BUT he's "our" devil.. I like Palin but she is too smart to run..
Some want West.. I like the Cornel.. but its the same with him as with Herman or Rubio..
Maybe in the future..
Only Gingrich could stand toe to toe with Barry(with all his help) and decapitate him..
It will not be easy beating Zero.. to many still want to carry water for him..
If Gingrich is elected "WE MUST" have a TpCaucus House and Senate to hamstring him..
ELSE.... the good ol boys will still be in charge..
In case I didn't say it.. "ONLY GINGRICH" can beat Zero's political machine..
A TpCaucus House and Senate can be the ring in his nose..
The last thing we need is for another John McCain style professional (I use the term loosely) politician to be our Republican presidential candidate, without the balls & courage to attack the lack of CHARACTER & putrid results of the commie pig 0dumbo.
Herman Cain has a verifiable track record as a businessman, executive & talk show host for many years... 0dumbo was black & socialist, and that was it.
Herman Cain has the balls & courage to attack 0dumb0 for his lies, his lack of character, his socialist agenda, and his bankrupting & destroying of our country. Very few Republican politicians have the balls or courage to do that.... so far it is only Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin. I would support either one of these ladies, but perhaps Michelle Bachmann moreso, to be the VP candidate & Herman Cain for President.
Your "dream ticket" of Can/Bachmann would give Obama a landslide in '12 and that is most assuredly something that is avoidable.
Thanks for your report/interview. One interesting thing I note is that he’s very specific about the tax cuts he plans to implement, though he’s also for the fairtax. It could be that he’s being pragmatic—if he’s not able to completely change the system he’ll at least make it better with those cuts.
Gingrich? Are you nuts? Newtie not only couldn't beat Obama, in a presidential matchup, he isn't going to be able to beat any of the other GOPers in the primary!
Alan Keyes was no Herman Cain. Alan Keyes may be smart, but he was abyssmal in the debates with 0dumb0. Plus now we will have seen 4 years of 0dumb0’s atrocities in destroying our country. Herman Cain so far, is the only Repub I have seen that beat’s the sh_t out of 0dumb0 on all 20 or so of those positions listed in the article. The other Repub POLITICAL candidates would rather fall over themselves complimenting the commie pig bastard instead of attacking him. We need a pit bull to go after 0dumbo in the 2012 election, not a John McCain, Mitt Romney or the other Repub genteel losers.
One thing not mentioned here that he’s said several times - working with the budget that they can’t just trim around the edges, that both vertical and deep horizontal cuts will be required including whole programs/agencies. He hasn’t said specifically, as he’s looking at all of it, but I have a pretty good idea what some would be (NEA, NPR, CZARS and more).
Like he did this with companies - he fired people and shut down every dept and store that wasn’t profitable, brought the company out of the red.
I really his ideas of cutting from the get go and simultaneously changing the whole system to pump money back into the economy.
Damn you're smart.. I am not that smart.. I'm a republican..