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January 26th, 2012
11:56 AM ET

Nine Things We Learned from Herman Cain

By Ed Parry, Writer/Producer, CNN Newsroom

Herman Cain – he’s not seeking votes anymore, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped campaigning.

The former GOP presidential front-runner, Mr. 999, the guy who gave the tea party movement's response to the State of the Union address, and current BFF of Stephen Colbert paid a visit to Kyra Phillips in CNN’s Studio 7 Thursday.

In honor of his 999 plan, here are nine things we learned about Citizen (rather than candidate) Cain:

1) On his relationship with Stephen Colbert:
Cain says Colbert (and Jon Stewart) reach young voters – and that’s who Cain says he wants to inspire. Doesn’t he worry that Colbert is using him as a punchline? Not really. “It’s a mutual use.”

2) On GOP nastiness:
The divisive attacks discourage people from wanting to be part of the process.

3) On Romney:
He could beat President Obama. But he needs to be more specific with his plans for the economy and job creation. His current plan “isn’t cutting it.”

4) On Newt:
He can be bold. He’s been accused of being extreme. But he could beat Obama in November too. It all depends on how he hones his message before the general election

5) On why he likes Newt:
Because even though he’s a career politician, “he got out of politics for a while so his head could clear. That’s a positive.”

6) On why he’s not endorsing anyone:
Because solutions are more important than a person he endorses.

7) On the president’s State of the Union address:
Small ideas. Stop picking winners and losers. Let the marketplace do that.

8) On the tax code:
Toss it. Re-draw it. Please. Now. It will solve so many other problems.

9) On tonight’s GOP debate in Jacksonville:
Specifics please, on how to grow the economy, create jobs, inspire hiring, and get government out of the way. Have a great day.

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  1. Truthwillout

    I miss Herman Cain! I think there were many on the left that wanted him out of the picture. He was the only one who had a specific plan. His plan was simple and fair! People were able to understand it and support it. Cain was the only outsider of the entire GOP candidates. His experience in working in the Navy w/Ballistic Missles, VP of computer systems, he virtually turned around hundreds of Burger Kings and saved jobs, not to mention the turning around of Godfather's Pizza. He's the only one that could talk the talk and provide PROOF.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  2. Bradie

    Herman Cain was THE BEST in the race and a sure thing to beat Obama. He was brilliant, articulate, and focused though perhaps a bit naive about how crooked the left and the main stream media are. That's why Axelrod and the media took him out. This news broadcast in Atlanta showed he was telling the truth and his accuser was lying. But you don't get that on the main stream media only lies and defense of Obama on all fronts... including taking out his biggest threat... Herman Cain. But fortunately, since he was not seeking office for his own benefit, but to bring about positive changes in our nation, he is still seeking to bring about real change for the better. Herman Cain is a great example that all Americans can look up to.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  3. JulieinDSM

    AMEN!!! We and PLANS not SLAMS!!!! No one likes the elementary playground tattling... grow up and start to fix this Country before it's too late!

    January 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  4. Lacuna

    To me, the Republican obsession with Cain always smacked a little too much of cargo-cult behavior. Like Republicans thought, "Hey, maybe if we adopt the style of what the Obama campaign did back in 2004, we might have a chance!" Yeah, Cain had great charisma, and yeah, 999 is the best-sounding campaign promise ever. Doesn't mean that his plan had the remotest chance of making things better. Didn't mean that Cain had anything real to offer.

    The one GOP candidate who's different than the rest, Ron Paul, has some staggeringly regressive and misguided beliefs to balance out the undeniably positive things he does bring to the debate. Pity, but then again, the party heads made sure he never had a chance at the nomination to begin with.

    The sad part is that in this complex world, people can't possibly be expected to understand enough about how things really are that so-called "common sense" solutions to problems will work. Here's an example, since the national debt's such a big issue right now. How can people be expected to know how to manage the national debt, when all they have personal experience with is managing a business or a household? A country is not a household or a business and the definition of the word "debt" that we are familiar with just doesn't apply. It doesn't mean that a high debt isn't a problem, but must be managed differently. So why are you listening to the guy who says he knows what to do, whether he's a Republican or a Democrat? It doesn't matter, it's all theater run by the people who do know how the world works. A certain amount of misdirected anger and incomplete understanding is useful in keeping people, whether it's you and me or the ones nominally in charge, feeling like they're doing something useful.

    Good riddance to Mr. 999 and kudos to the Republicans and Democrats for the excellent and continuing stage work.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  5. shannon

    I still plan to write in Herman Cain. I cannot support anyone else because I don't know what they stand for. I've resigned myself to the fact the media will do all it can to get Obama 4 more years of our current situation. Until the republicans decide to quit fighting on stupid issues and force real plans from the president the US is on the path to a second rate country and that scares me for the future of my 4 kids.

    January 27, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  6. clemen

    After watching the debates this is what I saw.
    Ruplicans don't want a smart good christian man like Santorum.
    They don't want an unmoldable in-shape old man like Paul.
    They are a little afriad Romney because he has a greedy look on his face as though he is just out for himself.
    They preferr a man like Gingrich that can't give a basic plan on how he will help America, but can make racist comments suggesting that it would be good to have poor black kids clean toilets. Gingrich gets a standing applause on every racist comment he makes. Republicans aren't looking for a problem solver thats for sure.

    January 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  7. Lou Santos sr.

    Bottom Line:: Jobs are and have to be the priority.Over Housing the Depth,Health Care .No Jobs = No economy jobs create revenue that will help along with the correct political decisions to reduce the depth.and increase GDP.If ENOUGH jobs are brought back to the USA we'll solve the housing crisis as well.America has some of the best workers in the world. I've been watching from the 80's especially after NAFTA was signed .Jobs Large corp.America going overseas to produce products to be sold here.Yet they continue to scare and tax our jobs overseas.#1 shut down china imports .It's sad you call Cust.Service for most large corp.'s you can't understand them because you talking to India.I do understand the bottom line is to satisfy the corp.Investor's.Something must be done.JOBS JOBS JOBS

    January 28, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  8. Eric Tory Brown

    Why hasn't anyone in the news commented on the fact that Herman Cains wife is ABSENT as he stands to endorse Newt Gingrich. Or that a suspected / alleged philanderer endorses an admitted philanderer. Things that make you go "Hmmm".

    January 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  9. Name*Liz Carter

    I hope one of the 9 things we learned from Herman Cain aka 'The Brother From Another Mother' is that a FOOL comes in all colors, classes, ages, genders, motives, educational backgrounds, and religion. He is a racist puppet....PERIOD! Racist towards his own people. He was the conservatives 'Great White Hope'.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  10. tina

    This presidential race is about good against evil......money is the root of all evil......its sad how people sell their souls to the devil for money.....this side of life is too short.....and Hell is forever.

    October 8, 2012 at 2:40 am |

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