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Herman Cain responds to Rove and Krauthammer

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      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

Fresh off his presidential campaign announcement Sunday, Herman Cain sought to push back against criticism from some prominent GOP opinion leaders. Karl Rove, for example, called him a “talk radio guy” and Charles Krauthammer said his candidacy was for “entertainment.”

“Karl Rove, I respect. Krauthammer, I have a lot of respect for — he’s one of the thoughtful conservatives out there,” Cain told The Daily Caller.  “My response is … I’m not running to become president of the establishment. I am running to become president of the people of the United States of America.”

“[Rove and Krauthammer] will eventually wake up and realize that I am a serious candidate for the nomination” — Cain added — when they “realize there is a disconnect between establishment thinking and real world thinking.”

Speaking of average Americans, Cain has impressed many conservatives with his speaking ability, not to mention his credentials in terms of business and leadership experience, but has sometimes stumbled over foreign policy questions.

During the first GOP debate in South Carolina, for example, Cain refused talk specifically about his plan for Afghanistan. He also seemed to stumble during a Fox News Sunday question over the “right of return” for Palestinians.

But Cain told TheDC: “Foreign policy experience and knowledge is more than about bombs and bullets — It’s about bombs, bullets and economics.

In that regard, Cain is very well-traveled.

While serving on the boards of multinational corporations such as Whirlpool and AGCO — as well as during his time as president of the National Restaurant Association — Cain took business trips to China, South Africa, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Japan. Personally, he has also traveled to Canada and Mexico, and says he will travel this year — during the campaign — to Israel.

“Is it just bombs and bullets? — no — there is an economic component…I know more about foreign economic policy than most people.”

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  • Steamboat Jack

    Please read this TWICE before you form an opinion. It is pretty radical.

    I believe that the self-anointed Republican elite have listened to the Glitterati and Illuminati of the so called main stream media way too long. They have been told, and they believe, that the Republican grass roots, people characterized by Bubba Clinton as Stupid F—–G Red Necks, people like me, would only judge others on the color of their skin. They stuck on stupid: it is a shallow elitist stereotype of us and they are wrong. That they believe so little of us is an insult to me and my friends.

    I have a dream that the day will come when people will be judged on the content of their character and not the color of their skin. The Country Club Republicans have judged me on the color of my skin and my political affiliation. They are WRONG and it is time for them to just go away. Please.

    The Love of my Life and I went to hear Mr. Cain speak in Austin TX. He stands head and shoulders over the Lilliputians that appear to be the front runners-today.