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Krauthammer and Rove are wrong about me

Wow! I must be causing some people quite a concern as a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. The establishment skeptics are still stuck in the traditional campaign paradigm of immediate name ID, lots of money, and having held a worthy elective office before. The critics are pounding on what they perceive as my weaknesses. And the Democratic National Committee now has me on its radar and is sharpening its blades for a Cain attack.

No one is more emblematic of the Republican establishment than Karl Rove. He has an unmatched political record from his tenure with former president George W. Bush. I greatly respect and admire what he has accomplished in his career.

But I would suggest that he take a few minutes to review my record as a leader in business and as a problem-solver before he dismisses me as the radio talk show guy from Atlanta with not much to offer as a presidential candidate. Mr. Rove’s perspective also suggests that successful business skills are not applicable to changing the “Titanic” course our federal government is on.

People outside the political establishment are starting to recognize that those business skills are applicable. Maybe that’s why Cain is rising in the polls.

One of my favorite political commentators, Charles Krauthammer of Fox News, described my candidacy as entertainment. I enjoy his perspectives because he is usually very thoughtful and often correct in his analysis. Unfortunately, this time he got it wrong. Some people would describe being able to give an informative and inspiring speech as an asset, especially if one is running for president.

Or maybe Mr. Krauthammer was thinking of the announcement rally we held in Atlanta recently, which attracted over 15,000 enthusiastic supporters. Then again, maybe it’s because we do not have the funds or the fundraising network that the more well-known candidates have. And no, my campaign is not broke, as someone on Chris Wallace’s Fox News staff incorrectly concluded from a dormant PAC account.

My presidential campaign account is called Friends of Herman Cain, just in case Mr. Rove, Mr. Krauthammer and Mr. Wallace would like to make a contribution. I’m not mad! We just have temporary differences of opinion.

And to my critics who are scouting for more of my weaknesses to write about, I will give you three you have not discovered yet. I don’t know everything. I don’t pander to groups. And I am terrible at political correctness. Like any candidate, I will make some gaffes and stumble in some interviews with the press.

On the other hand, my strengths include identifying problems, properly framing problems, solving problems, surrounding myself with good and great people, and giving those overly inspiring speeches to engage the people in my common sense solutions process. Oh! I also like to smile, laugh and have fun with people. I think people can handle those qualities in a presidential candidate.

Lastly, I’m surprised that the DNC already has me on its political radar screen when not all of the potential candidates have yet to even formally declare their candidacy for the Republican nomination. Maybe the Democrats are taking my candidacy seriously, and if I win the nomination, they will not be laughing.

  • CK4RP

    Some would say that it doesn’t get much more “establishment” than being a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

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  • BigRmv

    Herman Cain / Allen West in 2012 anyone?

    • Barbbtx

      No doubt, that is my dream ticket. West can make up for what Cain lacks on foreign policy.
      Cain was on Hannity’s radio show while back and his name was mentioned as possible VP.
      Cain said absolutely he would consider asking him.

  • britay

    Well, Well, Well Mr. Cain..Did you think your name would be left off the commentary lists… Think again… this is POLITICS!..If you don’t want to be questioned, ridiculed, talked about, then sir, “you should have remained” on the RADIO”!.. Everyone will have an opinion good or bad about the candidates…this race is important and we the people are looking for someone with thick skin and not a whiner!… However, I don’t think you are Presidential..but, that is my opinion and I would never VOTE for you!…

    President Obama is my choice for 2012, and hopefully you can run again in 2016, with a thicker skin and with Carl Rove’s Republican Blessing!

    • LDeVose2

      Come on, britay! Is this not the kind of politics liberals claim to decry, the politics of gotcha and personal innuendo.

      Mr. Cain’s commentary is merely exposing those who would be power brokers.

      I think Mr. Cain is absolutely right. Those who are criticizing and mischaracterizing him and his candidacy as “entertainment”, “broke” and lacking “much to offer as a presidential candidate” would do well to look at the condition of the nation, the party and the gross weaknesses of the others in the hunt for the GOP nomination, before they dismiss his as a less than a valid alternative to what will be almost certain defeat and reinstallation of President Obama, the biggest blunder by the American electorate in my lifetime.

      Which brings me to you and others of your persuasion. A Herman Cain candidacy will be the best correction by the American electorate probably since the establishment of this nation.

      And let me guess, you have seen and heard nothing of Mr. Cain’s ideas. A Jewish proverb calls him stupid who decides without analysis.

      Well, Well, Well Mr. Cain..Did you think your name would be left off the commentary lists… Think again… this is POLITICS!..If you don’t want to be questioned, ridiculed, talked about, then sir, “you should have remained” on the RADIO”!.. Everyone will have an opinion good or bad about the candidates…this race is important and we the people are looking for someone with thick skin and not a whiner!… However, I don’t think you are Presidential..but, that is my opinion and I would never VOTE for you!…

      President Obama is my choice for 2012, and hopefully you can run again in 2016, with a thicker skin and with Carl Rove’s Republican Blessing!

      Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/29/dear-skeptics/#ixzz1NtyTJH1v

    • Aleena

      Britay, You have obviously not read the article. Mr. Cain did not respond as if he had a thin skin. It is clear to me that most Obama supporters simply lie as you have. They never look at the facts. They never think. They merely say I’m right and you’re wrong. After over two awful years, I would think that even you might have learned something.

    • BigRmv

      I find it quite amusing that you would call this man’s statements “thin skinned,” yet you endorse a man whose skin is so thin that he had to hire an online media watchdog to rebut any unflattering stories about him? At the expense of the tax payers, too, I’ll bet.

    • Barbbtx

      Must see videos. There are 3 of them. Obama vs Obama
      The one about Stupid People is hilarious.
      Would you really vote for Obama?

      http://www.youtube.com/user/Hollywood4Cain#p/a/u/0/8eAUKJEJlfs

      • Barbbtx

        Geez… I meant Obama vs Cain

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  • jscottv

    As nice a guy as Herman is, his bio always says, businessman, Godfather Pizza. Why doesn’t it also include Past Director of the Kansas City Federal Reserve and supporter of TARP? A past Director of the Federal Reserve as President?? Not me.. I’ll never vote that way.

    • scottie1321

      Don’t tell me…you are a Ron Paul supporter? The only ones making this same comment. Well if Cains weakness is the fed reserve, Paul’s weakness is not being able to effectively communicate.

      Cain has already sufficiently answered your question. As one who beleves that the Fed Reserve is a huge problem like you do…Cain has sufficiently answered the question:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2Mqie_h9uU&feature=player_embedded

      Ron Paul’s solution is to throw the baby out with the bath water. That…is …not…problem solving.

      Herman Cain 2012…the problem solver.

    • arealman

      Mr.cain, As long as you will not lie to us and REALLY be a moral man with REAL values and not LIE to us like bush 1&2 then you will have this americans vote as this country is heading down to the dump so fast i am getting scared for my family!! Obama is a decevier & flatout liar who seems to have a goal of destroying Americia…Please, Sir!!, Just don’t be a liar!!, please….

    • NoReElection

      Took he words right out of my mouth scottie1321, I found virtually the same comment on a forum of Ron Paul supporters. The Ronulans are so hung up on the Fed that they don’t seem to realize that Rep. Pauls isolationists policies will make us sitting ducks for the worlds aggressors.

      to jscottv:
      Mr. Cain also worked six years for the Department of the Navy, does that make him a warmonger?
      Regarding TARP as you may know it was originally conceived by the Bush administration, to relieve banks of the burden of bad loans which was dragging down the housing and credit markets and negatively impacting our economy. The article Mr Cain wrote, and that the Ronulans like to point to, was written from that perspective. It is the implementation in the Obama administration, that turned TARP into a slush fund to reward the President’s and the Democrats political cronies. Mr Cain has explained multiple times that he does not/ did not support that implementation of TARP which did nothing to stimulate the economy.

    • CK4RP

      “We get the government we deserve.” I would wager that very few, if any, of the “you must be a Ron Paul supporter” flame throwers have ever contemplated why the Federal Reserve issue is so important to “Paultards”, “Ronulans”, and “Paulbots”, There have been many people (SURPRISE! Not all “Ron Paul supporters”!) who have criticized and questioned the legitimacy of the Fed and it’s role in our monetary system over the years. It is rarely covered in the MSM as the Fed prints the dollars (think Monopoly money here)for all the politicians to pay back all their cronies who make campaign contributions for all their political careers all at the expense of the American taxpayer and the devaluation of our currency. No big deal there. If you listen closely, you can hear the Cain supporters “Hey, what’s so wrong with that, Paultard?” Far better to call names than to read a book. “We get the government we deserve.”

    • Barbbtx

      his bio does talk about his work at the federal reserve. Don’t ask me why they don’t play that up more. It was a conservative FR and he was described as very conservative while there.
      Why would the fact that he thought we had no choice but to do TARP be in his bio? Besides he didn’t like it after he found out how it was going to be implimented. Lots of people thought it had to be done and they still think it was the right thing.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8MMOsXW_uA&feature=related

  • virginiagentleman

    Why would you give any credance to Rove, Mr. Cain? Like so many talking heads, they become legends in their own minds. The problem with folks like him is that they refuse to move on as the times and conditions change. This isn’t 2001, it’s 2011. If Rove and his ilk had all the answers, wouldn’t they have solved our nations problems by now?….We do not need anymore establishment politicions from either party. Seems to me THEY ARE the problem and created a majority of the problems we face today. Time to move towards new candidates with new ideas, folks who are more than professional students, lawyers, academic types, etc. Why not a successful CEO like yourself, someone who actually has a clue, someone who can get things done without all the misleading platitudes and empty promises?

  • TeaPartyofAmerica.org

    Mr.Cain: Well written Sir and well said. For the rest of the world, allow me to say this. I have met this man twice now and had the good fortune of spending some time with him. In my many years on this planet, I can honestly say that I have been impressed with someone only a hand full of times. This man is truly inspiring both as a man and as a candidate for the title of President of the Unites States. I will also say that he does adhere to most if not all of the values that ” Tea Party of America PAC ” is seeking in a candidate. Again, well done Mr. Cain and keep up the good work Sir.

    • Barbbtx

      I try to be grateful of what I have and am seldom jealous of anyone. I’M JEALOUS OF YOU! Oh, well, maybe I’ll get to meet him someday too.

  • partymanrandy

    Mr. Cain, did you really just accuse Chris Wallace of “gotcha journalism” by asking you about the right of return and then clarifying the question when you clearly didn’t understand? You just fell further on my list.

    • outOfElement

      No, he said NOTHING of the kind above. What he said was…

      “And no, my campaign is not broke, as someone on Chris Wallace’s Fox News staff incorrectly concluded from a dormant PAC account.”

      Did you forget your reading glasses?

    • outOfElement

      His mention of “gotcha” journalism was IN GENERAL. Which is a correct assessment. He didn’t accuse anyone specific of it. But you know this…

      • partymanrandy

        So your defense is that he’s accusing people of “gotcha” journalism without anything to back it up?

        Yep, that’s much better. You win. Cain 2012 baby!

    • scottie1321

      No..he did not. But Herman Cain’s answer is EXACTLY why I am supporting him all the way. You must have missed this.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4n6S6dam60&feature=player_embedded

      Those of you who are waiting for the perfect candidate will have to wait for Heaven. We need a candidate that is open, honest, willing to admit a mistake, and doesn’t pretend that he knows everything.

  • wlcrews

    Yeah Rove also said Palin doesn’t play by the rules. Now just whose rules won’t she play by? The establishments. That really gets to these guys.