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FILE -  This May 12, 2011, file photo, shows Tiger Woods hit from the second fairway during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament, from which he withdrew after nine holes, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Woods announced on his website Thursday, July 28, 2011, that he will return to golf next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, ending an 11-week break to heal injuries to his left leg. (AP Photo/Chris O FILE - This May 12, 2011, file photo, shows Tiger Woods hit from the second fairway during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament, from which he withdrew after nine holes, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Woods announced on his website Thursday, July 28, 2011, that he will return to golf next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, ending an 11-week break to heal injuries to his left leg. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)  

Herman Cain once wanted Tiger Woods to run for president

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Years before businessman Herman Cain decided to run for president as a Republican, he suggested an unorthodox pick to run for the White House in 2016: Tiger Woods.

“Tiger will be 40 years old in 2016,” Cain wrote in a 2006 column. “The Republican Party should begin grooming him now for a run at the White House. His personal attributes and accomplishments on the golf course point to a candidate who will be a problem solver, not a politician.” (RELATED: TheDC coverage of Tiger Woods)

The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and radio host made the comments in a piece, uncovered by Katrina Trinko of National Review, in which he wrote that the “crop of 2008 Republican presidential contenders is about as inspiring as Saturday’s leftovers for Monday’s lunch.”

His column was also, obviously, written before Tiger Woods’ high-profile scandal and extramarital affairs that led him to take a temporary leave from golf.

“Tiger has surely contemplated both his future goals in golf and his next challenges when he retires from the game,” Cain wrote then. “How refreshing to have a political outsider run for president again.”

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