WASHINGTON — Former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain has a rosy recollection of his run for president in 2012.
“Why did I run for president of the United States?” Cain said during a speech to college students Wednesday afternoon. “I believed that I could win, and damn near did!”
Speaking at the Young America’s Foundation 36th Annual National Conservative Student Conference, Cain quickly added to laughter: “Y’all will have to edit out ‘damn near’ because my pastor wouldn’t like that.”
Cain, who gained fame during the contest for his 9-9-9 tax plan and memorable debate performances, dropped out of the Republican race for president in 2011 shortly before the Iowa caucuses.
During his remarks, Cain also touched on a variety of other political issues, calling for conservatives to better articulate their message. “The Republican Party has lost it’s cool, and it’s swagger,” he said.