- Former Title: CEO, Godfather’s Pizza; Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (1995-1996)
- Party Affiliation:
- Birthplace: Memphis, TN
- Religion: Baptist
- Alma Mater: Morehouse College (BA), Purdue University (MS)
- Website: http://www.hermancain.com
Businessman Herman Cain first entered the Republican scene when, as president of the National Restaurant Association, he challenged former President Bill Clinton’s healthcare reform law in a much publicized town hall meeting. He is anti-abortion and gay marriage. He has said that he supports cutting spending, lowering taxes and giving states authority over reducing illegal immigration.
Cain ran for the Republican nomination in 2000 that former President George W. Bush won. Cain, who prefers to call himself black rather than African-American, has been criticized for saying he would not feel comfortable having a Muslim serve in his cabinet and that he felt uncomfortable after learning that his surgeon was Muslim.
The son of a chauffeur and a domestic worker, Cain came from working class roots.
Cain’s solution for creating jobs is his "9-9-9" tax reform plan, which would throw out the federal tax code and replace it with a flat 9 percent rate for corporate, income, and sales taxes.
Cain has said he would secure the border by building an electrified fence between the United States and Mexico.
Cain, who has embraced the Tea Party movement, has called Occupy Wall Street “un-American” and “anti-capitalism.” In a Wall Street Journal interview, he addressed Occupy protesters, saying: “Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself.” He later said he wasn’t talking about the nation’s 14 million unemployed.
Cain proposes rolling back “excessive” environmental regulations that have “forced American consumers to rely far too heavily on foreign oil” and ramping up domestic sources of energy. He says decisions about energy sources should be left up to the free market.
Cain opposes abortion and has called Planned Parenthood "planned genocide," arguing that the organization's mission is to "help kill black babies before they came into the world.” He supports a federal ban on gay marriage.
Cain has said he would create optional personal retirement accounts in lieu of Social Security modeled after a system in Chile.
Cain says the solution to America’s national debt is cutting spending and, he says, “nothing should be off the table,” including every federal agency and government program.
Cain has avoided taking a stand on the war in Afghanistan and says he would rely on advice from military commanders. The “Cain Doctrine” on national security is an extension of the Reagan philosophy, “peace through strength,” he says . “My philosophy is peace through strength and clarity. We need to clarify who our friends are, clarify who our enemies are, stop giving money to the enemies and make sure our enemies know who are friends are that we’re going to stand solidly behind,” Cain says.
Cain says Obama’s healthcare should be replaced with “free market reforms” such as enacting loser pay laws and increasing the flexibility of Health Savings Accounts.
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