Herman Cain was born Cain was born on December 13, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lenora and Luther Cain, Jr. His mother was a cleaner and his father was a janitor, a barber, and a chauffeur. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia with “his loving parents, and little else.”
Married to Gloria, and they have two grown children.
Miracle of Life
He was treated in 2006 for stage 4 liver and colon cancer. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy following the diagnosis, and he now says he is cancer-free.
It’s A Black Thing
He describes himself as black and prefers that term over the term African-American.
He has spoken first-hand of how he has experienced racial discrimination. He tells of sitting behind the white/black section on buses, as well as how he had to take turns with his brother, standing watch as each took a drink from the “white” side of a segregated water fountain in a department store.
1967- Graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics
1971- Graduated from Purdue University with a Master of Science degree in computer science
He has received 8 eight honorary degrees from:
Johnson & Wales
New York City Technical College
Civilian employee with the United States Navy developing fire control systems for ships and fighter planes
Private Sector Career
Coca-Cola Company- Computer Systems Analyst
Burger King- ran hundreds of the popular fast-food chain restaurants
Godfather’s Pizza- President and CEO
Godfather’s Pizza was a company that was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. In just 14 months, Herman returned Godfather’s to profitability and he led his management team to a buyout of the company.
Host of “The Herman Cain Show,” on Atlanta’s WSB 750 AM/ 95.5 FM
National Restaurant Association- President
Under Herman’s administration, the group grew significantly and began to lobby for the interests of America’s restaurateurs and small business owners.
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City- Board of Directors; was elected their chairman
In this position, he “analyzed economic conditions in the region and notified the Federal Reserve of how their policies should
Has never held a political position
1996- Economic adviser to the unsuccessful Republican candidates for president and vice president, Bob Dole and Jack Kemp.
2004- He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate
Newsweek named Herman Cain the primary saboteur of Hillarycare.
1997- Leadership is Common Sense
1999- Speak as a Leader
2001- CEO of SELF
2005- They Think You’re Stupid
1979- Authored an article titled “The Intangibles of Implementation” in the technical journal Interfaces
(Vol. 9, No. 5, 1979, pp. 144-147), published by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
On The Issues
Strengthen our National Security
Unfortunately, national security has become far too politicized with our elected officials using the issue as a means to polarize our country as the “war hawks” and the “peace doves.” In response, the safety and morale of our brave men and women in uniform are often at risk for political gain. The judgment of our military experts on the ground is often underutilized in exchange for political purposes. National security isn’t about politics. It’s about defending America.
Reduce Government Spending
Has outline his plan: The 9-9-9 Plan
Nothing should be off the table. Every federal agency, every government program and expenditure must be reviewed and revised with a keen eye and a red pen. Leaders should be willing to shrink budgets by target percentages, and those charged with implementing those changes must be held accountable.
Fix The Immigration Problem
Illegal immigration has only exacerbated illegal activity, such as the horrendous crimes of drug smuggling and human trafficking. Illegal immigration also puts a tremendous strain on America’s entitlement and health care systems. We must secure our borders, enforce our laws and promote the existing path to citizenship.
Release our domestic energy resources
America is a land blessed with abundant natural resources and the capability of the people to obtain them. Alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar, nuclear and hydroelectric are certainly part of the solution long term, but private industry must take the lead for true innovation to be a bigger part of our future energy needs. If alternative energy sources are found to be inexpensive, safe and plentiful, then American consumers will choose to purchase them. Let the markets decide which forms of energy fuel our cars, heat our homes and which ones will keep America working.
Unleash Economic Growth
America has long been a beacon of prosperity throughout the world. The American Dream has been attained by those who were willing to think, work and sacrifice to achieve it. Each dream was different, but each dream was made possible due to the freedoms this country provides.
Repeal and Replace Health Care “Deform”
Let’s level the playing field under the current tax code and allow the deductibility of health insurance premiums regardless of whether they are purchased by the employer or the employee. That would help shift ownership of one’s health care back to where it belongs, the individual. Patient-centered free market health care reforms have already been developed and introduced in Congress, but they are stuck in committee and they can’t get out. With the right leadership we can get them out and get them passed.
Entitlements- Modernize Social Programs
The federal government has imposed expensive and often counter-productive social and welfare programs on the states and the people. It is time to admit the mistakes, and get the federal government out of the way. This will allow states, cities, churches, charities and businesses to offer a helping hand instead of a handout where they live. People closest to the problems are the best ones to solve the problems effectively.
Redo Financial Regulatory “Deform”
Eliminating the burdens of cumbersome federal regulations would provide an immediate boost for our weakened economy. It would signal to businesses and investors that the federal government intends to get out of the business of over regulating. Where regulations are required the states will do their job. Consumers and investors do not need nanny-state federal regulations to save them from themselves.
Alleviate Excessive Regulatory Burdens
Alleviating the burdens of cumbersome regulation would be an immediate boost for our weakened economy. It would signal to businesses and investors that the government intends to maintain conditions that allow for them to thrive, not to bog them down with additional costs they must inevitably pass on to their consumers.
Education is the key to unlocking a prosperous future. At the heart of education should always be the students. Unfortunately, education has become weighed down with administration that has shifted the focus from educating students to maintaining an excessive level of bureaucracy through expanded unionization and regulation. It’s time to unbundle education from the federal government down to the local level.
In God Is Our Trust
Our Founding Fathers recognized a higher power in the formation of this nation when they said in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and that they are “endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.” America’s moral foundation does not need to be rewritten. It needs to be respected and taught to our children and grandchildren. It is the basis for our concept of freedom. We are free because “In God Is Our Trust.”
He does not believe there is a need for an audit of the Federal Reserve, but he has also said that while an audit is not a high priority for him, he has no objections to it either. He has said that it is highly unlikely that anything would be found in an audit, as the internal controls of the Federal Reserve are extensive. He says the problems stem from politicization of the bank rather than a failure to exercise due care for these internal controls.
This is one of the very few ares where I disagree with Mr. Cain. The Federal Reserve should not only be audited, but it should ultimately be eliminated.
What Others Are Saying
The Improbable Rise of Herman Cain
On The Web
Official Herman Cain Campaign Website
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Who Is Herman Cain?
I’m Not A Politician
Water: Herman Cain Talks Racial Discrimination
9-9-9: A Vision For Economic Growth
God Bless America: A 911 Tribute
Archived Articles written by Herman Cain
In The News
Herman Cain Wins Florida Straw Poll
Herman Cain Responds To Obama’s Budget
Herman Cain Clarifies “Right Of Return”
Herman Cain: Democrats are trying to “intimidate” Tea Partiers
Herman Cain Responds to Janeane Garofalo and Keith Olbermann
Herman Cain hits back at Morgan Freeman for calling Tea Party ‘racist’
On The Issues
Political Positions of Herman Cain