Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was not taken serious as a candidate a few weeks ago. And just a week ago, he won the all important Florida Straw Poll shocking many and his campaign, which was formerly on life support, was now revived.
Now that’s he’s in the public eye as a serious presidential candidate, we wanted to provide you with a post providing you with 10 facts you may not know about Herman Cain.
1. Cancer Free
In 2006, Cain was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in both his colon and his liver. Cain underwent surgery and chemotherapy following the diagnosis, and has since reported that he is cancer-free.
2. Run For Senate
In 2004, Cain ran for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, pursuing the seat that came open with the retirement of Democrat Zell Miller. Cain sought the Republican nomination, facing congressmen Johnny Isakson and Mac Collins in the primary. Cain and Collins both hoped to deny Isakson a majority on primary day in order to force him into a runoff. Collins tried to paint Cain as a moderate, citing Cain’s support for affirmative action programs, while Cain argued that he was a conservative, noting that he opposed the legality of abortion except when the mother’s life is threatened. Cain finished second in the primary with 26.2% of the vote, ahead of Collins, who won 20.6%, but because Isakson won 53.2% of the vote, Isakson was able to avoid a runoff.
3. 2nd Run For Presidency?
Cain briefly ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000; he says it was more about making political statements than winning the nomination. “George W. Bush was the chosen one, he had the campaign DNA that followers look for.” However, Cain went on to state, “I believe that I had a better message and I believe that I was the better messenger.” After ending his own campaign, however, he endorsed Steve Forbes.
4. Former Presidential Adviser?
Cain was a senior economic advisor to the Dole/Kemp presidential campaign in 1996.
5. Preach On!
Cain is an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, which he joined at the age of 10. The church is part of the National Baptist Convention, USA.
6. Honorary Degrees
Cain is the recipient of eight honorary degrees from Creighton, Johnson & Wales, Morehouse College, Nebraska, New York City Technical College, Purdue University, Suffolk University, and Tougaloo College.
7. Herman Cain, The Author
Herman Cain has written five books to date with his most recent releasing this month, and his first released in 1997. Here is a list of the books: Leadership is Common Sense (1997), Speak as a Leader (1999), CEO of SELF (October 2001), They Think You’re Stupid (May 2005), Cain, Herman (October 2011). This Is Herman Cain: My Journey To The White House
8. Opposed Clinton And Obama Healthcare Plan
Cain publicly opposed the 1993/1994 health care plan of President Bill Clinton. As president-elect of the National Restaurant Association, he challenged Bill Clinton on the costs of the employer mandate contained within the bill and criticized its effect on small businesses.
9. The Writer And Radio Host?
Cain writes a syndicated op-ed column, which is distributed by the North Star Writers Group. Until February 2011, Cain hosted The Herman Cain Show on Atlanta talk radio stationNews Talk 750 WSB, a Cox Radio affiliate.
10. The Businessman
He is the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and a former deputy chairman (1992–94) and chairman (1995–96) of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.