Cain announces Presidential bid
In a Presidential primary campaign featuring more unofficial candidates than official candidates, that particular margin has just improved: Herman Cain has declared as a candidate for President of the United States.
He's running to win.
"In case you accidentally listen to a skeptic or doubting Thomas out there, just to be clear: I'm running for President of the United States, and I'm not running for second," Cain declared.
Some have all but annointed Cain the next Ronald Reagan. Cain himself seems to have taken this idea closely to heart. While he declares that the United States is in crisis, he also believes it can be redeemed.
In particular, Cain identifies seven crises: a moral crisis, an economic crisis, an energy crisis, an immigration crisis, an entitlement spending crisis, a national security crisis and a deficiency of leadership crisis in Washington.
“Now, we have other problems, but those are our seven crises -- and I stopped at seven because it has sort of a Biblical significance. I like Biblical significance," Cain remarked. “Those are the seven biggest crises that we face. But here’s the good news: We can face them, and they aren’t going to face themselves.”
Cain has previously announced an economic plan based on economic growth fuelled by a low-tax regime.
He's expecting a predicable response from the Democrats to that plan.
“I know that the liberals are going to say, ‘All you want to do is give tax breaks to the rich.’ That’s their usual class-warfare rhetoric,” he predicted. “But, you know, when Herman Cain becomes President, I’m going to make a breaking news announcement to all of America: It’s OK to succeed in America.”
No doubt, Cain considers America to be in a very troubled place. Reagan considered America to be troubled when he ran for President. In Cain's talk of hope and redemption one can find traces of Reagan's "morning in America".
Herman Cain has never held political office. He lost a primary election for the Senate in 2004. But even with this being the case, Cain's Republican opponents should not take him lightly. Nor should President Barack Obama, should Cain win the GOP nomination.