Herman Cain

Herman Cain

Cain doesn't hail from a traditional political background. In fact, aside from his unsuccessful 2004 bid for Senate and his role as an economic adviser to the 1996 Dole/Kemp presidential campaign and the 2004 Steve Forbes "flat tax" presidential campaign, Cain has spent most of his career in business, much of it heading a pizza company.

Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and talk-radio host, entered the 2012 presidential race in May 2011, pushing an agenda of large spending cuts and reduced taxes.

"We have a spending problem," Cain told Fox News. "If the Republicans cave—and I hope that they don't—and go along with any kind of tax increase, we will see that double dip recession."

The Atlanta native is politically green, but Cain has an extensive background in business. He started as a computer systems analyst for the Coca-Cola Company, then joined the Pillsbury Company in 1977, where he worked in a series of top positions. He became the CEO of Godfather's Pizza in 1988.

His experience in the food industry led him to be named the president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, where Cain lobbied for small business owners.

In 1994, Cain spoke with Clinton during a nationally televised town hall meeting and challenged the president's health care overhaul proposal in front of millions of viewers. Newsweek named Cain as one of the primary saboteurs of the plan.

Cain also served as deputy chairman and later as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In this role, the businessman analyzed economic conditions of the region and advised the Federal Reserve on how to best respond.

At the beginning of the 2012 presidential race Cain's name recognition was low, but the lone African-American candidate in the Republican field refused to be counted out. Even though he was not from the traditional Republican circle, the long-shot candidate initially received the highest positive rating of all GOP contenders, according to Gallup polls.

"You have to earn positive intensity," Cain said on Fox News. "You have to earn inspiration. I can buy name ID later down the road."

Key Campaign Moments for Cain

Cain on Issues

Cain Coverage

  • Obamacare . . . asks the American people to do something that they cannot afford to do.

    CNNJune 7, 2011
  • We have got to do something about restructuring entitlement programs. We can’t just keep shuffling them around

    CNNJune 7, 2011
  • We cannot appoint ourselves as policemen to the world.

    CNNJune 7, 2011
  • We must expand our domestic energy resources by loosening government’s grip responsibly.

    Fox NewsMay 5, 2011
  • I support totally replacing the current code with the fair tax.

    Fox News InsiderApril 28, 2011

Herman Cain denies sexual harassment allegations, but can his campaign recover?

Herman Cain denies sexual harassment allegations, but can his campaign recover?

Herman Cain and his campaign were on the defensive Monday after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced over the weekend.

Cain accuser says she acted alone

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Cain sets off circular GOP firing squad

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Herman Cain’s ‘Clintonian’ ways

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