imageI was unexpectedly given the opportunity to meet with Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, conservative radio show host, an associate pastor at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, and now a prospective GOP presidential candidate in 2012.  Cain is one of the first, if not the first, to launch a presidential exploratory committee.  I was able to have a sit down with him in his hotel room in downtown Des Moines.  He had come to Iowa for various meetings.  I stopped by before he was scheduled to be on the radio with Steve Deace on WHO Radio, and he was in process of setting up for his own radio show that evening.

I found Mr. Cain to be incredibly personable and easygoing.  He was genuinely interested in my background and interests.  We spent an hour together, and he was ok with our conversation being on the record.  I started recording about 20 minutes after arriving.

He is branding himself as the common sense candidate, and wants to bring common sense solutions to the problems our country faces.  He says that he will truly be the people’s president where he will “identify the right problems, set right priorities and sign only legislation people will understand.”  He is still an advocate of the Fair Tax, but also likes the flat tax.  He said his third preference is having no tax (I won’t hold my breath on any president delivering that).  He is a federalist.  On education I agree with his desire to phase out most of the federal government’s role in education.  On other issues regarding marriage and abortion I disagree that those are just state issues. 

I do appreciate his honesty even in these two areas where we disagree on approach, not conviction.  He is unashamedly pro-traditional marriage.  While he doesn’t favor a federal marriage amendment he believes Iowa should be given a vote and applauded Iowans for sending the three justices up for retention packing.  He also believes life begins at conception and said that he would never sign a pro-abortion bill into law.  He believes that our rights come from God, and would appoint conservatives to the bench.

He also would initially plan a 10 % spending cut across the board and then evaluate different federal agencies and programs.  We also briefly discussed Afghanistan, states rights & nullification, immigration policy, his controversial remarks that “the fed is over-audited,” his strategy to raise the funds he’ll need and increase and to increase his name ID.

This certainly wasn’t an exhaustive interview, and felt like I was just scratching the surface on a man that most Iowans and Americans know little about.  A couple of questions that I wished I had asked, and will hopefully be given the opportunity to do so – I’d like to know his position on judicial review he mentioned in our discussion of  of federal involvement in California’s constitutional amendment defending the traditional definition of marriage, that we’d have to rely on the Supreme Court.  That it will be a long process.  Also since he believe our rights come from God – does government have the ability to create new rights (like with changing the definition of marriage)?  Also, since the right to life is inalienable and is part of our country’s organic law (the Declaration of Independence) doesn’t that make it a federal issue?

Hindsight is always 20/20.  Anyway, the full recording of our conversation is below.  Please listen to it so you can come to your own opinion about him as a potential candidate.  Also I would encourage you to check out his website to learn more.

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  1. I like Herman Cain, he is an intelligent sensible non-politician. He is also a man who took a failing business (Godfathers Pizza) and made it a strong success. He is not, in my opinion, a fanatic and has good ideas. He is also Constitutionally sound and Patriot. He is a rare thing these days, a humble man.

  2. Now you have every billy bob, Peaches, Jo Jo and Shanaenae thinking they can be president. Oh he speaks so well, so he must be good for us. People we need to really think about who we are putting in office. This guy is former everything, Pillsbury, he sold and many longterm workers were laid off right after that, and burger king, they have a king as the mascot dressed in a dress in drag and still is not as popular as they were in the 80’s. Oh and his revamp of the law to have 16 year olds work past 7:00, was not thinking about the kid studing for school but making money for the fast food industry, and they will not pass their exams because they worked late and this way they can keep the 16 year olds working for fast food and never getting a good education. This was a sweet deal for the restaurant industry. Do not be fooled America he’s for big business, not America.

    1. You Said..”This guy is former everything,”… That is your problem with him? How many “former” jobs have you had in your life?? Have you ever had a job? This is what we call motovation. Moving up the corporate ladder, not being content with a dead-end job and knowing one can always do better. That’s a prob?????
      I suppose It would be for the lazy and unispired.

      And as for Pillsbury, I am not aware of the sale you cite,. Mr. Cain was a VP at Pillsbury in 1977 (not to mention the youngest EVER in the Corporation) Mr. Cain RESIGNED his position as VP at the Corporate offices to enable him to move into other areas of the Pillsbury Corp.
      (??Query…How could Mr. cain do that if he had sold the Company??,..just sayin

      You Said..”and burger king, they have a king as the mascot dressed in a dress in drag and still is not as popular as they were in the 80’s.”

      What in the world does the ICON of “THE Burger King” have to do with ANYTHING in this context, OR with Mr. Cain at all??… and the comment about “THE Burger King” wearing a “Dress in Drag” is just plain childish and immature from my perspective, not to mention Just plain incorrect. The costume is a Midevial outfit, complete with lower garments (Short pants and leggings, as I am sure you are aware.)

      Back to the point, In 1982 Mr. Cain resigned his VP position and, he began to learn the Burger industry from the Ground up, LITERALLY, cleaning floors taking out trash and scrubbing toilets, just like everyone else…(remember this was a VP “former” of a Mulitmillion dollar Corp)…Burger King being a subsidiary of PILLSBURY Corp. Eventually (about 3 yrs) Mr. Cain was named V.P. and G.M. for the Philadelphia region of the Burger King Corporation where he managed 400 locations and under his leadership went from being the worst performing chain in the Country to the Best.. Mr. Cains job was to save and turn the struggling Burger Franchise… which he did very well.
      Mr. Cain left the Burger King Company in 1986 to pursue a job with Godfathers Pizza and he became the first black president of the National Restaurant Association, the food service industry’s leading trade organization.
      Mr. Cain did this at the prompting of the Pillsbury Corp. Mr. Cains success with Burger King prompted Pillsbury to select Mr. Cain to assume the presidency of another of its struggling companies, Godfather’s Pizza. Mr. Cain never gave up on Godfathers Pizza and in just 18 months, Mr. Cain turned around a Franchise that Pillsbury Corp was going to walk away from. In
      1988 Mr. Cain Bought the franchise Godfathers Pizza form Pillsbury was president and C.E.O. of the Company The company today still thrives.

      You Said…”Oh and his revamp of the law to have 16 year olds work past 7:00, was not thinking about the kid studing for school but making money for the fast food industry, and they will not pass their exams because they worked late and this way they can keep the 16 year olds working for fast food and never getting a good education…”

      In 1994, after Mr. Cain was elected president of the National Restaurant Association, he proposed several reforms affecting the restaurant business, and yes, ONE such reform was allowing 16 yr olds to work past
      7 o’clock pm. The detail you forgot to mention was that the reform ONLY allowed the 16 yr olds to work past 7 o’clock pm ON FRIDAY NIGHTS and ONLY on friday nights.
      Can you tell me how many 16 yr olds study on a friday night anywhere or need to, or even will???

      Mr. Cains contributions to society and Awards he has recieved include but are not limited to:
      Honorary Doctorate, Morehouse College, 1988; Top 25 Black Executives, Black Enterprise, 1988; Honorary Doctorate, Tougaloo College, 1989; Honorary Doctorate, University of Nebraska, 1990; Entrepreneur of the Year, 1990; Operator of the Year/Gold Plate Award, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, 1991; Honorary Doctorates, Johnson and Wales University and New York City Technical College; recipient of humanitarian awards, businessman of the year awards, special recognition awards, and excellence in leadership awards.

      Please try to include all details if you are going to point out his flaws in your eyes, because Mr. Cain unlike Barrack Obama, is Not hiding anything. No sealed records that I am aware of, and anyone can find out exactly the same details I just pointed out. This really is a small world afterall.

      Rick In Oklahoma

  3. Sorry, candidates who believe marriage and life should be left up to the states score a fat zero, especially the LIFE issue. So, an unborn baby has rights in one state but if the mother crosses the line to another state those rights are stripped away? This is interesting coming from Cain. Does he also think the issue of slavery should have been left up to the states? I certainly see the two issues comparable. One life does not have more worth in one state and not another.

      1. Yes, I realize that. I was just wondering if he thought slavery should have been left up to the states and not a Federal issue because he has that view on another human rights issue…..life.

      2. Don’t know, I would doubt it. I disagree on how he’s applying federalism to the life issue as well. His campaign manager, Dan Tripp, emailed me yesterday:

        ” Fair article, I thought. I think he’s probably stronger on the life and marriage issue than a strict federalist view that he articulated when you met him.”

        We’ll see if he can further clarify his position as time goes on.

      3. Don’t know, I would doubt it. I disagree on how he’s applying federalism to the life issue as well. His campaign manager, Dan Tripp, emailed me yesterday:

        ” Fair article, I thought. I think he’s probably stronger on the life and marriage issue than a strict federalist view that he articulated when you met him.”

        We’ll see if he can further clarify his position as time goes on.

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