Would Mr. 999 Herman Cain maintain a “substantial lead” against President Obama if he were the Republican presidential nominee? He told reporters following a speech he made at the University of South Florida on Thursday that he certainly would be beating the incumbent Democratic leader.
According to a report from the Gainesville Sun
, the former Deputy Federal Reserve Chairman said the primary reason he would be leading in the polls is because he has “some depth to my ideas.” These remarks came after he shrugged off questions regarding Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comment
that has made headlines all week.
The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO’s speech included his successful business background and how to improve the economy, such as “stop talking about the tax code,” focusing on energy and tackling the national debt. He also bashed the mainstream media.
Cain’s oration referred to working with his father, who was a janitor and had three jobs, and then 25 years later becoming a vice-president.
He dismissed speculation that he would seek a cabinet position if Romney were to win the White House. Instead, he said he is focusing on the radio talk show business and possibly looking at various television options.
“If I can’t convert [the media], I’m going to join them,” said Cain.
During the early stages of the GOP primaries, Cain became quite popular with voters. He was the victor in the Florida straw poll
; he was considered a top-tier candidate and became the focus of attacks in the presidential debates
. Cain became well-known for his 9-9-9 plan
that would consist of a nine percent business transactions tax, nine percent income tax and nine percent federal sales tax.
In December, he announced that he was “suspending” his presidential campaign following the allegations of sexual harassment and adultery. He later endorsed
former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.