Herman Cain on Principles & Values


Focus on the Three E's: economy, entitlements, and energy

We don't just have one problem; we have a crisis of the three E's. We've got the economy, entitlement spending, and energy. We've got to simultaneously work on all of those so we can put 13 million to 14 million people back to work. That's what we've got to do. So it's not just a single issue. It is the multiplicity and the compounding effect of those three critical problems.
Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH Jun 13, 2011

American laws in American courts, not Shariah

Q: You recently said you would not appoint a Muslim to your Cabinet, expressing concern that "a lot of Muslims are not totally dedicated to this country."

A: First, the statement was would I be COMFORTABLE with a Muslim in my administration, not that I wouldn't appoint one. I would not be comfortable because you have peaceful Muslims and then you have militant Muslims, those that are trying to kill us. And so, when I said I wouldn't be comfortable, I was thinking about the ones that are trying to kil us. Second, yes, I do not believe in Sharia law in American courts. I believe in American laws in American courts, period.

Q: So, a purity test or a loyalty test? Ask a Muslim a few questions that you wouldn't ask of a Christian or Jew?

CAIN: Sorry. No, you are restating something I did not say, When you interview a person for a job, you are able to get a feeling for how committed that person is to the Constitution, in order for them to work effectively in the administration.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH Jun 13, 2011

Ran for president to make better world for grandkids

It's not about us. I was asked, "What ever gave you the crazy idea to run for President?" It was not something I aspired to do all my life. If you're familiar with my background, in many instances, I was propelled into a position of leadership.

This whole journey for me--and I didn't know it at the time--started for me on Jan. 22, 1999, when my granddaughter Celina was born. I didn't think I was going to make it back to the hospital from an out-of-town trip in time. But as God's will prevailed, I did get there in time. My wife came out and told me we had a granddaughter. We were both thrilled.

I went inside the delivery room, and my 39-year-old daughter said, "Dad, would you like to hold her?" I took this little 15-minute-old baby in my arms and I looked at that little face. The first thought that went through my mind wasn't about "How do I ensure her future?" but "What do I do to help make this a better nation and a better world?" And that's when my journey started in order to be here.

Source: 2011 Faith and Freedom Conference Jun 4, 2011

Pledge's "under God" is a collective reaffirmation

Our Founding Fathers recognized a higher power in the formation of this nation when they said in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and that they are "endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights."

It was no accident that in some of our earlier years as a free and independent nation that our leaders added "In God We Trust" to all of our currency.

And to send a message to the rest of the world when Communism was on the rise in the 1950s, Congress added the words "under God" to our pledge of allegiance. They were not just words. It was a collective reaffirmation that we know the ultimate source of our greatness as a nation.

America's moral foundation does not need to be rewritten. It needs to be respected and taught to our children and grandchildren. It is the basis for our concept of freedom.

Source: Campaign website, www.hermancain.com/ "Issues" May 21, 2011

OpEd: Apologist right out of black conservative playbook

Herman Cain gave a speech right out of the black conservative playbook in New Hampshire. Popular black conservatives perform their designated roles as mascots and apologists for white racism. They are "the good ones": black folks who do not complain or protest, who trust in white benevolence, and never rock the boat. Thus black conservatives fulfill a fantasy role for white conservatives who seek to minimize the role that centuries of discrimination, violent oppression and racism continue to play in contemporary American life.

Cain grabbed headlines in New Hampshire when he made a case for his presidential candidacy in racial terms. "There are some people who will say, `I'm not going to vote for another black guy because this one didn't work out,'" Cain told his audience. "And my response is, well, what about those 43 white guys you put in there? How did they work out? Don't condemn me because the first black one was bad.

Source: Chauncey De Vega, Salon.com, "Apologist for White Racism" Mar 21, 2011

Liberals SIN: Shift the subject; Ignore facts; Name-call

Liberals employ the SIN-tactics. They don't have a strategy; they have an objective. The objective of the liberals is to destroy this country. The objective of the liberals is to make America mediocre like everybody else who aspire to be like America. But let me tell you something about mediocrity: it's not in America's DNA.

They are trying to destroy this country at all costs. They have only three tactics: S-I-N. They shift the subject; they ignore facts; and they name-call.

Source: Speech at 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 11, 2011

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Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
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