Why Herman Cain is no Georgia Bulldog

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain visits the state Senate on the final day of the Legislature's special session. Vino Wong, vwong@ajc.com

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain visits the state Senate on the final day of the Legislature's special session. Vino Wong, vwong@ajc.com

Stepping off a plane from Israel at 5:30 a.m., a jet-lagged Herman Cain swung through the state Capitol today, announcing himself to lawmakers in the House and Senate this way:

“My name is HermanCain.com, and I’m running for president.”

Introduced at a following press conference by freshman state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, the GOP candidate promised to be a true friend of Israel, decried the “foggy foreign policy” of President Barack Obama, pitched his 9-9-9 tax reform plan as a precursor to the Fair Tax, and picked up endorsements from two more state legislators.

They were state Reps. Rusty Kidd, an independent from Milledgeville, and Billy Maddox, R-Zebulon.

Cain expressed resentment at attempts to place him in a second tier of candidates in a Republican field now dominated by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota; and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“Some in the media are trying to narrow this down to three candidates. It is disconcerting, yes,” Cain said. “What I would hope is that it will not discourage people from looking at myself and other candidates.”

The candidate said he had no fear of the field growing even wider. “Cain supporters don’t defect. So I’m not worried about another politician getting into the race,” he said.

A CNN reporter also asked Cain about recent comments by U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., who said that some members of Congress affiliated with the tea party consider African-Americans to be “second-class citizens” and wouldn’t mind seeing them “hanging from a tree.”

Cain’s response was sharp.

“Those remarks are disgraceful. Those remarks are a distraction. Those kinds of remarks are intended to discourage citizens from speaking their voice through the tea party movement,” Cain said. “If there were racism in the tea party movement, I would be one of the first people to recognize it. I grew up in Georgia before the Civil Rights movement, during the Civil Rights movement, after the Civil Rights movement.

“I would know racism if I saw it. I have not seen it, nor have I experienced it in the tea party movement,” Cain said.

The topic of race and the tea party wasn’t new. But Cain’s answer reminded me that, only a few minutes before, the 65-year-old presidential candidate had been introduced to the House by Speaker David Ralston, who noted Cain’s status as a Georgia native.

Cain graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 with a degree in mathematics. Then he left the state for Purdue University and a masters degree in computer science.

In the state Capitol, the omission in the resume screams out. “Did you ever apply to the University of Georgia for admission?” I asked Cain after the press conference.

“I did,” the presidential candidate said. “And Georgia Tech, too.” The year was 1963. He was rejected by both institutions, even though he’d graduated second in his class at Archer High School in Atlanta.

Only two years earlier, the University of Georgia had admitted its first black students, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes. “They still had a quota system, and were keeping admission tight. I didn’t make the cut,” he said.

But his daughter graduated from the University of Georgia in 1994, Cain said. “What makes this nation great is its ability to change,” he said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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125 comments Add your comment

findog

August 31st, 2011
1:27 pm

too bad for GT and UGA
could have been GT’s second president

football guy

August 31st, 2011
1:30 pm

Enter your comments here

Retired Solider

August 31st, 2011
1:31 pm

findog-

Guess I ought to know this, who was the first?

football guy

August 31st, 2011
1:31 pm

So Herman Cain is an outstanding individual!

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Keith

August 31st, 2011
1:32 pm

Yeah that first one worked out really well didn’t it? NOT

GT Alum

August 31st, 2011
1:36 pm

Carter never graduated GT, just attended. Still considered an alum.
The title of this article alone is almost worth my vote.

commonsense

August 31st, 2011
1:37 pm

Hermain Cain is the perfect example of an uncle tom. He hasn’t seen racisim yet he was rejected from GA and GA Tech because of racial quotas. I guess affermative action had nothing to do with him getting in to purdue either. Go back to running pizza joints. The black community will never support you, and the white community thinks yu are a joke!

Clinton "Skeek" Tyree

August 31st, 2011
1:38 pm

I really don’t think it’s the media that’s placing Mr. Cain in the second tier of candidates, they are merely reporting what the polls say and the polls are a direct reflection of real, live, human beings who were asked to choose their candidate.

I’m sure Mr. Cain is a fine, decent human being, but I don’t see him making it to first base.

atlmom

August 31st, 2011
1:41 pm

wow, commonsense: so you are saying nothing has changed in almost 50 years. wow.
Clinton tyree: it’s the same thing as what CNN is doing to gary johnson. He’s not in the debates, or being asked about in polls. SO the media is saying he is irrelevant. But if they reported on him, people would know who he is, and then he’d get more support.
chicken/egg.

DW

August 31st, 2011
1:43 pm

Herman Cain is more interested in furthering his personal career than running for President. How else does one explain Mr. Cain’s going from “I need to place in the top 3 in Iowa” to “I know I’m not gonna finish dead last” while not actively campaigning in the state until the last minute? Mr. Cain has no viable path to the GOP nomination.

Clinton "Skeek" Tyree

August 31st, 2011
1:45 pm

@GT Alum — After graduating from high school, Carter enrolled in Ga Southwestern College and applied for Annapolis. He was accepted but had to take additional math couses before he could begin at the Naval Academy. Those math courses were taken at GaTech.

Don’t see how he could be considered a Tech grad when he only took a few math courses there.

Centrist

August 31st, 2011
1:48 pm

Michele Bachmann is also a second tier candidate – the ONLY reason she is getting any attention is that she is from Iowa where they have the first straw poll and Caucus. She drops out of sight after the first real primary.

Democrats (hence the media) consistently try to paint the Tea Party as right wing and racist – it is not working except among the partisan left which rightfully fears this smaller government populist political movement.

Raquel Morris

August 31st, 2011
1:51 pm

Jim, I have a hard time understanding how there could be an “omission” in Cain’s resume. He attended one of the finest institutions of higher learning in Georgia – Morehouse College. There’s nothing that UGA or Tech could have added to his Morehouse education.

Clinton "Skeek" Tyree

August 31st, 2011
1:52 pm

@atlmom —

Heck, I read five or six newpapers a day, everything from the AJC, Miami Herald, New York Post, Daily News and Times, and the Christian Science Monitor etc. etc. to name a few and I’ve never heard of Gary Johnson.

I would think it’s the task of the Johnson Campaign to at least make a ripple in the pond — heck, what has he done to report?

Of course, I understand your chicken and the egg analogy, but can’t imagine a guy running for the top office in the land when he has done nothing to merit name recognition or deeds worthy of reporting. .

liberalefty

August 31st, 2011
1:54 pm

liberalefty

August 31st, 2011
1:57 pm

in CAINS efforts to appeal to racist christians, he has to become racist himself, which is why he made the bigoted pledge that no MUSLIMS will be allowed in his administration. Still no matter how far right CAINS policies are, the white christian racists who claim they will vote for him won’t. HES BLACK!!!!!

CalvinCool

August 31st, 2011
1:58 pm

@ DW – Herman Cain has no desire to further his career, he’s a multi millionare that worked his way to the top with hard work and determination and has achieved more in his life than any of the other career politicians he’s running against. He’s running to restore the Republic and preserve freedom for his grandchildren and future generations. Also, you are mistaken. He has visited Iowa over 22 times, spoken at over 50 Tea Party events, and even went on a bus tour leading up to Ames. This man works his ass off. The 5th place finish is amazing considering how much the establishment media ignores this man, had people vote at Ames AFTER hearing his speech, spent $0 on advertising and only bused in 4 groups, has zero campaign debt, and half the name ID of other candidates. Cain’s path to the nomination involves politicians with hypocritical records self destructing, while positively intense supporters (leading on Gallup with an intensity score of 27 for the 13th week in a row) promote him from the ground up through word of mouth. How about listening to his ideas, his brilliant economic recovery plan, consider his impressive back story/resume, and give him a chance instead of supporting whoever the establishment media tells you to? Also, polls this far out are still largely irrelevant, very likely manipulated, and I wouldn’t be surprised if status quo left leaning or Republican establishment owned pollsters are undersampling and throwing out Cain supporters to make it look like he’s a second tier candidate (while oversampling Romney and Perry supporters). I’ll trust the latest Zogby poll that put him at 18% support and rising, thank you very much.

Bad Habit

August 31st, 2011
1:59 pm

commonsense, you are a joke. The reference to not seeing racism was the Tea Party.

CalvinCool

August 31st, 2011
2:01 pm

How about you people stop being haters, support the best candidate running, and stop the media from manipulating you into voting for their hand picked establishment candidate? Aren’t you people tired of special interest owned sell out phony politicians that put what’s best for their party before country? You all know the definition of insanity. Well it’s insane to think we are going to solve all the problems created in this country by career politicians by nominating and electing another career politician.

honested

August 31st, 2011
2:02 pm

The headline is too complicated….

It should have been ‘Why Herman Cain is Just a Misguided Windbag’.

Most folks would get it.

LW

August 31st, 2011
2:04 pm

@commonsense You miss read the article. Herman Cain did not say he hasn’t experienced racism, but the contrary. He says he hasn’t experience racism in the Teaparty. The Teaparty had nothing to with his not getting into Georgia since it didn’t even exist then.

Many people like Herman Cain (Herman Cain had led in positive intensity in Gallup for many weeks), but are afraid to fully support him because they are listening to the media and people who think they “know it all”. It is time for people who care to support the candidate who will make the best president and support them.

Bonifa

August 31st, 2011
2:07 pm

“Cain expressed resentment at attempts to place him in a second tier of candidates in a Republican field now dominated by…”

Attempts? Herman IS in the second tier. Is he saying that he is actually a front runner and that we’re only imagining that he’s back in the pack? Herman is a good guy but once he starts asking us to suspend reality then he’s done.

honested

August 31st, 2011
2:07 pm

centrist,

You continue to show no grasp of reality.

Virtually no Democrats (left,right or center) voted for any teapotty candidate in 2010. Any who did are so nauseated at their mistake they would never do so again.
The tea potty is an ‘r’ problem as more of the voting population realizes as far as intelligent solutions to governance, the tp has ‘got nothin’.
The real fact is the constant drumbeat pretending there is much to be gained by returning to abjectly failed policies (see shrub) IS NOT WORKING. So all they do is turn up the volume.
Now that clear majorities of both parties have come to accept INCREASES IN REVENUE are necessary to ever return to solvency, the tp’s 15 minutes is up.

And it is certainly about time.

Anon

August 31st, 2011
2:08 pm

Honested, sounds like you are the misguided windbag. How about showing a Purdue mathematics/physics major, rocket scientist for the Navy, successful CEO/business analyst, late stage colon and liver cancer survivor, gospel singer, preacher, columnist, and talk radio show host a little more respect? What have you achieved in your life? Staying up to play X Box? Loser. I’m sick of politicians. As far as I’m concerned, Cain is THE ONLY choice for 2012. Hermanator 2012!

Dear Old Morehouse

August 31st, 2011
2:10 pm

I wonder if Cain will be attending Morehouse’s homecoming to campaign.

To Old Morehouse, and her ideals
and in all things that we do!

honested

August 31st, 2011
2:12 pm

anon,

You vote for cain.

That will bring the total to 10.
Then herman can go back to preaching to those with nothing better to do than listen to talk radio, AT NIGHT.

Centrist

August 31st, 2011
2:13 pm

honested – you are simply rude, and like to call names. I’m no longer responding to your posts. There are a few others here that have similar M.O.’s – not worth acknowledging anymore.

honested

August 31st, 2011
2:14 pm

centrist,

Good for you.

But you still cannot identify the fact that the tp failure is a republican failure.
Democrats want nothing to do with that nonsense.

Centrist

August 31st, 2011
2:21 pm

The success of the Tea Party was illustrated by those swept into the House of Representatives in the last election. Their common sense principals of reducing excess taxes, spending, government, and debt have captured the imagination of grassroots voters. The left can only resort to repeating lies about this movement in an attempt to distort their attraction.

CalvinCool

August 31st, 2011
2:24 pm

Yea honested, you’re an a-hole. Last time I checked Cain still has more FB followers and a higher intensity score than the supposed front runner, Slick Rick Fraud Perry. And even with name recognition at 75% to Cain’s 50%, he somehow has 29% national support to Cain’s 4%. Those stats don’t add up, don’t make sense. That’s bs, and I’m calling out Gallup for manipulating polls to make Herman look weak. I also happen to know that for his polls, Rasmussen doesn’t even offer Cain as a choice. Listening to polls and special interest owned media to decide who you support is SO pre-2008, and you’ll be shocked how much support Cain has and continues to develop.

Missy

August 31st, 2011
2:25 pm

Ole Herman has never ever been elected to any office and he wants to be President? Someone explain that to me please. And by the way, WSB radio is looking foolish for so blatantly supporting this windbag.

Reel

August 31st, 2011
2:28 pm

You must be approved by Israel…..the litmus test for all presidential aspirants.

honested

August 31st, 2011
2:28 pm

calvin and centrist,

You guys make quite an echo chamber.

I hope November 2012 does not let you down too hard, because reality is obviously not your strong suit.

honested

August 31st, 2011
2:29 pm

missy,

Careful, apparently ‘windbag’ hits a sore spot.

CalvinCool

August 31st, 2011
2:30 pm

Windbag? Have you ever been a rocket scientist or led an organization with millions of employees? Yea, didn’t think so. Why should be elect someone who has held office? The people who have held office have DESTROYED this country. We prefer someone who has had executive experience OUTSIDE of the political establishment. People in this country are so disgusted with politicians and politics as usual, we are fully prepared to elected a true outsider who is one of us, We The People, to go DC and break up the status quo. There’s your explanation. Are you too dense to get it?

Missy

August 31st, 2011
2:31 pm

CalvinCool-why bless your heart. Touch a nerve did I?

honested

August 31st, 2011
2:31 pm

calvin,

Since when did it take ‘millions of employees’ to make cardboard pizza?
Maybe that’s why every outlet of the aforementioned outfit in Metro Atlanta closed at least a decade ago.

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Anon

August 31st, 2011
2:33 pm

@ honested – The political and media elite (that you are very obviously in the tank for) still don’t seem to get that We The People will be deciding this election, not the media. Their stranglehold on the flow of information and political system is coming to an end thanks to internet, YouTube, and Facebook. Can’t wait to point you jerks to the exit come 2012 after Cain, after building his campaign slowly but surely, gets elected.

CalvinCool

August 31st, 2011
2:35 pm

I was actually talking about the National Restaurant Association, the largest organization (with millions of employees) in the 90’s that he led to prominence, aside from his executive experience with Burger King, Godfathers, and as a business analyst for Coke. But of course you don’t do any research.

td

August 31st, 2011
2:36 pm

honested

August 31st, 2011
2:14 pm
centrist,

“But you still cannot identify the fact that the tp failure is a republican failure.
Democrats want nothing to do with that nonsense”

You are wrong my friend. There are a great deal of today’s Tea party member that use to be called “Blue Dog Democrats”. These people are physically conservative and socially liberal so they did not fit with either party.

liberalefty

August 31st, 2011
2:37 pm

if OBAMA was white their would be no PEE PARTY.

liberalefty

August 31st, 2011
2:38 pm

@calvincool

so what he ran a business, so did BUSH! and he has no chance at being nominated in the conservative republican party.

CalvinCool

August 31st, 2011
2:38 pm

And let’s not forget that Godfather’s is the 5th largest pizza chain in the US thanks to Cain. Just because you don’t like their pizza doesn’t mean its not an absolute success story. Plus, franchises can close all the time due to poor lower level management, but considering your grasp of facts, I doubt what youre saying is even true.

Centrist

August 31st, 2011
2:41 pm

The 2012 election is way too far off to predict for control of the White House and Senate – they are thought to be current toss-ups by most pundits (more Democrats up for re-election than Republicans). The House is almost certainly going to remain in Republican Party hands, thanks to the Tea Party members who often chastise Republicans over “earmark” spending.

liberalefty

August 31st, 2011
2:42 pm

@calvin

big deal, GODFATHERS is the 5th largest pizza chain! and i’m sure CAIN wont be nominated no matter how many times u tout the sucess of godfathers.lol

Willprayforyou

August 31st, 2011
2:42 pm

Liberal Lefty – you need some serious help. You yourself at a very minimum have all but proven to be a bigot with your comments. “Christian White Folk” must all be racist huh.

Shame on you… I’m Christian. I’m white. And likely have more friends of color than you do. True friends. And yes my friend – even if you happen to be black.

Bitter/angry and one who lacks the the interest or ability to really understand other’s do not have that many true friends.

In short. I feel sorry for you.

CalvinCool

August 31st, 2011
2:42 pm

@ Liberal lefty – He’s run several businesses and organizations, had success against all odds at virtually everything he’s applied himself to in life, and is conservative with a capital “C” on absolutely every issue. The only reason he wouldn’t get the nomination is because there’s still too many mushy brained idiots out there that let Republican establishment tools like Rush Limbaugh and Fraud News decide who they vote for. I think enough of us are sick of that though, and quite a few of us have woken up.

liberalefty

August 31st, 2011
2:43 pm

i wonder if CAIN wanted the federal government to step in to stop UGA and GT from discriminating against blacks? nah hes a PEE PARTIER

honested

August 31st, 2011
2:46 pm

I get it now.

Cain will win because of magic!

That is the only chance he and the tea potty have of holding sway.

But follow the shrub doctrine ‘In the face of overwhelming evidence, never admit an error or make a course correction’.