Cain added to list of GOP White House hopefuls at New Orleans event
March 29th, 2011
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Cain added to list of GOP White House hopefuls at New Orleans event

Washington (CNN) – Add Herman Cain to the list of probable GOP presidential candidates who will head to New Orleans in June to speak at the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference.

The group announced Tuesday that Cain will join Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at the event, which is scheduled to be held in New Orleans June 16-18.

Cain, a former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and a conservative radio talk show host, formed a presidential exploratory committee at the beginning of the year and is expected to soon formally announce his candidacy for the White House.

"I look forward to returning to New Orleans to address the Republican Leadership Conference," said Cain, in a email release. "Last year, I explained how important it was for Republicans to win back the House during the midterm elections in 2010. And we did. Now, we set our eyes on the U.S. Senate and the White House. Our momentum continues to grow to get this country back on track, and RLC is a critical component in doing so."

The RLC is the same group that put on the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which was also held in New Orleans.

Also scheduled to attend this year's event is Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who ran for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination and is considering another bid for the White House. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who are both extremely influential among conservative activists, are also scheduled to attend the gathering.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Voice of Reason

    Herman "I hate muslims" Cain for president?

    I dont think so.

    You know one of his BIG planks is the so-called 'Fair Tax'? Did you realize that (despite the name), it is far more regressive than anything we have today? That it would RAISE taxes on people making between $30,000 and $200,000, but would actually LOWER taxes on people making more than $200,000?

    Funny, a bigoted, rich, CEO looking out for the welfare of the super-rich... Sound like a good idea to you?

    March 29, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    God, but you GOPers sure waste limited campaign time with your *get to know me* events. It won't be this easy for you come 2012, when all of your Presidential hopefuls will actually have to address ALL of America, not just red America. Having spent months criticizing we who aren't as easily persuaded as your adoring conservative TeaPers are isn't going to get any one of you further than your own biases and bigotry will allow. Having said that, I suspect Herman Cain won't fare any better with GOPers than did Michael Steele. The transparency is just too obvious.

    March 29, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason

    His big comment yesterday was that he wouldnt even consider a muslim in his cabinet. And why not? Because they are all part of a big conspiracy to take over the US and make it another Islamic state...

    Really?! Does he think we're that stupid? So he would have us believe that a religious litmus-test is the way to keep America free? Free from what? Not from religious intolerance, apparently.

    March 29, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Steal the Wealth, Bankrupt America

    You wonder why all these people are considering running if Obama is so strong. Answer, he is NOT strong and is going the way of his mentor, Jimmy Carter.

    March 29, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. mgc florida

    I wouldn't vote for this guy if he was the only candidate. I do not want politicans in my church or their church in my politics!!!

    March 29, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. payback

    .....I'm sorry any, I mean any black person who identifies, with the tea-baggers. Suffers, from the 'stockholm syndrome'. Where they, identify with their oppressor. This man has no clue. When he tries to- out tea-bag, the tea baggers. As a BLACK MAN. cain, will never get my vote. Or any black person. who mixes with these kind of people.......SELL-OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 29, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. once upon a Horse

    although I would NEVER vote for Mr. Cain, it would impress me if the GOP DID give him the nomination to run against President Obama but I know that they won't and sadly the reason is obvious. There is a faction of our nation that still will not accept the fact that we have a black POTUS so I can see no way they would allow two to run against each other leaving no option. I don't care how far right Cain is or how he goes after Obama it's not going to happen, sir. Besides what are people like Rush Limbaugh going to say that claim most blacks only voted for Obama because he was black. You have two blacks running against each other and that far right arguement goes out of the window. And the Tea Party I don't think will support Cain that far either.

    March 29, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Bob Mc

    In Regards to H Cain: the foundation of our sense of freedom, and the core value of all American is Freedom, and #1 s freedom to "Worship", and regardless of Creed, Cain being a Black American should embellish that value before attacking a Religion he apparently does not understand. If Malcom X was here today, he would be ashamed of what Cain stated. The last thing America needs concerning global media is to broadcast people who do not support Constituional Ideas and bash
    a Religion. Sort of why Jesus (Ishya) used the Samaritan as an example of humanity.

    March 29, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Dawn

    I am a huge fan of Herman Cain. I have enjoyed and learned so much listening to him on his radio program and subbing for Neil Boortz. He would be so good for this country. He is the epitome of the patriotic American, a family man, a successful businessman, and an "Intelligent Thinker". I truly admire this man and wish him success in his bid for the Republican nomination. His success would be OUR success.

    March 29, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. ATL Guy

    Well, at least the Republicans are going to be confused at this point. Is it that you guys don't want a black president or a Democratic Black president.

    March 29, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Doc

    So where were all these folks when the levees burst? Complaining about their taxes being too high as the poor people of New Orleans and the rest of the gulf folks had to deal with their lost loved ones and shattered lives. Now they want to go and party there? If you really wanted my vote you would have been holding the former President's feet to the fire for his response to Katrina.

    March 29, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What does the GOP really have to offer? I really wonder if they are living in a dream. Try as they might, the world is not idealistic and not everyone follows the rules. IF they did, then there would be no reason to have environmental regulations or laws about embezzelment among other things.

    March 29, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Until we see tax records, Cain may be better than Trump. The Donald not only 'screwed' Gadhafi, but it appears he screwed Americans as well. by registering his get in a foreign country to avoid taxes.

    March 29, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. dan

    Why in the world sir,would you be a republican? A Black American is in the same Party,that discriminates against minoritys? I,m having a hard time understanding this one? Read between the lines sir?

    March 29, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Lolo

    Mr. Cain you are being used to counter-attack President Obama like Michael Steele was. The GOP/Tea Party does not like people of color. If you win it you will not be the leader of the free world, you can count on it.

    March 29, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Rosslaw

    With Bachman, Paul, Santorum and Gingrich as competition, Cain should easily be considered the brains of the outfit-unless he complements the heroism of the minute men of Lexington and Concord, Louisiana in fighting the British in the revolutionary war.

    March 29, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. sara

    Just another "fake" jumping on the "idiot" bandwagon. There should be a law about millionaires running for president in this country to make money off of it. How "FAKE" and Patriotic is this?

    March 29, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Mike

    If you are going to propose not nominating, electing or choosing someone based upon religion, then you need to include all religious beliefs, not just those of the Muslim faith.

    March 29, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. SgtStriker

    Mr. Cain is absolutely on the right tract, however, his explanation for his reasoning could have been stated in a better way. Islam is not simply a religion, it is a way of life. The Muslim religion dictates everything in the believers life. Politics, religion, Sharia Law, Marriage and family, everything. It is not possible to assimilate into western life and culture while practicing the Muslim faith. Therefor, it is not possible to be a politician, and certainly not a judge, since your faith mandates that decisions be based upon the Quran and Sharia Law as opposed to the Constitution.

    March 29, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |