Cain makes no apologies at Iowa straw poll
August 13th, 2011
07:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain makes no apologies at Iowa straw poll

(CNN) – Despite being the “greatest nation in the world,” businessman Herman Cain declared that America has become a “nation of crisis” during a speech at the Iowa straw poll Saturday.

“I don’t have to tell you about the problems this nation faces,” he said, “So I’m going to spend the next few minutes talking about how we solve this mess.”

Naming crises of an economic, entitlement spending, energy, immigration, foggy foreign policy, and moral nature, the radio talk show host and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza listed his proposed resolutions.

Cain blamed “uncertainty” for “killing the economy” and vowed to move the “entitlement society” to an “empowerment society.”

When it comes to energy, he said he believes America should “be its own best customer” and regarding illegal immigration, policies should be left to the states to decide.

But the biggest crisis for the candidate, who finished fifth in the contest, was a “severe deficiency of leadership.”

“We are the greatest nation in the world,” Cain declared, “and we don’t have to apologize for it.”


Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Iowa
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. RJWTimes Bradford England

    Herman Cain is the biggest sell out ever. Hope he doesn't win nomination.

    August 13, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Go Herman!!

    August 13, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. MAC

    Cain is correct about this being a nation in crisis, but like he says it is still the Greatest Nation in the World. I traveled the world in the Navy and I would not want to have raised my children and Grand children in any other country. If we do not get our fiscal house in order we are going to become a welfare state like alot of other countries in the world. Myself, I do not want to leave my children and grandchildren a future of being a debtor nation instead of a nation where you can still step up woth hardwork and individual responsability. We do not want to be like Europe where the young are roiting because they think the government owes them a life so they can get drunk, high, and have sex instead of working hard to to make something of themselves.

    August 13, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Go to Michelle Bachman and get advice on praying away your "blackness". The Republicans will tolerate you to gain some sort of illusion of their love of diversity, but don't expect them to vote for you like they would for.... you know... a regular person.

    August 13, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. The Elephant in The Room

    Can we be real. Cain, Santorum, Gingrich, Cotter, Paul have no chance to be the nominee.

    Bachmann, Pawlenty have no chance to be competitve against the President.

    Perry, Romney, Hunstman have no chance to win.

    August 13, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. L4Legend

    Go home Herm, they don't want you.

    August 13, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. PuzzledInPeoria

    Empowerment society?

    Does Godfather's Pizza pay workmen's comp, health care, or pensions for its many part-time employees?

    Somebody should inform Mr. Cain that they're called entitlements because people PAID for them all their working careers. When black Americans were discriminated against and could not get decent jobs with pensions, they at least are getting Social Security now. Want to take that away from them? How about VA benefits? Those are also entitlements.

    Maybe if we had fewer wars, fewer corporate tax loopholes and subsidies, and stopped outsourcing jobs to India and China, Americans WOULD feel empowered again.

    August 13, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. A Real Patriot

    I wanna extra large with pepperoni please :-)....You're done Baby.....

    August 13, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Aaron

    Given his past record on much less than truthful comments, I'd guess that he lied his way through his losing speech. The dude should just come out and admit that everybody needs to eat more pizza. It's what he's good at, and he should be encouraging pizza consumption.

    August 13, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  10. Herbie Walker

    Did he apologize for an ineffective campaign?

    August 13, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Seattle Sue

    Bye Herman Cain, it was not nice knowing you but you will be forgotten in a few weeks.

    August 13, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Oldie in TampaBay

    another one that loves to hear himself talk! Stick with pizza Herman .. u have a better chance ..

    August 13, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Cain doesn't understand, America isn't "Godfathers Pizza", darn fool.

    August 14, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  14. Will

    Cain only had 1problem. HE TRIED TO PUT AN R AFTER HIS NAME, and associate himself with a party that has tooooooooo many racist people.

    August 14, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  15. Limbaugh is a liberal

    So, he says he will talk solutions, and his solutions are?
    To give people certainty in great leadership! And nothing says leadership like saying 'well, let the states decide instead.'
    Seriously, does any of these idiots have a clue?

    August 14, 2011 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  16. Peter E

    "America should be its own best customer”
    America uses about 20 million barrels of oil every single day, about 60% of it imported. In order to replace that 60% with domestic production our entire oil industry would have to be increased by 150%!!! And even then there is no guarantee that we won't have to import, because oil companies have NO obligation to sell that oil to us. You can look it up! American oil companies export some of our domesticly produced oil! They set their prices not based on domestic consumption, but based on international markets, and will sell to the highest bidder.
    And where the heck are we going to get over 10 million barrels more a day? Even Bush Jr.'s own energy analysts said that the much touted ANWR would need over a decade to get up to its peak production of only one million barrels a day, oh, and built on billions of dollars of taxpayer money too! (what, you dare demand oil companies pay for their own expenses?) In that decade America is projected to increase its demand by several times that amount, not to mention the other OPEC states wouldn't blink twice to easily cut production by that single million barrels to keep prices up.
    Oil is a deathtrap. It only makes oil executives richer on the backs of the American taxpayers.

    August 14, 2011 03:34 am at 3:34 am |