Cain to Congress: Stop playing with tragedies
September 26th, 2011
08:46 AM ET
7 years ago

Cain to Congress: Stop playing with tragedies

(CNN) – Fresh off a big win at the Florida "Presidency 5" straw poll Saturday, businessman Herman Cain has a message for Congress: Stop playing with people's tragedies.

The GOP White House hopeful upset Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the straw poll of Sunshine State Republican activists, winning with 37 percent of the vote to Perry's 15 percent.

And during an interview Monday on CNN's "American Morning", Cain, who claims people connect with him based on his ability to communicate, said there are some places politics don't belong.

He addressed the current budget showdown over disaster funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers that may result in a federal government shutdown if differences aren't resolved by Sept. 30.

"They want to play politics with human beings," he said. "I would blame both parties.

"There's plenty of money in Washington, D.C. to offset anything that we need to spend on FEMA. I would make sure that FEMA got the money that it needed, and if I have to go find the offsets later, find it later."

And he blasted the behavior of Congress saying, "Stop playing with people's tragedies."

Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and radio talk show host, credited his recent success to "message" being "more powerful than money."

When it comes to the GOP field, Cain separated himself from the pack.

"The thing that differs me from a lot of other people running for the President of the United States is that I focus on the problem first. Then I focus on what the solution is, he said.

"Put politics aside and deal with that while you present the solution. The solution is, fund FEMA. These people are suffering. They should not have to suffer because of the political bickering."

Cain dismissed criticism that the movement from which he's received critical support is responsible for the gridlock, saying, "to blame the tea party group for being the ones that are holding this up, that's just more politics as usual."

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  1. Clwyd

    Sorry, I only blame the republican'ts and their protection of the millionaires and billionaires wealth. No pizza salesman can deliver what Americans need and want. Stop the attacks on the middles class and your 9-9-9 tax still lets the rich keep most of their wealth!

    September 26, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. enough of lies

    obama distractions, look out America, obama wants power, look at the signs, the racist wants to start a war, there will be a false flag event and it will be brought to you by the obama administration, obama will do something to stay in power and rig the elections, believe it it will happen, the racist obama wants a race war, he will do a false flag event before the elections.

    September 26, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Sorry cain, but the number two in the teapublikan cause is tantrum boy cantor. He is the one who keeps blackmailing the country with we give you this if you sell yiur soul to our gods the koch brothers and army.
    This is the same man who asked and received federal money for floods in his district and they just recently hhad an earthquake and the epicenter was right smack in the middle if his district. I wonder what his constituents think of his continues charades with the citizens of the US. Next quake could be stronger and cause more damage so I want tomakensure they don't get any $$$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. Kay

    The GOP is still looking for a candidate they can all get behind. Romney will probably get the nomination, but more because of an atitude of "Well, if we GOTTA pick somebody out of this bunch..." than anything else. He can't beat Obama but his defeat will be less crushing than Perry or Bachmann.

    September 26, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. Louisiana Man

    The GOPers have another token black man in their mist to prove to the world they are not racist or prejudice. This clown is the same one who proclaimed that he is cured of cancer-NOT because he is a multi millionaire and can afford excellent insurance-but because Obama's plan was not in the mix. What a fool you are Mr. Cain. If you had no insurance or under insured-you would not have received the ultra care and hospitality afforded to you.

    September 26, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Harry Reid is Obama's obstructionist in the Senate, to stop the Republicans from passing anything. Obama is directly responsible for how Reid behaves.

    September 26, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. diridi

    Why don't you say to GOP and Tea thugs? They are the ones to be blamed, and playing politics with American People. o.k, Folks, just vote out all these Republican idiots, and Tea Party more forethought...just blindly vote out these Republican animals...o.k, I am voting direct democratic ticket in 2012!!!Obama2012....period.

    September 26, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. hunted

    Go Hermain Cain. He is my candidate for 2012. He can beat Obama.

    September 26, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. stevek

    I like this man. He keeps it simple and I understand what he is saying. It is just common sense.

    September 26, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. GI Joe

    What makes him think he has ANY influence over the HELL NO CAUCUS? If they want to bring our country down to get rid of a half-white President, think what they would do to Cain !

    September 26, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  11. rapierpoint

    I agree with Cain. If we have to find the offsets later, then we do it later. Problem is we don't have to. There are already some offsets that have already been found. We can find the rest later. However, I would have tied the offsets to the regular FEMA funding and not the emergency disaster relief funds.

    September 26, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. Gotta Be Kiddin

    Herman Cain is a tragedy.

    September 26, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. Sandy

    Cain, it's YOUR party playing the politics.

    September 26, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. bigwilliestyles

    The King of Self Delusion hath spoken! Break out the heavy meds,the self-hugging jacket and the extra soft living space.

    September 26, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. Mark Reece

    I have followed this guy for a long time. He is the real deal. He is QUALIFIED.

    And I know one thing...He would read the bills.

    September 26, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Bombastic

    "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy...and this one has ideas that don't originate from teleprompters", Joe Biteme

    September 26, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. AntiFringe

    Herman rises from the heap.

    Hey.......where's Palin. It's about time she second guesses something. And don't forget.....while collecting a nice paycheck from Fox. Enter the race, you coward.

    September 26, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. Marc

    I've watched this cat in several debates now and the more I see and hear of him, the more I like him. To be sure, there are some policies he presents that I will never support but he is the only one on the stage that doesn't seem to pander to any one group or another. He tackles issues head on and doesn't begin each response toa question with....."this is why I crafted legslistation that" or "I'll answer that question but first I want to comment on soemthing another candidate said" thereby dancing around and never answering that question that was asked.

    September 26, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. Ben

    I've listened to his radio show and he makes sense. He is an effective communicator. He has many good ideas. Thank you Mr. Cain for being a breath of fresh air. I will vote for you.

    September 26, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. Kareem

    Cue the rage and racist comments from the far-left. Cain is the real deal a self made man who came from nothing...who has ACTUALLY SIGNED THE FRONT OF A CHECK and had to make payroll, unlike the current resident of the White House who's never run anything in the private sector and doesn't have a clue how to create jobs.
    Cain's mother was a cleaner and his father was a janitor, a barber, and a chauffeur. He was raised in Georgia. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and received a Master of Science degree in computer science from Purdue University in 1971, while he was also working full-time in ballistics for the U.S. Department of the Navy.
    After completing his master's degree from Purdue, Cain left the Department of the Navy and began working for The Coca-Cola Company as a business analyst. In 1977, he joined Pillsbury where he rose to the position of Vice President by the early 1980s. He left his executive post to work for Burger King – a Pillsbury subsidiary at the time – managing 400 stores in the Philadelphia area. Under Cain's leadership, his region went from the least profitable for Burger King to the most profitable in three years. This prompted Pillsbury to appoint him President and CEO of Godfather's Pizza, within 14 months, Cain had returned Godfather's to profitability.

    September 26, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. Fred Friar

    you left off his involvment with the Federal Reserve Bank and his work for the US Navy,

    September 26, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Linda

    Funny how the MSM neglects to mention Herman Cain's Master's degree in economics, Head of the KC Federal Reserve, head of the Restaurant Assoc. as well as having been CEO of Godfather's Pizza when they talk about him. He certainly seems to have all of the squares checked off IMHO..........and is very well qualified to sit in the White House.

    September 26, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. Raph Gentry

    As long as "Rosebud" is not the VP I'm willing to listen to Cain's fresh ideas. What a concept – do what's best for the country. Let's hear more please.

    September 26, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "They want to play politics with human beings," he said. "I would blame both parties."

    I would also blame those who sat out the election of 2010, giving the GOP/TeaPers what they thought was a majority. Hence the gridlock. While I agree with Cain that FEMA should be funded immediately, there is much blame to go around in his little circle of friends, too. I would like to hear from the candidate who will in all likelihood be the next GOP presidential nominee what his feelings are concerning Congress, and what should be done within the GOP to get the ball rolling, but Mitt Romney is apparently too busy responding to Rick Perry to care overmuch what is happening in Congress. Hard to accept, coming from the man who has spent 16 years wanting to hold the position of President, but not able to even discuss how he will get the GOPer/TeaPers to start behaving as adults. They are, after all, representing his party ... not very well, mind you, but there is the crux. A really good leader would be able to work within ALL factions of his party and not be intimidated by the tantrums before he can even begin to address working with ALL of Congress.

    September 26, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Kenny K

    Good luck, Mr. Cain. Don't bite the hands the feed you; you know what happened to Mr. Steele when he tried that.

    September 26, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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