(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."