(CNN) - Sarah Palin called Herman Cain the “flavor of the week” when he won a closely-watched straw poll in Florida, but the former Godfather's Pizza executive said Friday his particular flavor has substance.
“I happen to believe there’s iced milk, and then there’s Haagan-Daas Black Walnut,” Cain said on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". “Substance, that’s the difference. I got the substance. I’m the Black Walnut. It lasts longer than a week.”
Cain also forgave the former Alaska governor for mistakenly calling him “Herb Cain.”
“I’m going to forgive her, doesn’t know that only my enemies call me Herb,” Cain said. “I’m going to forgive her this time.”
Cain also said he didn’t think Palin would make a late entrance into the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, saying he thought she was a great voice for conservatives but that she probably wouldn’t end up running.
On Chris Christie, Cain encouraged the New Jersey governor to follow his heart before jumping into the race.
“Don’t do it because of the media hype,” Cain said. “If you don’t do it for your own reasons, from the bottom of your heart, don’t do it.”
When Jay Leno asked Cain to say one word about each of his fellow candidates, he said Texas Gov. Rick Perry was a “good governor,” but that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney only had “good hair.”
As for former Utah governor Jon Huntsman?
“He wears ties like Mr. Cain!”
Cain used much of his appearance describing his 9-9-9 economic plan, including the provision that items like used cars wouldn’t be taxed.
“That would be fabulous for me,” exclaimed Leno, who famously owns a collection of classic cars.