(CNN) - Herman Cain's campaign has hundreds of thousands dollars in cash on-hand, the former Godfather's Pizza executive told CNN's Erin Burnett on Thursday.
“For the quarter, we will report, first of all, no debt," Cain said. "You see, I run this very tight, like a startup business, because that's my nature as a businessman."
Cain’s campaign had seen a boost in fundraising after increased media attention and rising poll numbers, he said. Cain's rise began in September, when he won a closely watched straw poll in Florida.
“It demonstrates that the voice of the people is more important than the voice of the media, with all due respect,” he told CNN.
Cain predicted his campaign would report “several hundred thousand dollars in cash on-hand” at the end of the quarter. "Within the last week or so, our fundraising has really picked up a lot, because of the response of the public."
By comparison, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign has $15 million in cash on-hand, according to its third-quarter fundraising report.
Cain has not said how much he raised during the third quarter. Candidates have till October 15 to file that information with the Federal Election Commission.
Perry raised $17 million in the third quarter, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to announce a haul of $11 million to $13 million. Texas Rep. Ron Paul reported raising $8 million.
“I have not spent, nor have I been able to raise, the kind of money that my major competitors have,” Cain said. “But yet, we’ve been competitive, because of the strength of my message and the specificity of the solutions that I’ve put on the table.”
Cain, who is black, said he would not mandate affirmative action programs as president. “I know that corporations are already voluntarily making sure that they fill the pipeline with people from all ethnic groups, because the smart companies that have been successful, they know that getting the best talent, irrespective of their ethnicity or color, is how they succeed.”
Cain pulled no punches when assigning responsibility for the alleged plot by Iran to assassinate a Saudi Arabian ambassador in the United States.
“I happen to believe that this attempted assassination that Iran has its fingerprints all over, based upon the reports we’ve seen, was because this president is perceived as weak,” he said.
Cain called for the missile defense system to be beefed up so that ballistic missiles could be detected upon launch. “That gives us more time to be able to detect and destroy them, if they fire at our friends like Israel and if they fire at the United States of America.”
The full interview was to air at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."