Cain journey part of 'God's plan'
December 2nd, 2011
04:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain journey part of 'God's plan'

Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) - Businessman Herman Cain made one campaign stop in South Carolina before returning to Atlanta to meet with his wife and family after a wave of allegations have threatened his presidential campaign.

Political activist Jamie Harrison tried to rally the audience before Cain walked out. "So what do you want him to do? Run, run, run?"

The crowd yelled, "Run, run, run!"

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Cain appeared to be in good spirits as he delivered his stump speech. He told about 200 people gathered that his journey is part of God's plan.

"There is God's plan but you see, God doesn't tell you his plan for you until he believes you are ready for those parts of the plan. So I believe that I'm on this journey, I'm on this journey for a reason and I don't look back," said Cain.

After he acknowledged "some challenges," Cain said he will address the future of his presidential campaign Saturday at the scheduled opening of his new Georgia campaign headquarters. He said the announcement will "clarify …exactly what the next steps are" for the campaign.

"I am reassessing because of all of this media firestorm stuff. Why? Because my wife and family comes first, I got to take that into consideration," said Cain. "I don't doubt the support that I have, just look at the people that are here. We have to look at what happens to contributions and we got to reevaluate the whole strategy."

Cain urged his supporters to stay informed. "Because there's a lot of garbage out there on the internet. There's a lot of garbage out there on TV. There's a lot of garbage out there about me, don't you know," he said as the crowd cheered. "There's a lot of misinformation out there so you have to stay informed and check out the facts for yourself."

After the town hall, people walked up to Cain and said, "Don't give up on us" and "Don't quit Herman!"

As he was getting into his SUV two men shouted, "Herman, America needs you. Don't stop" and "Think of our grandchildren this weekend."

This was the candidate's third visit to Rock Hill. Cain has four paid staffers in South Carolina with its headquarters in Columbia. South Carolina Director William Head said they are in the process of opening three field offices in Aiken, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach.

Head said, "Obviously the campaign moves full steam ahead."

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • South Carolina
soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. joe

    Tomorrow Cain's going to show us he can walk on water....by stepping into a cess pool.

    December 2, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Oldie in TampaBay

    Sir, you are seriously delusional! There is NO way I can see God having ANY part of the journey you purport yourself to be on.

    December 2, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. DCE

    I think God wanted him to run so that these allegations would come out, he would have to confront the truth and repent. There may have been no other way. God wants his poor soul to repent!

    December 2, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Pat in IL

    His values, both his actions and the manner in which he speaks (defensiveness and no accountability) do not show me that he is a genuine Christian.

    December 2, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. kevin

    he was show ms white on of his 9's in the 999 plan

    December 2, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Paul

    Man, the circus gets more and more astonishingly ridiculous. So much there – it would fill Balzac's 30 volumes. Will simply recount that it was also "God's Plan," as Palin's literal witch-hunting pastor from Kenya (uh, the guy drives old women from villages suspected of "witchcraft") declared, after "laying on his hands" to Sarah Payme, that she won the governorship – that it was his good standing with God, he prayed for her, and she won by Divine Intervention. 'Course, she bailed on that plan halfway through, but let's not quibble.

    How can God have so many people for the same position – isn't Perry also God's appointed?

    The GOP is a clown show, anymore. Nothing more.

    December 2, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. James Rendina

    Not only should he bow out of the political race .... if he has ounce of decency he will also denounce his ordained ministry status. But he will probably do neither.

    December 2, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Pat

    Doesn't it seem unbelievable that he surrounded himself by so many women in financial distress and he was always "helping them"? Men do that to create OBLIGATION...........come on, he's guilty as charged on all counts.......get out of the race Herman.......you may be going thru a divorce soon anyways

    December 2, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. benji

    God don't like liars so he exposed Cain's.

    December 2, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. BlueCrab

    God gets entirely too much blame/credit for many people's wrong decisions in this world. I think too many people claim to hear God speaking to them after they have done things to discredit Him.

    December 2, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. PPJ

    Yeah, dudes, everything goes according to God's plan. So, we can all relax and have a good time. Cheers.

    December 2, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Thomas

    TRENDING: Cain journey part of 'God's plan'

    So say's Newt Gingrich , Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachman .

    God has a sense of humor with regards to the expectations of the self absorbed.

    Time will tell , who has fell and who's been left behind !

    December 2, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. garc

    Another one hearing voices. God has to be lying to at least ONE of them.

    December 2, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. GIUK

    The more loathsome the fiend, the bigger the flag lapel pin it wears.

    December 2, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Ted in Calif

    Squimin Hermin is really squirming now, isn't he?

    December 2, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Mike

    Awesome, so now Herman will play the religion card by claiming he is on a mission from God. It just doesn't get any better than a conservative who get's outted and then uses God as a "get out of jail free card".

    Herman your 15mins are up. Next candidate...GOP thanks so much Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich LOL the hits just keep coming.

    December 2, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Tom

    Poor Herman Cain. I feel sorry for the nincompoop. I think he really believes all the crap he says.

    December 2, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. CA David

    Herman's lawyer Lin Wood was on Piers last night. He could have said that Herman was not at the Tyson fight in Las Vegas because he was somewhere else that night. Therefore Ms. White is fabricating. Or, he can say that he was there but she was not. Each allegation has a factual answer. What hotel in Palm Springs? What hotel in Atlanta? Were there only three events in 13 years. What specific dates and for what meetings and events? All of this can clear Herman's name, why doesn't he or she put out specific details? Obviously, someone isn't being truthful. Who do you believe and why?

    December 2, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Laurie in Spokane

    Lord a'mighty, that man's as whacko as most of the rest of the republican contenders. I think a good "Plan" would be for Cain to drop out of the race, and let the rest of the mob duke it out.

    December 2, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Mike

    It's hard to take this country seriously anymore.

    December 2, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Ed Peters

    God's plan: Go forth and sin. Works for the Black Walnut!

    December 2, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. Pastafaria

    If I was stupid enough to care what the bible says, I'd point out that it is much clearer in its condemnations of adultery than it is about anything related to Cain's platform.

    December 2, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. twiddly

    Our grandchildren need Cain to explain how is it that he gives money and gifts to a woman for 13 years without his wife knowing about it.

    It just doesn't pass the smell test, and yeah I'm talking that kind of fishy.

    December 2, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Guest

    You see, this is EXACTLY what is giving Christianity a bad reputation in this country. He is making a mockery of it, and true Christ followers suffer in the fallout–only as far as how Americans perceive us. Unfortunately, it is these sort of "Christians" who are always making the news, and thus this is how Christianity is now perceived.

    December 2, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. CAL USA

    It isn't just Cain who is a hypocrite. The same is true of all the self-proclaimed "values voters" who prefer him and/or Gingrich over Romney because he's a Mormon. I'm not a huge fan of Mitt either, but at least he doesn't need advice from Kobe Bryant on how to handle his home life...

    December 2, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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