Cain to Congress: Stop playing with tragedies
September 26th, 2011
08:46 AM ET
11 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. Dewayne

    Herman Cain is a straight shooter and I believe would be a great leader, which is what our country needs. We don't need another politician or party wombat! WTG Herman!!

    September 26, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Chris

    Other states must be scratching their heads right now wondering why Florida voted for Cain. We must be careful because the establishment is tossing a lot of tricks our way. They have put establishment goons in our tea party and hope we just blindly listen and support them. Don't just listen to their words and start researching these people. It takes very little time to do so. We should not get sucked in to supporting Cain. He was a Federal Reserve Chairman. Belly of the beast crap?, why has he not said anything in over 15 years about the FED? Why just now on the campaign trail? To try to steal some of the momentum that Ron Paul created. Notice the others do the same thing. He only says that a little audit would be ok, he is against anything more than that. His 999 plan doesn't abolish the IRS or over turn the 16th Amendment, therefore the Federal income tax could return later on and his 999 plan would become like a value added tax (VAT) in the European style. He himself has professed his ignorance on foreign policy and defends it by saying it's "acceptable" and a "non-issue" Saying " I don't know" on a right to return question? Blind support for any military action is very dangerous. Lack of depth on abortion, within the same sentence, he said he was against it and for it, leaving the interviewer confused on how Cain stands on the issue. He said it should be illegal AND it should be the woman's choice? Hard to figure out where he stands with statements like that. He supported TARP and continues to defend his position on it, this undermines all his "talk' about free markets and limited government. He excels at sloganeering with nothing substantial behind his rhetoric. Says he's for the 2nd Amendment but then says the states have the right to take our guns? He endorsed Romney in 2008? As for abolishing the FED, Dept. of Education, the EPA, FEMA and TSA, he says just "change" them a little bit? Will he be going on the "Change" campaign like Obama? This guy is establishment to the core. A wolf in sheep's clothing and many people are falling for it. There are only 2 real people Paul & Johnson and unfortunately the latter doesn't have the money, name or good campaign strategy to do it. Please support Ron Paul.

    September 26, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Bill from GA

    While Cain says both parties are to blame, his solution sounds like what Harry and the Dems are calling for. Just fund FEMA, like it has been done so many times in the past. There is a time to cut spending, it's when you make a budget.

    September 26, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Name usa67us

    This guy just makes too much sense to be President.
    But it is a shame that he could not be our first President of color.

    September 26, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. orlando

    people should stop playng with tragidies mr. cain have a nice day

    September 26, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. f15422

    Where is CNN's comments about Obama telling the CBC to stop whining?
    Further, all of you people who hate the Rep. You need to stop. Take a look at Cain he is able to restore the Country without all to the political mess.. His 9-9-9 plan allowes everyone to have more money and allows for a certain amount of welfare for the poor (a lot more than we currently have).
    Get over i!t You got your President who is stilli isnot qualified to run a corner strore. Lets get a person who has already demostrated how to get business from going bankrupt. Cain can restore our Countryto the number one status which we have always enjoyed until now.

    September 26, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. TRH

    Why is it the left on here can't understand what they read. Did you miss the part where he said " I blame both parties"?

    If you read it you still came forward to blame just one side. I can't think of a better example of the problem in Washington. Blame instead of fix.

    Herman Cain spoke the truth yet the hatred of the other side has the libs seething. Come on, time to do what is right for the country and clear out all the old wood in Washington and put in real decision makers, and people who do, not career politicians.

    Lets get off the blame the other side. They both have massive culpability in this. If you can't get your arms around that then, yes, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes.

    September 26, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Tony


    You can do better than Republicans. With Republicans in charge of the House, we have to deal with the threat of government shutdown every month or two. These people don't like government, and they don't know how to run one. If we want the government to stop working, we shouldn't bother sending people to Congress in the first place.

    September 26, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. bigwilliestyles

    Barack Obama vs Herman Cain for the presidency of the United States in 2012. Yeah. I got that happening. Fo sho. The same people that hate Obama's guts because he is 50% Black have completely changed their stripe and are now willing to see Cain, who is 100% Black, take over the White house from another Black guy, which would make it 2 Black guys in a row. Yeah. Got that happening. Fo sho.

    September 26, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Wild Bill

    BO's resume and experience, even with his peace prize, does not even begin to compare with Herman Cain's.

    September 26, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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