Cain offers possibilities for his VP
October 13th, 2011
04:04 PM ET
9 years ago

Cain offers possibilities for his VP

(CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain laid out his key criteria for picking a running mate, and detailed how he would go about selecting key advisers in the White House should he win the presidency, in an interview with radio host Steve Gill.

Cain even went so far as to name specific people he says embody his vision of leadership and who he would consider offering roles in his administration. Among the possible contenders are Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

The GOP candidate and former CEO of Godfather's Pizza also offered praise to his opponent Newt Gingrich, saying: "I am going to call upon Newt Gingrich to assist me at some point some way because he brings so much knowledge and insight to this whole [political] process, but more importantly, to the problems we face in this country."

So what criteria does Herman Cain consider crucial for potential advisors? "First" said Cain, "someone who understands problem solving and leadership the same way that I do. You know, there may be different styles of leadership, but there's still only one formula for successful leadership."

Also important: eagerness to surround oneself with smart people, willingness to "challenge the system," and extensive experience in one's given field.

When asked if he would prefer a running mate with experience in government to balance out his private sector background Cain was equally clear, stating: "I would probably look for someone who has had that in-DC experience, experience in Congress or whatever the case may be. But not so much that they're going to say 'here's how we have to do it.'"

Also see:

CNN Poll of Polls: Romney & Cain battle for top spot

New nation poll shows Cain at top

Bachmann implies Cain plan could be devil's work

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Herman Cain • Jim DeMint • Newt Gingrich • Paul Ryan • Republicans
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'll start paying attention to Cain when someone ... anyone ... actually votes for the man during the primary elections. Interesting that we are only a few months from the start of primary season and GOPers STILL don't know what to do or who they'll be voting for. Mr. Rove certainly is off message this go around. Unbelievable.

    October 13, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Stacey

    @Four and The Door; you truly underestimate the bigotry and hate of the Tea Party. They will use Cain so long as he's spouting that garbage but in the end, they will vote for Romney because they have no choice! Romney the Flip Flopper will be the GOP's next presidential nominee to loose the White House! Can't Wait!

    October 13, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    What fun! What I wouldn't give to hang the CouponCare Crapshoot around the GOP's/Teatrolls' presidential ticket! Please choose Ryan and his Pathology of Plutocracy budget...please please please!

    October 13, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. logic in LA

    Hopefully this will be the end of him now. Please keep this up Republicans- I haven't laughed like this since Sarah Palin stopped talking.

    October 13, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Raul

    At least he didn't mention Sarah Palin! That means he has at least some semblance of a brain.

    October 13, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Is anyone surprised he named no minorities to his cabinet? After all, we are too stupid and lazy to be in President Cain's presence. The comforting thought is there will NEVER be a Cain presidency so he shouldn't even worry his silly little head about it.

    October 13, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republican in DC have a plan that will create 5 million jobs. It involves putting a government agent in all women's bedrooms.

    October 13, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. one voice

    Just another CORPORATE SHILL.

    October 13, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. TeeDeeDubya

    This is getting to be a little crazy. Every few weeks here comes another alternative to Romney that gets attention... until a fatal flaw gets uncovered. What will be Mr. Cain's fatal flaw? My guess it will either be when folks figure out he wants a 9% federal sales tax, or when they notice that the Chilean model for private Social Security accounts that he proposes includes a government mandated worker contribution of 10% (or more) of their income. Mitt Romney is going to need therapy after hearing the pizza guy planning on VP choices!

    October 13, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. one voice

    With all the GOP/TEABAGGING CLOWNS on center stage, Saturday night live is licking Their chops. LOL

    October 13, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. fayse

    Cain wants the 9-9-9 which in turn will defund Social Security and Medicare. Ryan wants to change Medicare into a voucher system. I love the ad campaign that the AARP is doing. 50,000,000 seniors paid into this system all of their working lives and they VOTE !
    Obama/Biden 2012 Yes!

    October 13, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Texas Doc

    I am quite sure that DeMint will enjoy working for a black man. He is so open minded and free of spirit.

    October 13, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. al in memphis

    The wind rushing sound you hear is me running to the copyright office to get producing rights for this amazing circus that about to unfold with the Republican nomination.
    Not only do they have a problem finding a good canidate, they got an even worst chance coming up with some workable ideas.
    Everybody likes the idea of everyone paying taxes and paying their fair share. This 999 is just something to appease the Tea party rhetoric. In reality, the poor can't afford to buy decent health care let alone spend another 9% for goods to pay for a federal deficit because we borrowed money from China to fight wars in the middle east.
    What do you think happens when you increase the cost of goods by 9%, it called weakening demand and higher unemployment, and deeper recession. The rich will have more money with lower taxes, so they can spend more. Yeah, hello trickle down.

    But, hey these are good sound bits.

    October 13, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. vet in texas


    Self-made man, Herman Cain, would be a million times better President, than the anti-Americn, racist, empty suit, barack obama !!!
    Amazing that an American with a deadbeat African father, who was raised by a white woman and her white parents (who proudly served the Navy) would raise a son that is racsit toward whites.....

    where do you guys keep getting this stuff and where can I sign up to tell you, that way I can sell gold and emergency food and create jobs.

    October 13, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Ben Dover

    The TEABAGGERS will stop your dreams TOKEN, so you better plan on something else...

    Maybe a janitor for the GOP?

    October 13, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Texas Annie

    This guy is just a few crayons short of a full box. Seriously, people, listen to EVERYTHING he says– not just the sound bites.

    October 13, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. no1atall

    Cain! Hahahahahahahahaha! This guy is hilarious! So you're picking a 'running mate' are you? Demint, huh? When you go through Demint's neighborhood, you'd better have good 'running shoes'. Hahahahahahahaha! As Bugs would say: 'what a maroon'. Gingrich is it? Can anyone tap dance with more energy than Cain? He is the living realization of the movie 'Bamboozled'. What an az-kizzing loser! Clayton Bigsby personified! Loser extroidenaire. Drop dead 'Herb'.

    October 13, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |

    Cain, don't bother thinking about a VP, you won't need one, only winners need a VP.

    October 13, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Matt

    How could anyone not support a ticket with a ex-Fed Chairman (who did not even see downturn coming days before it hit) and a Congressman best known for his budget plan that actually saved nothing (Ryan plan only cut from future spending growth).

    We are so doomed it is not even funny anymore.

    October 13, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. sunpacific

    Hope he picks Bachmann. She's my favorite to watch with her looong cadenced, methodical, pray-away-the-gay, answers. Every response for her goes back to, ". . . and that's why it's the federal government's fault." All the while she has the same gleefully demented smile plastered on her face- I could see her brandishing an axe while smiling that way- would make a scary Halloween outfit.

    And then there's Strident Santorum. If you're down in the polls, just raise your voice louder- you've got nothing to lose! Maybe Cain will get creative with us and pick Huntsman- someone who has actually had foreign experience. But, chances are, if he actually got nominated, he would go for Romney. 'Cause Romney's got the cash, smile, and inside-DC-knowledge.

    October 13, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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