Cain aims focus back on tax plan
November 28th, 2011
10:46 AM ET
9 years ago

Cain aims focus back on tax plan

(CNN) - After a month of battling sexual harassment allegations and getting caught in uncomfortable foreign policy gaffes, Herman Cain is returning to one position he knows well: The 9-9-9 tax plan.

In a four-minute video released Monday, the former Godfather's Pizza executive and Republican presidential candidate recaps his tax reform plan that would create a 9% national sales tax, a 9% income tax, and a 9% corporate tax.

The animated spot, called "9-9-9 The Movie," presents the current tax code as a large, cumbersome machine.

"The federal tax code is an overgrown monster," the narrator says. "But it's not even a cool monster, it's a dorky mechanical monster held together with a bunch of tattered red tape and driven around by squirrelly bureaucrats."

The ad says under Cain's 9-9-9 plan, the "economy would accelerate faster than Barack Obama on his way out of town."

Various scenarios are presented comparing the current tax code to the proposed plan, all using animated figures and upbeat music.

It concludes: "The 9-9-9 plan is simple enough to vanquish the ineffective bureaucrats that lurk in the dark crannies of complexity, transparent enough to deter cronyism, and fair enough the level the playing field."

The ad notes that they're using the definition of fair from the dictionary, not the "president's class warfare definition."

Cain's aggressive promotion of the 9-9-9 tax plan earlier this fall led to a steep rise in the candidate's poll numbers, but a series of sexual harassment allegations (which Cain denies) and several blunders on foreign policy have brought those numbers back down.

Cain will sit down for a live interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Monday after attending closed-door meetings in Tyson's Corner, Virginia. The segment will air during "The Situation Room," starting at 4 p.m. ET.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm sure he knows more than one position well......just ask the women he harrassed. BTW, when he complains about class warfare,ask him how he feels about the gender war he sparked off with his boorish and ill-considered behavior.

    November 28, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Laurie in Spokane

    Cain who?

    November 28, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. v_mag

    Herman Cain is returning to the one trick he knows to avoid focus on his attempts to "turn tricks" at a previous job. Both his amorous abilities and tax policies can only be described as lame. Haven't you been laughed at enough, Herman?

    November 28, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Just because it is simple doesn't mean that it will work. I understand that there needs to be some simplication; reduction in the rules, but this goes too far. I think that it is geared to help those in the upper income brackets. I also honestly don't think that it would get past Congress. That is the most important thing - can it get turned into law?

    November 28, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Ringer

    Good. Enough with the media nit picking. Lets get back to the main topic of the election. Fixing our own economic issues and ousting the guy who magnified them during his 3 years so far in the White House.

    November 28, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    That plan does NOT work for me.

    November 28, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Sorensen

    Why don't they tell the poor, little pizza-man to go home and hide forever. It would save him further terrible, intellectual
    humiliation. Let alone the GOP. (And they have still got Bachman, Gingrich and the rest of the clowns to deal with.)

    November 28, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Tim

    The last few whimpers from a dead campaign.

    November 28, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Dixie AZ

    Ah, the Cain train. If one makes a carefully staged video of the tiresome 999 plan editing will do away with those pesky speaking fumbles.

    November 28, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. scmom

    Sorry, you are not relevant anymore. It ain't gonna work.

    November 28, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Vince

    Who? Oh...I thought this guy dropped out already.

    November 28, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |

    Mr. Herman Cains secret "999 Tax Plan" message:
    "if ya'll wanna know my "Political IQ"...ya jus add "9+9+9", which for ya'll's information
    equals..."27" Yeah a "BIG 27" ya'll !

    November 28, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Greg in Arkansas

    I would expect more from a presidential contender than a CARTOON....seriously?....

    November 28, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. support 9-9-9; kill the economy

    70% of US economy is retail consumer based. The best way to kill it is to add national sales tax.

    November 28, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Jack Tors

    HOLY SMOKES! This guy still thinks he has a chance. What an embarrassment. Oy Vey.

    November 28, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Bob

    A GOP tax plan that has ZERO Tax on Capital Gains, dividends and Inheritance ..... what a suprise!! .... LOL

    November 28, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Sandy

    Cain, please go home and stop embarrassing your family!

    November 28, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. tcaros

    Leave it to a Pizza man to come up with a 9.99 plan. Let me guess did he come up with it after thinking of 2 large Pizzas for 9.99?

    He's a goofball.

    November 28, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |