If you're wondering who the heck Herman Cain is, well, you're not alone. He made his debut (sort of) last night at the unofficial kickoff to the 2010 GOP race -- and despite the fact that he's virtually relatively unknown, based on the Fox News focus group conducted immediately following the event, it looks like Herman Cain just might run away with the GOP nomination. Bwah?
If you didn't watch the debate, don't feel bad. You're not alone. John Boehner didn't either. He was at an all-you-can-tan buffet, crying, making a Nancy Pelosi voodoo doll having a couple drinks with friends at a Washington steakhouse, saying he'll "read about it tomorrow." Sounds about right.
Plus, none of the "star player" candidates were there -- Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich ... Donald Trump. So, don't worry. You didn't miss much. Except for Herman Cain. You're new GOP nom. Oh, okay, here are five things you should know him ...
He looooves pizza. So much that he is the President and CEO of Godfather's Pizza (the poor man's Papa John's). He started out at Coca-Cola as a business analyst. Then, he moved on to a Vice President role at Pillsbury. Next, he took the least profitable Burger King to the most most profitable (in three years). Now, he's at Godfather's. He, like, really knows his food.
He had a radio show. Cain hosted the appropriately titled, "The Herman Cain Show" on the Atlanta talk radio station News Talk 750 WSB, a CNN radio affiliate until earlier this year. He now serves as a commentator for Fox News Business.
His views on Afghanistan are ... non-existent. Last night, during the debate, when Cain was asked what he would do in Afghanistan, his response was that he would rely on "the experts and their advice and their input." Comforting.
He's a survivor. In 2006, Cain was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in both his liver and his colon. After undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, Cain has reported that he is cancer-free.
He's not exactly besties with the Clintons. One of the major opponents of President Clinton and Hillary's 1993/1994 health care plan, Cain challenged the President at a town meeting in Kansas City. Cain asked Clinton what he was supposed to say to the workers he would have to lay off because of the cost of the "employer mandate." Clinton responded that there would be plenty of subsidies for small businessmen, but Cain persisted, telling the President, "Quite honestly, your calculation is inaccurate. In the competitive marketplace it simply doesn't work that way." So, I guess he's got balls.
What do you think of Herman Cain?
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