If you’ve been anywhere near a television in the last 10 days, you’ve likely heard the name Herman Cain. Cain has been on a meteoric rise in the GOP primary, partially due to the difficulties the Perry & Bachmann campaigns have been experiencing. But to attribute Cain’s rise completely to the lack of a sufficient alternative, as many pundits are doing, is not quite fair.
Allow me to share 3 points, in Cain-fashion, about why Cain’s rise is genuine & will be sustained.
1. Confidence. While dining with some friends recently, one of my buddies turned to another and said, “Man, I just don’t understand. How do you get all these pretty girls?” My other friend simply replied, “It’s easy. It’s just confidence.” And that was Herman Cain’s philosophy for courting his wife and for courting the American voters .
In his new book, Cain talks extensively about growing up in the segregated South, and the difficulties his family encountered. But one thing is for sure: Herman Cain is no victim, and he attributes this victorious, confident mentality to his parents’ unwavering values.
[Dad] never allowed his starting point in life or the racial conditions of his time to be excuses for failing to pursue his dreams.
Cain also speaks repeatedly in the book of his determination in life, saying that the quickest way to motivate him is to tell him that he can’t do something. He even pursued (and obtained) his masters degree at Purdue in part because his boss in the Department of the Navy told him he couldn’t do it.
Since entering the presidential race, Cain has projected confidence, conducting himself like a front-runner despite the fact that the majority of the electorate had not even heard of him.
His confidence has served him well. After participating in the first presidential debate in May, Frank Luntz’s focus group declared him the winner with nearly 50% of the vote. Since that time, momentum has been building, with Cain rising steadily in the polls and now leading in South Carolina, a key primary state.
Now that Cain has achieved ‘top-tier status,’ he’s not backing down from his tell-it-like-it-is, confident approach. As a prelude to tonight’s debate in New Hampshire, he says he is “going after Romney.”
Perhaps there is no better example of Cain’s boldness than his “9-9-9 plan.” The plan would institute a 9% national sales tax, 9% income tax, and a 9% corporate tax.
When Herman Cain was asked why he is running for president, he replied, “To BE president…America has problems! I am a problem-solver!”
In the face of insurmountable odds throughout his life, Cain’s confidence has never wavered. It won’t waiver now.
2. Business experience. It goes without saying that voters are craving jobs & a leader with real business experience. Many GOP voters have looked for the past year towards Mitt Romney for this leadership. That is beginning to change.
As more of Romney’s governing record comes to light, voters are turning elsewhere. Perry drew a lot of them to his camp in August as he entered the race, touting Texas’ record of job creation during his time as governor. There is no doubt that the Texas record is impressive, but Romney has done an adequate job of dismantling Perry’s “job cred” during the last few debates, reminding voters that government does not create jobs.
Now voters are looking for a businessman with a conservative record, a problem-solver. And they’re finding it in Herman Cain.
You probably know the story: Cain’s father worked three jobs in order to save enough money to send his kids to college. Herman graduated college and went on to be an executive at Pillsbury, Burger King, and then CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He’s solved problems, he’s signed paychecks–and he’s maintained his integrity along the way.
Cain’s strong record as a businessman and long-established problem-solving abilities are his greatest political assets. And they won’t depreciate.
3. Inspiration. The Herman Cain story is an American story. It is a story of hard work, discipline, and confidence. Starting from nothing, and rising to the top; fulfilling the American dream–Cain says his American dream was “to have a job that paid $20,000 a year.” He has far surpassed this.
If you’ve never heard Herman Cain speak, venture over to YouTube. He almost always begins with a quote from a founding father or philosopher. His speeches are always filled with 3-to-5 point lists of solutions to different problems. And his deep voice fills up any room, captivating audiences with his oratory skills, much like Obama did in 2008.
Not only are Cain’s story & speaking abilities inspiring, but his message is inspiring as well. Low taxes, clear foreign policy, a plan to roll back excessive federal regulations–starting with the EPA–and perhaps most inspiring of all, a commonsense approach to the problems America is facing. He’s a cancer survivor, an achiever of the American dream. Whether he’s your choice for president or not, there’s no denying that Herman Cain is an inspiration.
Many in the ‘establishment’ are promoting the notion that Cain’s time in the spotlight is only temporary, much like Bachmann and Perry. But Herman Cain has risen to the top tier on the merits of Herman Cain; because of confidence, business experience, and his ability to inspire audiences with style and substance.
Cain’s simple message and ability to instill confidence, lead from experience, and inspire people have made him a serious contender for the GOP nomination–and he’s not going anywhere.
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