Former Godfathers Pizza CEO and conservative radio talk host Herman Cain has made it clear he will be launching a Presidential Exploratory Committee in the coming weeks.
“We could be talking about an exploratory committee real soon,” Cain slyfully told host Neil Cavuto during a recent appearance on Cavuto’s Fox News program.
A former president of the National Restaurant Association and darling of Tea Party groups, Cain currently hosts The Herman Cain Show on an Atlanta talk radio station. He also writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column.
This would be Cain’s second bid for elective office, having already lost a 2004 Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Dumping significant amounts of his own money into that campaign to pay for television advertising, he nearly forced a run-off that would have given him a legitimate shot at winning the seat.
Cain favors most of the usual things you’d expect from a Republican candidate for President: strong on national defense, the Fair Tax, energy independence, slashing government spending, restructuring Social Security. He’s also a strong “social conservative” - stating during his failed 2004 run that he believes that unless a mother’s life is threatened, all abortions should be illegal, even if a woman became pregnant through rape or incest.
It’s unclear how much traction Cain would be able to get as a White House hopeful, but it seems likely that he could play a Gary Bauer or Alan Keyes style role in the nominating process, perhaps winning a few delegates and earning a seat at the table during key debates.