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November 19th, 2011
10:31 PM ET

The gospel according to Herman Cain

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series of stories looking at the faith of the leading 2012 presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. We profiled the faith journey of Herman Cain before he suspended his campaign.

(CNN) – On a bright spring day in 2007, a black-robed Herman Cain officiated the wedding of a young couple at a mansion outside of Atlanta. The sun sparkled on the pair’s wedding rings as Cain, an associate minister at a nearby church, held them aloft.

All seemed perfect.

When it came time for the bride and groom to exchange vows, however, Cain was dissatisfied with the volume of the groom’s “I do.”

"Say it louder," Cain told Matt Carrothers.

“When he tells you to say, ‘I do,’” the groom recalled, “it almost sounds like the voice of God telling you that and you take it very seriously.”

In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Herman Cain is not seen as a candidate who wears his faith on his sleeve. Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, Rick Santorum’s Catholicism and Michele Bachmann’s evangelical Christianity have all garnered much more attention than Cain’s Baptist-flavored beliefs.

On the campaign trail, Cain is more apt to talk about his business acumen and leadership skills than his faith. His unlikely rise as a straight-talking White House contender was pegged largely to the popularity among fiscal conservatives of his “9-9-9” tax plan.

But those who know Cain describe him as a devout Christian who leans on his faith in times of hardship. That would appear to include the present moment, when a flurry of sexual harassment allegations and a viral video of a Libya interview gaffe are renewing doubts about Cain’s legitimacy as a candidate.

Indeed, Cain’s religiosity runs deep enough that he regularly delivers sermons at his childhood church, has recorded a gospel music album and has a traveling minister as part of his campaign apparatus.

Carrothers - who worked as Cain’s political director during his failed 2004 bid for a U.S. Senate seat from Georgia - says one of Cain’s favorite sayings is, “There’s our plan, and then there’s God’s plan.”

Rev Herman Cain presides over the wedding of Matt Carrothers and Debra Ann Delong.

“You may think that things are going wrong in your life,” Carrothers says, paraphrasing the candidate, “but just step back it will always get better.”

Faith and work, hand in hand

Cain’s faith journey began at a young age. Born in Tennessee and raised in Georgia, he and his parents joined Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta when he was 10.

The 134-year-old, historically black church was founded by freed slaves. For the Cain family, faith in God and hard work went hand in hand.

Cain has written that his family grew up so poor they were “po.” His mother was a maid and his father at times worked three jobs at once: as a barber, a janitor at Pillsbury and a chauffeur for Coca-Cola executives.

His father, Cain writes in his 2011 book, “This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House,” worked and saved enough to buy a modest home and quit two of his jobs, rising in the ranks at Coca-Cola to become the CEO's private chauffeur.

Herman Cain, meanwhile, would climb the corporate ladder, rising to become the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, based in Omaha, Nebraska, and then head of the National Restaurant Association, where the sexual harassment charges originated.

Cain has always considered Antioch his spiritual home. The candidate declined to comment for this article, but Fred Robinson, a former Antioch minister who left to form his own church, says Cain’s late parents were pillars of the church.

Cain greets potential caucus voters prior to speaking at an Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition event earlier this year.

After he returned to Antioch amid “great fanfare” in 2000, Robinson says, Cain became a fixture in the deacon’s corner, a row of seats near the pulpit.

On any Sunday, Cain could be seen sitting with the other deacons in his favorite light-blue dress shirt shouting, “Preach Rev!” or “Say it.”

Cain became a licensed associate minister at Antioch in 2002.

The liberal church of Herman Cain

“Like most ministers, I felt called to preach the word of God and minister to the least, the last, and the lost, and minister to His people,” he told Christianity Today.

Antioch officials and Senior Pastor Cameron Alexander declined interview requests, saying the church doesn’t divulge information about members or staff.

But congregants paint a picture of Cain as deeply involved, part of a group of associate ministers known as the Sons of Antioch. Members say that if a man feels called by God to preach, he can approach the senior pastor about it. A trial sermon is then arranged.

If the congregation and pastor approve, the man undergoes training in scripture and preaching and can be licensed by the church to preach.

The Sons of Antioch are given the honorific of “reverend.” The positions are unpaid.

Antioch is part of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. but like many Baptist churches, it operates largely autonomously. The process of appointing ministers is particular to the church.

As an associate minister, Cain sometimes preaches at Antioch and regularly helps distribute the elements of communion, a role he has kept up while campaigning for president.

Valencia Seay, a Georgia state senator and longtime member of the church, falls on the opposite end of the political spectrum from Cain. But she said they put politics aside on Sunday mornings.

From the pulpit, Cain is “charismatic, he is knowledgeable, he is on point, and he knows the Word.”

“He can lift a hymn,” she said. “It’s always enjoyable to hear a minister who can not only deliver a powerful message but also finish it with a song that speaks to that message.”

While in Omaha at Godfather’s Pizza, Cain put his singing to work, directing a men’s chorus at Pilgrim Baptist Church and cutting a CD of gospel tunes. The proceeds went to charity.

On the campaign, Cain sometimes sings for supporters and once serenaded reporters with a hymn at the National Press Club.

God-centered self-determinism

For all his church involvement, Cain’s message of self-determinism is seemingly at odds with Antioch’s focus on social justice.

The Rev. Gerald Durley, senior pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, told CNN that Cain’s call for blacks to forget about racism and pull themselves up by their bootstraps doesn’t mesh with the philosophy of Antioch’s pastor.

“He’s not going to talk about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” Durley says of Antioch’s pastor, Cameron Alexander. “It’s about providing bootstraps.”

Since becoming an associate minister at Antioch, Cain has preached in pulpits around the country, often eschewing the big paydays of motivational speaking gigs for modest preaching honorariums.

In many of those sermons, Cain has promoted a message of self-reliance.

In 2003, while Cain was running for Senate, he preached at the Crystal Cathedral, a high-profile church in Southern California headed at the time by the Rev. Robert Schuller.

“I told Bob that I was so excited that it inspired me to prepare a two-hour message for you this morning,” Cain told the congregation.

“Bob said, ‘That’s great, as long as you can do it in 20 minutes,’” Cain joked.

Cain’s sermon, which was beamed around the globe as part of Crystal Cathedral’s “Hour of Power” TV broadcast, focused on the biblical verse Mark 8:36.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Cain quoted.

As he continued, Cain's message seemed to harmonize with his libertarian politics.

“Finding your purpose in life is a continuous process that God reveals to each of us when we are ready and when God is ready,” he said. “Living our purpose in life is a decision.”

In the gospel according to Herman Cain, God may lay out plans, but it is up to each believer to push forward - regardless of obstacles - to reach that goal.

For Cain, that’s meant repeatedly running for political office despite his failure to win.

Cain addresses the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Consumer Electronic Association earlier this month in McLean, Virginia.

From the pulpit of the Crystal Cathedral, Cain traced his political career to an epiphany that accompanied the birth of his granddaughter in 1999.

“The first thought, so help me God, that went through my mind when I looked at that little face was, ‘What do I do to use my talents to make this a better world?’” Cain said. “God had revealed my next purpose in life at an unexpected moment.”

In his 2005 book, “They Think You're Stupid: Why Democrats Lost Your Vote and What Republicans Must Do to Keep It,” Cain said that epiphany led to worrying about
leaving Social Security and Medicare a “mess” for her.

“For three and a half years I would not be able to answer the question of what do I do to make this a better world,” Cain writes. “But I would often reflect on the words of the prophet Isaiah (40:31): ‘They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.’”

In 1999, Cain formed Citizens for Cain Exploratory Committee to test the waters for a presidential bid in 2000, the National Journal reported at the time. He made campaign stops in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to press reports, which focused on his business acumen and the fact that he was a black GOP candidate, not his religious proclivities. He eventually backed Republican candidate Steve Forbes and joined Forbes' campaign as a national co-chairman.

Three and a half years later, Cain ran for the U.S. Senate, saying the decision had been divinely inspired.

“Being on a God-inspired fast track of success and surviving the many things that could have gone wrong was no accident,” he writes.

He woke early one morning to study the Bible as he wrestled with whether to run for Senate.

The Bible fell on the floor, Cain writes, and opened to Matthew 18, where Jesus asks, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” - the same words he would quote from a different gospel at the Crystal Cathedral.

Later that week, Cain writes, he heard a sermon titled “The Calling” by Alexander at Antioch. After the service, Cain consulted with the pastor.

Cain said he felt God was calling him to run for Senate. According to Cain, the pastor responded: "How much louder does God have to tell you something?"

Not long after, Cain threw his hat in the ring.

Looking for God’s road signs

He would lose in the Republican primary to now-U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, but Cain took a respectable 26% of the vote. Being a millionaire black conservative made him somewhat of a novelty, and he attracted lots of national and local press.

The experience helped Cain land a conservative radio talk show in Atlanta, a book deal and appearances on national television.

Indeed, Cain sees God’s hand in his 2004 loss. Referring to his radio show, Cain writes, “I believe that having that program was God’s way of forcing me to understand the critical issues confronting our nation.”

While his radio career was humming along, Cain faced a major challenge in February 2006, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

The diagnosis tested the faith of Cain and his wife, Gloria. But he saw the hand of God at various points in his treatment.

After the initial diagnosis, Cain’s Atlanta doctor wanted him to get a second opinion from a specialist in Savannah, Georgia, some five hours away by car. Cain didn’t want go, but then he learned the specialist’s name: Dr. Lord. That was the first sign.

Later, Cain went to MD Anderson Cancer Center, a Houston hospital specializing in cancer treatment, after his business pal Boone Pickens called to get him in.

The nurse who gave Cain and his wife their orientation tour at the hospital was named Grace. Yet another sign, Cain writes.

And when it was time for surgery, the doctors explained they would be making a J-shaped incision. “Like J-E-S-U-S?” Cain asked the doctor. The candidate would go on to call the incision a “Jesus cut.”

“You see, the Lord gives you these road signs - that is, if you know how to recognize them,” Cain writes.

By January 2007, Cain was cancer-free. The road signs began to change. He returned to the radio airwaves and began sowing the seeds of a run for president.

‘You got the wrong man, Lord!’

Herman Cain did not want to run for president. He did not want to be president. But God told him to.

In a campaign speech in early November, he told the Georgia Young Republicans he never considered running for president until he saw President Barack Obama’s “arrogant disregard for the people,” which he said weakened the county's economy, military and standing in the world.

“That’s when I prayed and prayed and prayed. … More praying than I’ve ever had to do in my life.

“When I finally realized that this was God saying what I needed to do, I was like Moses. ‘You got the wrong man, Lord! Are you sure?’ Now, you're not supposed to doubt God. But I'm going, ‘I think maybe you're looking at somebody else.’”

Cain announced his candidacy for president in January.

Cain speaks during a campaign visit to Versailles, a Cuban restaurant, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami on Wednesday.

To be sure, Cain is hardly the only candidate who has said that God wants him or her to run for president. Rick Perry and Bachmann have expressed similar sentiments.

“Maybe God just wants a good race,” says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

Sabato points to the large numbers of religious Republican voters in the Iowa caucuses and South Carolina primary. Many voters in those states “respond to language like that,” Sabato says.

Benny Tate, senior pastor of Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia, has accompanied Cain on the campaign trail, joining the candidate on recent trips to Ohio and New Hampshire. Tate said whenever they stop to eat on the road, “Herman will literally bow his head and thank God for that food. It may be something small, like a sandwich, but I’ve never seen Herman have a meal where he didn’t thank God for the meal.”

Despite that piety, Cain has had his fair share of trouble with the Christian Right.

In an October interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Cain seemed to mix two disparate positions on abortion. He said he believes life begins at conception and that he opposes abortion in all cases.

But he also said government ought to stay out of a family’s decision - a line that seemed to speak to Cain’s limited government, tea party-flavored conservativism.

The comment enraged many anti-abortion groups and is featured in a new web ad for Bachmann that’s aimed at positioning the Minnesota congresswoman as the true anti-abortion candidate.

While most of the other Republican candidates have reached out to Focus on the Family, an influential evangelical organization and long a stopover for GOP figures, the group has not heard from Cain.

But those who know him say Cain’s focus on economic issues is an outgrowth of his faith and his view of an individual’s ability to chart his or her own course.

“Herman sees the pressing issues of our day are economic,” Tate said. “Because of his faith he sees that that can turn around. One way he sees that is through personal responsibility.

“Herman believes that, ‘By the sweat of thy face thou shall eat bread,’” Tate said, referring to Genesis 3:19, in which Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden.

Cain has used this idea to criticize the Occupy Wall Street movement.

“Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks,” he recently told The Wall Street Journal. “If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!”

That idea is not original to Cain. It is one long found in black churches.

“The fiscal conservative thread … not being dependent on anybody else, especially not ‘the white man,’ is a theme that is decades old in the black community,” said Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church, a black megachurch in Maryland.

Jackson, who was invited to give an opening prayer when Cain kicked off his presidential campaign, says Cain is representative of many conservative black evangelicals - though he might not be getting many votes from the folks at Antioch.

The question remains whether Cain’s blend of self-determination and striving to complete what he sees as God’s plan will land him the Republican presidential nomination - whether he wants it or not.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Baptist • Belief • Christianity • Georgia • Herman Cain • Politics • Race • United States

soundoff (1,421 Responses)
  1. Judith

    Keep religion out of politics, thank you very much. I'm also highly skeptical of any politician who would claim that God told them to run. It implies the thinking of an absolute megalomaniac, and we certainly don't need that kind of a personality disorder in our President.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  2. pisan

    Really! God spoke and Herman Cain heard God say run for President?Are we suppose to believe that God is now going to interfere with mans freedom of choice, or will Herman Cain blame God when the crap hits the fan? Lets not forget that the Son of Sam heard voices... He is a fraud, no one can heard the voice of God. The man is power hungry and only idiots will give it to him,grasping, hoping that people will believe that he has been ordained.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • alex

      This is very scary. When he nukes a country he will tell everybody that God told him to do it. Maybe when passes laws that help the rich get richer he will also tell the people that God told him to do it.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • kevin da man

      What the #%#% is so scary about it? Really? I know a ton of evangelicals, they are harmless. Stop worrying so much.

      November 20, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  3. irma1957

    Geez, maybe he ought to run for Pope!

    November 20, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  4. Change

    Does God eat pizza with blonde topping?

    November 20, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  5. chuck Land

    calling the Koch Brothers God is blasphemy, Herman.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  6. jason

    ohhhhh so hes crazy! now i get it.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  7. Wonderfool

    Obama has to lose unless he says that God/Allah/Bhagavan/jehovah – they all told he to get reelected. After all God told Perry to run and God told Cain to Run. God told Sarah not to run. What has God told Newt and Rick and Michelle? God will not talk to PAul because he is a libertarian and Mitt? I guess Rick's and Jim's God does not think He is Mitt's God. So there. Forget the political commercials. Let us have church services where the anointed priests can declare God's wishes. Now only if God/Allah/Bhagavan/jehovah will TELL us common folks what to do. Hmmmm.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Lamont

      I really like your post! that is great...

      November 20, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • works4me

      God sayeth the Don must enter the race as well. Just where would the world be without Him?

      November 20, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Milton Platt

      God told Sarah not to run??? Well, one good decision out of four. LOL

      November 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  8. Mike

    I thought God told Perry to run for president. God must be confused.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • alex

      Guessing that God got frustrated with Perry because of his problems with debates and decided that he needed a backup plan. Guess he picked Cain before Cain's problems with questions about Libya.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  9. Patricia A. Schenk

    If you read history at all, you know that all the kings and emporers in days of old said they were chosen by God. Is this where we are headed?

    November 20, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • kevin da man

      Calm down. Newt is taking the polls.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • GOP4Life

      Only Republican leaders are chosen by God, That is why we claim Obamao is "the Messiah". It is ironic, because we know that our leaders really are "the Messiah".

      November 20, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Navyboy

      Sadly, yes.
      I think this is the 3rd or 4th candidate that has said God told him to run for president?

      November 20, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • hmm

      GOP4Life....either you're being "ironic'" yourself or you're just plain crazy. This isn't Ancient Egypt. Politicians aren't some sort of Sun God.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • JD

      Nope. That quote has been used down through the years. Nothing new.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • alex

      Newt is a joke. He has been married 3 times. Guess he needs extra money to pay for his alimony.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • kevin da man

      But Newt aint part of the religious movement right? Come on man... just go vote for Obama and shut your pie hole.

      November 20, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  10. Bill Carney

    It truly amazes me that God seems to consistently choose bad presidential candidates ...... is He/She/It that politically and morally inept? If I start hearing voices telling me to run for president ...... please commit me to a mental health facility ASAP! I'm so totally disgusted with these pandering idiots!

    November 20, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • GOP4Life

      What do you mean that God chooses bad candidates. George W. Bush, the greatest president ever, claimed that God chose him. You know that God can't be wrong.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • kevin da man

      what blows my mind is people falling for the overblown secular media opinion. it's not that big of a deal.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Milton Platt

      So the Almighy, all knowing creator of the unverse can't get the job done without Herman.........interesting

      November 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  11. Satan2012

    It is very sad to think anyone believes in any idea of a god. Try being a kind compassionate person without the need to draw upon some mystical unexplained "Something else". Anyone who votes for a canididate because of some religiousview or connection to God should simply be another person put on a list of the insane along with the candidate themselves. Yes that's right we know. If you believe it to be true, we're sorry, you need help. If you're lying, ditto.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • kevin da man

      The personal vacantness of your cause proves nothing when it comes to spirtualism.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • ChildofGod

      God is very real. He is the reason you have life. Keep your negative beliefs to yourself and don't try to drag others with you. Judging by your screen name, it is obvious who you work for. Repent now and before it is too late.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Milton Platt

      I'm not one of the "God guys", but you ask people to show compassion and understanding in the first sentence of your post and then show them anything but that in the last two sentences. Not askig you to be religious, but at least practice what you are preaching.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  12. mightyfudge

    Makes sense considering the 'modern-day Jesus' just took shots at the White House...

    November 20, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • GOP4Life

      Cain is the real Messiah!

      November 20, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  13. Dave, Central Illinois

    The so-called Rev. Wright is Obama's conduit to God. Or, maybe some Iman is. Who cares. All I know is that Obama is a lazy digrace and even a loud mouth like Cain would do a better job.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • GOP4Life

      Isn't the whole "conduit to God" thing what the Catholics believe? I didn't think Obama was Catholic. I guess it doesn't matter if we make sense criticizing Obama. Keep up the good work!

      November 20, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Lamont

      Pure dumb post. Nothing to validate your premise at all. If you really only meant to lash out then fine...

      November 20, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • Otto Planeta

      how come CNN does not inquire into Barak Hussein Obama's religious faith... yes BARAK... HUSSEIN....OBAMA ! Who are they kidding ? these Socialists at the service of the man in the White House.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • hmm

      Um yeah...we know what his middle name is...don't act like it's some HUGE shock. It was on the ballot, for Christ's sake (pardon the pun).
      And who cares if his middle name is Hussein!? Only bigots. Sad.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Milton Platt

      Well, OTTO.........the press did look at Obama's religion in the last campaign...old news now. The question here isn't whether a man has a religion, or which one he has. It's whether he is claiming that he is he candidate of choice of the almighty god. Which is what cain and two other Republicans are claiming.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  14. jackieanne

    We already had eight years of a fundamentalist Christian president who thought he was on a mission from God. That wreaked enough havoc. Send Herman Cain back to Georgia and make sure he stays put.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Suliwen

      As opposed to the great success we have enjoyed during the administration of a man who is contrary to these ideals.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • hmm

      Suliwen....so Fundamentalists would rather that people go about sick and poor? That must be why they are trying to overturn so-called Obamacare. I'm *glad* he is "contrary to these ideals", if being a Fundie means being uncaring fool. If anything, President Obama embodies what a Christian *should* be like.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  15. Punisher2000

    What is it with the GOP? How come they all speak to God? Why does God answer to idiots? Why do the Evangelicals act like it is 1600A.D.?

    November 20, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  16. agnostic

    Lets not let god run the country. give it to the people.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • duckforcover

      I've never actually seen any evidence of God' in politics.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • GodLover, TX

      Agnostic...and the rest of you God haters,

      The biggest reason America is so jerked up is because of people like you – unbelievers, poretending God doesn't exist or have any influence in your lives. I've got news for you. HE DOES. Every day and twice on Sunday :)!

      So maybe, America ought to give God a hand (without helping Him) to run the country. That is our onloy redemming hope. This I know for a FACT.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Punisher2000

      Being an agnostic at heart, I would agree with you, except that considering the stinking job men have done so far, God couldn`t do much worse.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • hmm

      GodLover...proof?
      Oh, that's right.. You have none. You spout things and call them "facts" although you have absolutely no proof to back them up.
      Separation of Church and State, friend. If you want to live in a Theocracy, move to Iran.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Milton Platt

      Duckforcover.....
      Sure you have....the little green paper gods.......

      November 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Larry L

      @GodLover, TX

      "Agnostic...and the rest of you God haters,"
      -------------------------------------------–
      Why hate something that doesn't exist? It's not god we dislike, it's his fan club.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Milton Platt

      @Godlover.........The Christians have been running the country to date. Like the results?

      November 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  17. labandme

    Man, you Americans have got to be more selective in chosing your leaders or you're gonna sink us all.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • pisan

      I agree

      November 20, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  18. shadysider

    He can speak with knowledge about scripture, but knows nothing about foreign policy or what is going on in the world. Run for head of the church, not president Herman. He seems like the typical CEO. He's good for the business he runs, but doesn't have a large enough worldview to run for public office.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  19. 21k

    same god that did not stop hitler, right? just want to get the story straight.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • Milton Platt

      Of couse god didn't stop Hitler, Hitler was a Christian

      November 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  20. Dreamer96

    Hey Mr. Herman Cain...did God tell you to put your hand up a woman's skirts too?
    And to threaten any woman would comes forward about your behavior with a lawsuit?
    Where was Gods voice about China's Nuclear weapons, or Lybia?

    November 20, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • Blargh.

      Arrogant fool. MEDIA. Don't be a pawn to the medias influence, go back and look at the video of their confessions, they're scripted obviously, go look at the people involved and learn the past of each of them google.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • GOP4Life

      The five women are lying. The several witnesses are lying. The media are lying by reporting the mountains of lies. Herb is telling the truth! It is inconceivable that such a powerful man could ever take advantage of a vulnerable woman. Everybody knows that.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:40 am |
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