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. JAG0419

    And I bet God told his wife that he's been faithful.

    November 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  2. Herne

    God also told Columbus to exterminate all the inhabitants of Haiti. Organized Religion was designed by old world leaders as a means to more easily control the mostly uneducated masses...it seems we still have a lot of uneducated people.
    Ignorance and sheer stupidity is why this country is in the mess its in.

    November 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  3. Psychologist

    When you run out of things to say, meaningless and ill-facted as they already are, just start talking about God. The dummies will buy it albeit no practicality.

    November 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • T.rex

      ...case in point

      November 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  4. marcus

    Uncle Herman Cain must be hearing things again.

    November 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  5. Mark

    It is sad the libs can only attack the candidates religion or character or a slow response when we have Obama in the white house. How is it that the liberal media can overlook Obama's faith, character, and slow and sometimes moronic responses?

    November 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      What about Obama's CHRISTIAN faith is so wrong in your eyes? What about Obama in general bothers you? Sorry he's not a tea bagger but the man has a brain is too intelligent to fall for the fallacies.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  6. Rob F

    Yeah, OK. lol

    November 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  7. Beezyb1234

    Does anyone think its crazy that we are figuring out who to elect out of a group of people that still believe in the "magic" of christianity? We want someone to run our country who still thinks there is a man in the sky listening to everyone at once and dictating all that happens on earth? We are supposed to have faith in people who have faith in a storybook called the bible? When will people wake up and see that a) these candidates are pandering to christian voters and don't really believe this crap or b) we want someone to run our country who blindly supports the biggest sham ever perpetrated on society- organized religion.
    How many other things do these people believe based on "faith"?? Do we really want someone acting on behalf of the United States of America based on a voice or a feeling they claim to hear or feel inside there own head? I wish people would wake up and stand up against the the lies and hypocrisy of organized religion. But we won't because we live in a nation of sheep who can't figure things out themselves and they need some ridiculous fairytale storybook called the Bible to organize their lives.
    At least we know Obama doesntf buy the BS, he just has to pretend or else the Christians take the "moral high-ground" (as if) and accuse him of Islamic affiliations (like thats such a bad thing).
    It's not that Christian people are necessarily bad, they just shouldn't be able to continually run our country into the ground on the basis of a make believe story.

    November 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Mark

      Your to funny, have you ever given thought to what if the christians are right? Do you honestly believe that man in all of his infinite stupidity is responsible for the things in your life? At least with religion you have some kind of moral compass or guidline. With out it we become a group of animals which is based on the strongest survive. Have you looked into the statistics for teen pregnancy, teen violence, teen drug use and even the crime statistics since God and religion were taken out of schools? How about looking at suicide among young people? It makes very little sense to me to attack someones religion. Religion is an individual experience for alot of people it gives them a crutch to lean on when times or things get hard, maybe your crutch is drugs or alcohol or food or something as simple as looking into a mirror people need some type of support or guidline otherwise you end up with a bunch of people killing just because they feel like they were misused and eventually you only have the meanest baddest son of a gun on the planet, seems kind of lonely to me.

      November 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Beezyb1234

      It makes no sense to you to attack someones religion, yet Christianity is predicated on debunking other faiths and preaching the "truth"/ "good word"/ any other self-serving moniker.
      As far as the schools, suicide, etc...what are you talking about??? Have I looked into the statistics? Have you?! Id love to hear them! Or are you taking someone else's word for it just like you do with the Bible. Check the facts, the bible isn't "God's Word", it was created and edited around 313 A.D. at the Council of Nicea (hello Nicean Creed). It is a product of man, written, edited and produced as a tool of social control to entrap people who "need a crutch to lean on when times or things get hard". Do a little research and you will see that Christianity is a plagiarized version of ancient Egyptian religions. Jesus isn't the first "messiah" to be born on December 25th of immaculate conception, isn't the first to die on a cross, isn't the first to rise up from the dead after 3 days. It is a recycled story, sorry to break your crutch.
      And...since God has been taken out of schools??? First of all, how can you correlate any of these things with God, or the belief in? Is that the one and only thing that has changed in schools? Nothing in society has changed that could explain this?? Typical of Christianity and organized religion to take the easy way out and explain away everything bad as either a lack of god, or as god's will.
      Mark, I understand you are lonely and confused about your place here, that is natural. But that isn't a reason to grasp at the first fairytale you hear as the map and moral compass for your life.

      November 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Beezyb1234

      And yes, I gave 20 years in the church to the thought that Christians may be right, but I finally figured out that Chrisitanity, not spirituality, is misguided. You don't kow what you you're doing til you stop doing it, now I know...my only hope is that you will see the Light soon. Cheers.

      November 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Ah....wait just a second

      No Mark, YOU'RE too funny. That same-ole, same-ole BS about justifying the fairy tale because it might be a somewhat useful, although delusional crutch, for those who might have to go find a different crutch, is ridiculous. YOUR negative att'itude about human values devolving into YOUR nihilistic scenario is false, and riddled with error. Human morality is based on what is best for the GROUP, and NOT individuals. An education in anthropology might be a place for you to start.

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

    Like all men who GOD talks too Cain seems to really really like women and money.$ women can not all be oh questionable character and dirty politics or the liberal press!!!!!!!!!Is he the one that thinks only southern baptist will be in heaven?Besides if we have two blacks in the election 90% of the people will not vote.It would be fun if Mitt runs against obama .Will the false God or the black get elected?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  9. JAG0419

    By the way, I saw Ron Paul on NBC this morning. He's officially a nut job.

    BTW, when he gets angry, he sounds just like Barney Fife from the old Andy Griffith show.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • dixiejon

      he has had some good ideas but yeah he's gone now. at least he lasted longer than junior

      November 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  10. David

    The world would a much more interesting place if we gave validity to every person who said a God told them to do something.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  11. Musomesa

    Was it the same God that also told Bachman and Perry to run? It could be God is playing a joke on us but it could also be that these candidates have been hearing things.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  12. John Stefanyszyn

    Herman Cain (and others) claim God as the voice that directed him to run for the presidency.
    "...Herman Cain did not want to run for president. He did not want to be president. But God told him to." Mr. Cain quote...“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.
    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."

    According to Mr. Cain’s religious faith, this “God”, who is the God of Christ, claims Himself to be the One and Only Creator and to whom Christ, His Son, is the One and Only Way.

    This means that there is no other “god” or “religion” that is recognized or acceptable to this Creator God, since it is clearly written that He is the Only One.

    Mr. Cain claims that this God directed him to run for the office of the presidency. This may be true.

    If Mr. Cain believes in this One True God and His Christ, will Mr. Cain then confess publicly (now and when he should become president), in word and way of life, that there is no other “god” and that all of man’s religions and beliefs are false?

    Will Mr. Cain also declare that the desire for and belief in freedom of religion is also of man’s self-righteousness, since it embraces, justifies, and acknowledges the existences of many” gods and religions” as per one’s interest and personal / traditional choice?

    Will Mr. Cain also declare that the belief in and desire for freedom of rights is a way of life that denies the Preeminence of the One and Only Creator God and of His Son the Christ, man’s Savior, the Only Way to Him, and coming King to rule the earth according to the One True Way?

    ….probably not….because Mr. Cain’s first love is not Christ but his desire to serve his self-interests…..perhaps the “god” that really spoke to Mr. Cain was the one that is the father of the belief in serving one’s self-interest.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  13. Ron

    I don't understand how black people can turn to Christianity. The Bible not only allows for slavery in the old testament but Paul encourages slaves to obey their masters in the new testament. When we abolished slavery in America we did it due to secular values, there is not support from the Bible when it comes to declaring slavery "wrong".

    November 20, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  14. ALAL

    It's interesting, ELEL, that you view anyone who has a sense of there being something greater that themselves as 'delusional'. The matrix of values that a candidate uses to inform their personal choices does not translate into a state religion. You talk about religious intolerance but you display the same brand of religious intolerance – an intolerance of faith. Let me remind you that the founding fathers you admire for their wisdom and foresight ALL believed in God, as has virtually every president since Washington. In no instance has this altered the principle that government shall not dictate if or how the citizenry shall worship. All the focus and brouhaha in recent years worrying about what religion our president follows and how that is going to affect the country is groundless hysteria.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  15. Rob Hannigan

    I have no doubt that Herman Cain would put his 2 cents in during a wedding. At all times I must be the man. If I was the groom I'd told him after the ceremony to stuff it. Really thats necessary so long as the bride heard it than thats all that matters.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  16. Bozi

    There we go again "God told me to do it"

    November 20, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  17. jason

    why is faith a good thing in presidential candidates? the belief in something without sufficient evidence is what got us into iraq in the first place. forget faith, i want someone who will think critically about the facts and make an informed decision.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • contraryjim

      Right ON! Jason

      November 20, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  18. JAG0419

    The irony is that the Republicans have spent a lot of energy trying to make Obama out to be a Muslim. I don't care. Religion is out there to keep the masses in line. The enlightened rest of us don't need it as it is the source of most the world's problems. I'm not sure I'd be praising his executive record to date. But as a man, as a human being, Obama is more "Christian" than any of the Repug candidates. Parodoxical.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Mark

      How is Obama more christian? Didn't he order the killing of bin laden and the american? I personally agree with those things but to limit yourself to the belief that Obama is so much better shows a closed mind. Obama is all about money for himself and his friends the same of most of the politicians, it just so happens that Obama is friends with alot of people who threaten the basic principle our country was founded on. It seems odd to me that the libs want to make our country like europe or russia or north korea or any number of other countrys yet you don't see millions trying to immigrate to those countries. Now we are starting to see people talk about going back to thier home country because of the direction we are going since the dem's took over congress in 2007, not to mention the fact the number of illegals trying to come into our country is down. Why do we want to change our country which was founded on religious beliefs? Is that your solution to the illegal immigration problem?

      November 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Mark: and didn't Bin Laden order the deaths of 3000 + people? You're an idiot to think Obama is wrong in any way...the country under any republican administration will be screwed. At least with Obama it has a fighting chance!

      November 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  19. Tim

    What next, an article about Bachmann? Come on CNN Newt is the flavor of the week. Keep up.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  20. No Way

    Did God tell him to assault all those women? Or are women even part of the human race in his world? This guy is the most self centered perv in the bunch. He never talks about his family. We have never even seen his kids. Do they not want to be part of his life or are they just blow up dolls to bring out when he feels like playing?

    November 20, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Rebecca

      Only Herman Cain counts in Herman Cain's life.

      November 20, 2011 at 11:52 am |
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