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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. Fritz Hohenheim

    Bill Maher put right one day: I mistrust any guy who sits next to a red button, who believes that Jesus is going to tell him when to push that button.

    November 20, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  2. obama's mama

    This guy is God sent. After what Obama's done to us americans, its time to let a real Black American who has had a real job help us get our people back to work.

    November 20, 2011 at 6:22 am |
    • WasAobamavoter

      Mamas right this guy would bring a true change of change for us who want to go back to work and support our own families.

      November 20, 2011 at 6:25 am |
    • Janie

      Its funny reading these postings. Obama was attending a church that was preaching hate? This guy seems not to be preaching hate, as a matter of fact he isnt teaching racial discrimaination, wealth discr...., blah..... Us people who dont have a job and want one are very sorry we drank the Obama cool aid. Stop the blame and hire this guy to help us.

      November 20, 2011 at 6:31 am |
    • waj66

      Supposedly Bush was also sent by God. What... God doesn't think we've been punished enough?

      November 20, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • carlos

      To be the US president means more than a 999 plan. He is trying to sell his plan to American as if he is trying to sell pizzas. The only thing he likes to say is 999!!!
      We cannot put an ignorant leader in the mean office of the world!. He is showing his ignorance almost everytime he speaks. 2 days ago he was trying to fix the embarrasing moment he had with the Libya question but made it worse when he said that now Libya has talibans and al qaueda. Thus DUMB is confussing Afganistan with Libya!!

      He also owe a lot of money to the corporations tha are investing in his campaign to have favors and bail-outs if he is elected. He said he didn't see the bubbles coming when he was working in the fed, BUT AT THE SAME TIME CRITICIZED THE REPORTS THAT PEOPLE LIKE RON PAUL WERE GIVING US IN ORDER TO AVOID THOSE BUBBLES AND COLLAPSE.

      USE COMMON SENSE TO VOTE. If you used it, then Cain will not have your vote.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Che-3

      When was the last time you had your brains checked? A typical so-called American with a very LOW IQ of a PIG.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:05 am |
  3. navin johnson

    At least the crazy Jesus guy that shot at the White House didn't say God spoke to him. He thought he would be considered an even BIGGER basket case if he said THAT!

    November 20, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  4. Satheesan Kochicheril

    Cain believes that any nitwit can become the President of America. There is no need of any knowledge of other countries, he did not know whether Libya was some kind of pizza, or some other thing. As Larry King said 'Anything goes in America'.

    November 20, 2011 at 6:11 am |
    • KD

      You are racsist!

      November 20, 2011 at 6:23 am |
    • Adam

      The reason he believes it is because the Koch brothers have led him to believe it & are financing all of this. It's their grand experiment to see if money & power can indeed buy/steal the presidential election.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  5. navin johnson

    Was it before or after God told you to fondle those women that he told you to run for president?

    November 20, 2011 at 6:09 am |
    • Satheesan Kochicheril

      He said like all others he like flowers. (quoted in Time) His flowers are women.

      November 20, 2011 at 6:13 am |
  6. James

    Was probably going to vote for him til I heard this B.S. story !

    November 20, 2011 at 6:04 am |
    • navin johnson

      He said this several months ago...where have you been?

      November 20, 2011 at 6:07 am |
    • Nate (Seattle, WA)

      Really, Bozo?

      This is the only crazy thing you've heard Herman Cain say? C'mon!

      November 20, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  7. TruthandDare

    I have said it before, that this "Jungle Mandingo gigolo" should be GAGGED, LASSOED, and run out of town. What a joke this hotrod is; he couldn't even remember where he slept last night, nor remember who Moammar Ghadafi was; another foreign juggernut_taboo for a would be presidential candidate; he should be co_hosting with Sarah Palin, may be Sarah could show him which way leads to Russia.

    November 20, 2011 at 6:04 am |
    • robo cop

      leave race out of the debate, God created all humans, including blacks. If you hate him because of race, then you hate God the creator.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  8. PaulC

    You really have to fear a person who can talk to God. They make good Inquisitioners. Sometimes it is just the voices that the tinfoil hat cannot stop.

    November 20, 2011 at 6:03 am |
  9. randyloy

    I admire a man who is sensitive to God's call and seeks the Lord's guidance in his life.....bows his head before eating? While the world may mock, that is called humility and thankfulness. God Bless you Bro Cain!

    November 20, 2011 at 6:03 am |
    • Alex

      It is called mentally retarded.

      November 20, 2011 at 6:11 am |
    • Tim

      So, you're willing to believe that this man actually had God speak directly to him and instruct him about what to do? This isn't about being of faith or being guided by faith or what the bible teaches, this is a man making claims that God himself spoke directly to him. Would you believe a man on the corner with a sign that reeked of booze making that same claim? Or anyone saying it? Do you "also" hear God's voice itself, speaking directly to you? Do you typically admire people that exploit your faith/beliefs and lie to you about talking to God, so they can get your vote? Is that all it takes to get your vote? What if all the candidates make this claim, how would you know how to vote for? Would you find it a prudent juncture to maybe question the authenticity to see which of those people were being genuine and actually lived in a way that indicated they were of the faith, and not just a liar or a mentally ill person? You do realize that being of faith doesn't mean you're supposed to be ignorantly blissful and gullible, right? You CAN and should ask questions when it's reasonable to do so... like when a presidental candidate claims, oh, I don't know, something like saying God told him to run for president?

      November 20, 2011 at 6:12 am |
    • wayh

      Sorry randyloy.....there is NOTHING humble about Cain!!1

      November 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  10. mommaearth

    We don't need any elected officials who hear "voices".

    November 20, 2011 at 6:03 am |
    • Nate (Seattle, WA)

      That's basically all we have. There's one politician out of like 538 in our Congress that admits to not believing in some god.

      No wonder the government is dysfunctional. We're self-selecting only the most gullible, stupid, and ignorant among us ... the religious.

      November 20, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  11. Jarod47

    After such a story the conclusion is obvious: Religion poisons everything.

    November 20, 2011 at 6:02 am |
    • Tim

      People poison everything in the name of religion.
      People use relgiion as a poison.
      People make false claims about religious preference to get into positions of power.

      Now, replace religion above with "freedom", "land ownership", "science" and anything else people argue about. I'm not disagreeing with your statement, actually, I think it's true, but in every case where relgiion wrecked things, it's almost always a case where some person/group/government exploited it in ways that opposed the faith they claimed to follow.

      November 20, 2011 at 6:06 am |
    • Tim

      Holy God... I can't type tonight!

      November 20, 2011 at 6:07 am |
    • Nate (Seattle, WA)

      Tim,

      You, sir, are a gigantic idiot. You cannot replace the word "religion" with "science" and still have that statement be true.

      Science lifts humanity to news heights. Religion keeps it stuck in primordial mud.

      November 20, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  12. navin johnson

    Religious people believe some guy built a wooden boat and put 19 million animals onboard so some magician could cover the entire world with water, but they don't believe in Evolution. They are indeed ignorant and gullible..not to mention very stupid.

    November 20, 2011 at 6:02 am |
  13. Alex

    Herman Cain is nuts. God told him to run for President? Right. That is the dumbest thing I've ever heard in a long time. This man is a disaster. I would hate to see him get the nomination. Frankly I think his campaign is falling apart more by the day anyway.

    November 20, 2011 at 6:00 am |
    • Tim

      Actually, it's true. God told Cain to run for president... to ensure that Obama wins in 2012. Also, God said that everyone reading this article should send me $1,000. Hey, I don't make up the rules.

      November 20, 2011 at 6:02 am |
    • Mirosal

      All of you need to remember just ONE thing ... please. This "god" might have told him to run, but Cain did not say anything about "god" telling him to WIN the election!!

      November 20, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  14. navin johnson

    Cain, does America come first or does God come first? Cause we had enough of GWB and his crap.

    November 20, 2011 at 5:55 am |
    • Tim

      I suspect that someone that's this big of a, A: Liar. B: Lunatic, probably has trouble distinguishing between reality and the voices in their head, so they will claim they're doing what's right for the country, based on what God instructed them to do. What better way to reassure your moronic, mindless followers that you really are the right candidate, because God himself has endorsed you. The most ignorant of the followers wouldn't dare question that claim out of fear that a dirty Liberal, baby murdering, welfare collecting, Marxist Muslim will win the election otherwise. What a sick game politicians play using these clueless people as pawns.

      November 20, 2011 at 6:00 am |
  15. Nate (Seattle, WA)

    Are people really not able to see the high correlation between stupid people, and religious people?

    What am I thinking? Most people in this country don't even know what the word "correlation" means.

    This country is hopelessly ignorant.

    November 20, 2011 at 5:54 am |
    • Tim

      Of course, not everyone that has faith is an idiot, but I would agree that most people that claim to be of a faith or follow people that claim to be, are indeed typically ignorant, clueless fools. So, it's hard to argue your statement. There is a high correlation, you're right about that.

      November 20, 2011 at 5:56 am |
    • I-so-much-agree

      Then, depict what the difference is. That is something you did not state. I know, but can you set the people straight about the two...:)?

      November 20, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  16. Rick

    Yeah..and GOD told Bush jr to run for president, Remember ? I cant vote someone that says God is telling them what to do. Someone can be religious in their personal life but dont start preaching Gods words when running for President. Even if you do have a license to preach. This God crap has gone to far in polictics.I want things to be done for our country that is right for it. Not what their God wants for it. Its seems that the presidents that live by Gods words end up killing one hell of allot of people in other countrys.

    November 20, 2011 at 5:52 am |
    • Tim

      Yeah, God wanting Bush Jr. to be the US president, only proves one of two things; Bush Jr. was lying (*or crazy, or both), or God hates America (*or both). I tend to lean towards Bush Jr. being a crazy moron, which history supports.

      November 20, 2011 at 5:54 am |
  17. gager

    Never vote for anyone who hears voices from god.

    November 20, 2011 at 5:47 am |
    • Tim

      I'm going to make up a GOD/Cain response to your statement for the sake of humor; "What, so you'd rather vote for the guy that hears voices from the devil!?"

      November 20, 2011 at 6:01 am |
  18. Tim

    It's one thing to have faith. However, it's an entirely other thing to claim that God personally told you to do something. I have a rule; never vote to put someone in power that belongs on meds.

    November 20, 2011 at 5:43 am |
    • Roche

      You must not vote at all then.

      November 20, 2011 at 5:46 am |
    • Tim

      If you mean I don't vote (at all) for the GOP, you're right. All politicians are liars (on both sides), but some are less crazy than others and are more intelligent than others. It's one thing to interprate what the bible is guiding you to do in life, but to think God's speaking to you directly, telling you "Be the US president", that's a whole other level of crazy. What do these people think of this "message from God himself" when they don't win? They misunderstood? They didn't do something right? They "let God down"? What? It reminds me of these fools saying 2012 will end the world. Then 10 years later, they can't admit they might have an intellectual handicap or they were maybe mentally ill, or just being foolish. Hence, the GOP lineup.

      November 20, 2011 at 5:50 am |
    • I-so-much-agree

      You are so right.......I can never vote for someone of this mentality who needs more then meds and to let him voice this before the people of this country is allowing us to listen to lies from a canidate who is running for office. We sure live in a sick world.......... A world of make believe, is Mr. Rogers on yet???? 🙂

      November 20, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  19. carlos

    This guy worked for the fed and will keep the elite of the fed at all cost if he was elected. He didn't know about the situation in Libya. He didn't know China had nuclear waepons since the 60,s. He said that talibans and al qaeda are in Libya. He missed the economy collapse when working for the fed.
    I CANT BELIEVE THERE ARE STILL SOME IGNORANTS THAT SUPPORT HIM!!!!!!!!. This man CANNOT be the leader of the world, he is too ignorant and not prepared for that possition.

    November 20, 2011 at 5:41 am |
    • Tim

      You have to consider, that fools like Cain will claim to be sent by God, simply for the votes of people that will solely vote for the candidate that tells them he belongs to their religious faith. Some people literally vote solely on that principal, and disregard that politicians will claim to be of their faith to get their vote. That's a big, over-used tactic, especially by the GOP. I don't mean to say the Dems don't do the same thing (lie, etc.), but how can anyone be so stupid to vote for someone due to their faith, when the candidate is only lying about it anyway? You can't reason with people like that, and studies have shown those people function based on the majority of their rationalizations being based on the fear-based area of their brain (I'm being serious about that). This is why there's no solution to the political divide.

      November 20, 2011 at 5:47 am |
  20. ItsMeAgain

    hmmmm. Wasn't there a Cain in the Bible?

    November 20, 2011 at 5:36 am |
    • You again, oy!

      That was MacHain, a Scottish Jew from Samaria. God told him to "be the only one" so he wiped out three villages before they figured out that the film crew following him around didn't have any cameras since they hadn't been invented yet, and this led to his capture and subsequent impalement.
      Oh, wait you said the Bible. Yeah, there were liars in the Bible. One of them was named Cain. God cursed him to being a wealthy owner of a city. Bad curse.

      November 20, 2011 at 5:44 am |
    • waj66

      This Cain is definitely not "able".

      November 20, 2011 at 6:07 am |
    • I-so-much-agree

      Cain and Able..........sometimes things do go to peoples heads......over time, they develop a sickness within themselves, so they do not know fiction from the real truth. Its how they eventually believe:).

      November 20, 2011 at 6:27 am |
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