Herman Cain to Announce Run for GOP Nomination Saturday

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 20, 2011   |   5:15PM   |   Atlanta, GA

Businessman Herman Cain will announce tomorrow he is officially a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. The Georgia-based businessman will make the announcement in his home state.

Cain, a former Atlanta conservative talk radio show host and former candidate for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, is expected to inform friends, family and supporters of his decision at a rally Saturday at Centennial Olympic Park. Cain is also the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and is running on the Republican side along with former Georgia congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO turned in a performance at the recent debate in South Carolina wither other possible Republican presidential hopefuls that inspired watchers and elevated him slightly from his low ranking in the polls both nationally and in key early primary and caucus states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Information about Cain’s annuoncement tomorrow comes on the same day aides to pro-life former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he would make his own presidential announcement on Monday in Des Moines, Iowa, site of the very first votes for the Republican nomination to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Pawlenty has racked up a pro-life record on abortion and bioethics issues that has impressed many pro-life and conservative activists.

Cain and Pawlenty’s announce would have them officially entering a Republican field that is ultimately expected to be less crowded than previously though thanks to decisions by Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump and Haley Barbour to not seek the GOP nomination. The Republican field is expected to have former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico and former Gov. Buddy Roemer of Louisiana. The question remains whether other potential candidates like Sarah Palin, Rep. Michelle Bachmann or Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will join the campaign.

Cain willhave to work feverishly to increase his name identification and standing in the polls, where he attracts just 1% of the Republican vote at this time, but his well-received debate performance may jumpstart that effort.

“Cain is widely believed to have been the winner of the first 2012 Republican candidate debate Thursday evening in Greenville, South Carolina, and has steadily gained grassroots and financial support across the U.S,” his campaign says. “He is best known for his executive positions in many major American corporations, including Godfather’s Pizza, Pillsbury and Burger King. He also served as the President of the National Restaurant Association and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Missouri.”

Earlier this year, Cain delighted pro-life advocates when he announced his support for de-funding Planned Parenthood.

Cain said he supports revoking the federal taxpayer funding for the abortion business: “I support de-funding Planned Parenthood. “Tactically how [Congress] does it…I can’t tell you.”

The African-American then went further and talked about the racial overtones behind the founding of the abortion business by Margaret Sanger.

“You probably don’t hear a lot of people talking about this,” Cain said.  “When Margaret Sanger – check my history – started Planned Parenthood, the objective was to put these centers in primarily black communities so they could help kill black babies before they came into the world.”

“It’s planned genocide. It’s carrying out its original mission,” he said. “I’ve talked to young girls who go in there, and they don’t talk about how you plan parenthood.  They don’t talk about adoption as an option.  They don’t say, ‘Well, bring your parents in so we can sit down and talk with you, and counsel with you before you make this decision.’”

In January, Cain also went after Planned Parenthood.

He told American Family Radio’s “Focal Point” program that he is pro-life and opposes the agenda of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business.

“I absolutely would defund Planned Parenthood — not because I don’t believe in planning parenthood, [but because] Planned Parenthood as an organization is an absolute farce on the American people,” he said.

Cain accused the abortion business of engaging in a racist agenda.

“People who know the history of Margaret Sanger, who started Planned Parenthood, they know that the intention was not to help young women who get pregnant to plan their parenthood. No — it was a sham to be able to kill black babies,” he added.

Cain also talked about his pro-life views in general and alluded to judicial appointments.

“I believe that life begins at conception, period. And that means that I will have to see enough evidence that someone I would appoint shares that same view. I believe that the current Supreme Court is leaning too much to the liberal side,” he said. “I’m a Christian, I’ve been a Christian all my life. I’ve been a believer in the Bible since I was 10 years old. I’m very active in my church, and there is no way I would compromise my religious beliefs about the sanctity of life. And so it starts with, will they have demonstrated in their career, in some of their other rulings, if they come from the federal judge bench, whether or not they also share that.”

“Because I believe that the principles that our Founding Fathers cherished, when they founded this country, and wrote the Declaration of Independence which inspired the Constitution, they were based upon biblical principles. I want to get back to those principles as president, if I run and get elected — not rewrite those documents,” he added.