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Herman Cain

Former GOP presidential candidate who "suspended" his presidential campaign on December 3, 2011. Cain was previously the president of Godfathers Pizza, president of the National Restaurant Association, and chairman of a Federal Reserve branch.

Cain dropping out of the presidential race followed a series of allegations of impropriety prior to his campaign. The (possibly organized) effort to get him to drop out of the race was kicked off by Jonathan Martin and others from the Politico.

A video I made in September 2010. The video was about the Teaparties, not about Cain specifically. At the time I thought he was just a radio host who, like others, was simply glomming on to the Teaparty movement.

Lost in all the shuffle are more important facts about Cain:

* He was chairman of the Federal Reserve of Kansas City and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. Both groups are at least currently strong supporters of mass and illegal immigration, and probably were during Cain's tenure.

* His closeness with the Koch family. He appeared at a Koch brothers event during the campaign. His campaign manager, Mark Block, formerly headed the Americans for Prosperity chapter in Wisconsin. And, from this:

AFP tapped Cain as the public face of its "Prosperity Expansion Project," and he traveled the country in 2005 and 2006 speaking to activists who were starting state-based AFP chapters from Wisconsin to Virginia... Cain's spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael, who recently left the campaign, was an AFP coordinator in Louisiana. His campaign's outside law firm is representing AFP in a case challenging Wisconsin campaign finance regulations. At least six other current and former paid employees and consultants for Cain's campaign have worked for AFP in various capacities... "He has made a lot of important connections through AFP," [spokesman J.D. Gordon] said, pointing to Block and Lowrie, among others.

* His role as a representative of the aberrant Tea Parties ideology (see the link).

* His promoters included Andrew Breitbart and the more questionable Pajamas Media.

* On immigration, Cain did more harm than good. He presented absurd border security ideas, some jokingly and some not. That provoked the expected reaction by illegal immigration supporters, and Cain's supporters were completely unable to do anything about it. At the same time, Cain largely ignored the aspects of immigration away from the border. It's not like a former Federal Reserve hack associated with the Koch brothers is going to bring up the all topics discussed on immigration banks, Obama immigration, unemployment, or all the many aspects of the issue that would actually afflict those seeking to profit from massive and illegal immigration.

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TheTeaParty.net supports immigration reform, secretly met with Jeb Bush (Herman Cain, Home Depot, Teaparty Express, TPNN) - 05/17/13

... Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's staff and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus's staff were also present... ...TheTeaParty.Net is leading a coalition of groups on the issue. It supports immigration reform but has not endorsed the Gang of Eight bill. Instead, it has drafted a document called "Secure America Now," which includes seven principles crucial for members of the tea party...

CNN Republican Presidential Debate November 22, 2011 (Heritage, AEI, Washington DC, GOP, Romney, Gingrich, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Santorum, Huntsman) - 11/22/11

... available. Participants: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum. Suggested reading: the links in the list of candidates above, debates, and most importantly of all the alternative to bogus political debates. That plan would ensure that the presidential candidates promote vetted policies with only known side-effects. All...

CBS Republican Presidential Debate November 12, 2011 (South Carolina, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum, Graham, DeMint) - 11/12/11

... available. Participants: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum. Suggested reading: the links in the list of candidates above, debates, and most importantly of all the alternative to bogus political debates. That plan would ensure that the presidential candidates promote vetted policies with only known side-effects. All...

CNBC Republican Presidential Debate November 9, 2011 (Detroit, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum) - 11/09/11

... available. Participants: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum. Suggested reading: the links in the list of candidates above, debates, and most importantly of all the alternative to bogus political debates. That plan would ensure that the presidential candidates promote vetted policies with only known side-effects. All...

Occupy DC helps the Koch brothers, shows what democracy actually looks like: a mob - 11/06/11

... discredit): Mark Levin Grover Norquist Herman Cain Mitt Romney Andrew Napolitano of Fox News Rudy Giuliani Jonah Goldberg Dinesh DSouza Andrew Breitbart Carly Fiorina Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Rep. Marsha Blackburn Rep. Andy Harris Rep. Mike Pompeo John Fund of the American Spectator Roger Hedgecock Ann McElhinney, James OKeefe, and Bob Bowdon (film makers) Tim Phillips and Phil Kerpen of AFP...

Herman Cain scandal revealed: corruption and incompetence (Politico, Tea Parties) - 11/01/11

... the dirty little secrets of the Herman Cain scandal. As you might have heard, that presidential candidate is accused of some form of sexual harassment of colleagues at one of his past jobs, and the latest news is that one of the alleged victims wants to step forward and tell her side of the story (link). Now, unlike (as far as I know) anyone else, I'll reveal shocking facts about this scandal: 1...

CNN Republican Presidential Debate October 18, 2011 (Las Vegas, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum) - 10/18/11

... available. Participants: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. Jon Huntsman won't be attending out of protest against Nevada moving up the date of their caucus. This debate will be even more bogus than others, because the host will be Anderson Cooper. The debate will feature regular citizens asking questions. Some of those selected...

Bloomberg/WaPo GOP debate, October 11, 2011 (Perry, Romney, Cain, Bachmann...) - 10/11/11

... Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. Questions will be asked by Karen Tumulty, Charlie Rose, and Julianna Goldman. Suggested reading: debates for past examples of bogus debates and each of the names in the last paragraph except for the last two. UPDATE: A transcript is here. The debate was just about economics. There's no mention of...

Fox News/Youtube GOP debate, September 22, 2011 (Perry, Romney, Bachmann...) - 09/22/11

... Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and Gary Johnson. Note that the last two major debates didn't include Johnson. Suggested reading: debates for past examples of bogus debates; popular voting systems for an explanation of the flawed system Youtube uses to choose the questions that are asked; Youtube corporate and Google corporate for past bogus...

CNN Teaparty GOP debate: September 12, 2011 (Rick Perry, Romney, Bachmann, Ron Paul) - 09/12/11

... Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. Suggested reading: Tea Party Patriots admit immigration "isn't an issue for us", all the dozens of other posts showing why the tea parties are a pernicious group, the links in the list of candidates above, CNN, Wolf Blitzer, debates, and some questions in my Twitter feed: @24AheadDotCom_ . There's no...

GOP debate: September 7, 2011 (immigration, Rick Perry, Romney, Bachman, Huntsman, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum) - 09/07/11

... Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum. I'll replace this text with a discussion of the immigration portions of the debate after a transcript becomes available. In the meantime, see each of those links for background information, and feel free to leave comments on the debate below. I predict that any immigration questions that are asked will be weak and...

GOP debate open thread: Monday, June 13, 2011 (CNN /WMUR /New Hampshire Union Leader) - 06/13/11

... Newt Gingrich * Tim Pawlenty * Herman Cain * Michelle Bachmann * Rick Santorum * Ron Paul The debate is sponsored by CNN, WMUR, and the New Hampshire Union Leader, with John King as the moderator. Note that Gary Johnson was not invited to the debate because he wasn't considered a viable candidate. See the CNN and King links and the posts on the debates page for coverage of past debates. It would...

Is Marie Diamond clueless, deceptive, or what? (ThinkProgress, Herman Cain, border fence, alligators, moat, Andy Kroll) - 06/08/11

... [1]). Presidential candidate Herman Cain (a Tea parties favorite) doesn't want to do either of those: he doesn't want to build a "Great Wall" on the border, nor does he want to fill a moat with alligators. The first was just an example he was using, and he was joking about the second: he was mocking Obama mocking those who care about border security. Diamond says: Cain also endorsed an idea...

Yet another example of Teaparty being useful idiots for the Koch brothers? (Madison union protests) - 02/19/11

... peekurl.com/v9LhdhK ), Gateway Pundit, and Herman Cain ( peekURL.com/vhZ64cs ). Meanwhile, Glenn Reynolds is going all out (instapundit.com/115329, instapundit.com/115324, instapundit.com/115278 and probably more). On the one hand, unions are somewhat of a negative force in the U.S. because most of them support illegal immigration, with groups like the Service Employees International Union...