Herman Cain was once known for holding down the CEO office for Godfather Pizza among other prominent executive positions in the business world. Now he is known for holding down evenings for Cox’s WSB AM-FM in Atlanta. And he’s thinking of expanding his sphere of influence by occupying the Oval Office, with the help of the US voting public.
Cain has not declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president yet, but is actively exploring that option, according to numerous reports. He has been making visits to key states that figure prominently in the early stages of the primaries, including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
If Cain does decide to run, it will not be his first foray into elective politics. He made an unsuccessful run for the US Senate out of Georgia back in 2004. The candidate who defeated him and a third entrant in the Republican primary, Johnny Isakson, went on to win the general election and still holds the seat.
According to the WSB website, Cain’s program can be heard “on every weeknight 7 to 10. Listen…you just might learn something. Cain has the stories and information the mainstream media won’t always give you.”
In addition to his work on WSB, Cain is a frequent guest commentator on Fox News Channel, particularly during Neil Cavuto’s show, and is a frequent guest at Tea Party gatherings.
According to a report in The Hill, Cain recognizes that he is not nearly as well recognized as many of the likely Republican candidates, one of whom comes from the same state. That would be Newt Gingrich, who is in the potential mix with people like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty and others.
He is hoping to shake things up with a grassroots campaign, hoping that staking out territory as a good non-establishment option can help his campaign pick up steam.
RBR-TVBR observation: It’s is possible that Cain could be one of two radio talkers (or former radio talkers) to enter the GOP presidential primaries. Indiana’s Mike Pence passed up a change to move his desk from the US House to the US Senate in 2010 – now we’re waiting to see if he wants to run for president or governor of Indiana.