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Herman Cain Rouses Evangelical Crowd

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    Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, former chairman of Godfather's Pizza, greets wellwishers and delivering remarks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition's second annual conference and strategy briefing in Washington, June 4, 2011.
By Nathan Black, Christian Post Reporter
June 5, 2011|12:19 pm

Considered a Washington outsider with little name recognition, Herman Cain tried to make his case to conservative Christian voters Saturday, expressing nothing less than confidence.

"Stupid people are running America," Cain said at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, according to ABC News. "We will put a conservative in the White House and I've got a good feeling his name is going to be Herman Cain."

Cain, former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, was the last to speak at the two-day conference. His speech followed that of more recognized GOP presidential hopefuls and candidates such as Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman.

Though considered an underdog, he portrayed himself as anything but and won the enthusiasm of the largely evangelical crowd.

The cancer survivor highlighted, "If God gives you an opportunity to stick around here, it's not to try to improve your golf game."

Cain focused mainly on the economy, considering the public was likely already aware of his conservative positions on social issues such as traditional marriage.

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His plan to lower the corporate tax, take the capital gains tax rates to zero, and make George W. Bush tax cuts permanent roused the crowd.

For a Washington outsider, Cain has still been gaining momentum and performing well in some polls.

Gallup polls reveal that more people are beginning to recognize him. His name recognition is at 37 percent and those who do know him have positive feelings about the candidate, who officially launched his White House bid last month.

Cain also gained some support from well-known pro-life advocate Dr. Alveda King, who is seen in the candidate's campaign music video.

Though King said she was not officially endorsing the businessman from Memphis, she told The Christian Post that she was praying for his success, given his positive values and principles.

The Faith and Freedom Conference concluded Saturday.

 

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