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Pro-life advocate Dr. Alveda King is being openly supportive of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, appearing in a campaign video meant to sway Tea Party members and African-American voters and blogging about his stance on social conservative issues.
King, the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., is prominently displayed in Cain's campaign music video. In the video, the pro-life leader touts Cain's strengths and encourages support for him in the 2012 race.
King told The Christian Post she is not officially endorsing him at this time.
"I met Mr. Cain several years ago. He was speaking at an event regarding the importance of making the world better for our children and grandchildren. He is a prayerful family man, an astute businessman, a man of positive values and principles. I am praying for his success," King told CP in an email.
Prior to the video, she heralded Cain's pro-life stance in a Priests for Life blog. "In our many conversations Mr. Cain has remained solid for life, marriage and family. He is also a successful, practical and solid strategist and problem solver," she wrote.
Even without an official endorsement, King's words of praise and support are probably the biggest endorsement Cain has received thus far.
His website shows no formal endorsements from anyone as of yet. By contrast, fellow presidential contender Mitt Romney has gotten the steadfast support of Christian Public Relations figure Mark DeMoss. Tim Pawlenty has landed the support and fundraising power of Nicole Schlinger, one of The Des Moines Register's 50 most wanted people for the Iowa caucuses.
Polls reveal that Cain is still largely unrecognized among most Republican voters. However, his popularity is strong among those who do know him.
In an appearance on The CBS Early Show Morning, Cain asserted that he is closing the name-recognition gap and is drawing in the fundraising dollars to prove it.
"I assure you that we have substantially more than that (the $16,000 in his political action). We have cash on hand and we will be reporting that in July," he shared with television viewers.
Cain continued, "We don't have to raise the most amount of money; we just need to raise enough money to be competitive because there's an element that's going on in this campaign that money can't buy. The fact that our message is resonating so well [means] our ground game, our grassroots development is far exceeding a lot of the other candidates."
The "Herman Cain Train" video reveals some possible reasons why his message is resonating. The video shows Cain relating to working-class, blue-collar voters black and white through his American dream story of going from the son of share croppers and slaves to the CEO of giant companies such Coca-Cola.
He openly identifies himself as a Tea Party candidate and has a lot of Tea Partiers testifying in the new video.
In the video, King proclaims, "America needs someone who is steadfast and yet contemporary, someone who can speak to every generation and across the generations." She then encourages viewers to "get on the Herman Cain train."
Also a person who may be "Joe the plumber," Samuel Wurzelbacher says, "Hey Obama, you're going to raise a billion dollars? Well we're going to raise some Cain, brother."
The entire video is recorded with the "Herman Cain Train" original country music song as the backdrop.