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Cain joins GOP primary race

Associated Press / May 22, 2011

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ATLANTA — Herman Cain has run a pizza chain, hosted a talk radio show, and sparred with Bill Clinton over health care. He’s never held elected office.

Now he wants to be president, Cain told a crowd of thousands at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta yesterday.

The announcement by the businessman, author, and talk radio show host that he was joining the expanding Republican field came after months of traveling around the country to introduce himself to voters.

Cain, 65, supports a strong national defense, opposes abortion, backs replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax, and favors a return to the gold standard. He said President Obama “threw Israel under the bus’’ by seeking to base Mideast peace talks partly on the pre-1967 borders, and criticized the Justice Department for challenging Arizona’s tough crackdown on illegal immigration.

Cain lost a three-way Republican US Senate primary bid in Georgia in 2004 with one-quarter of the vote. His political action committee has taken in just over $16,000 this year.

Cain attended Morehouse College, earned a master’s degree from Purdue University, and worked as a mathematician for the Navy before beginning to climb the corporate ladder. He worked at Coca-Cola, Pillsbury, and Burger King before taking the helm of the failing Godfather’s Pizza franchise.

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