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September 26th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Herman Cain: 'They want to play politics with human beings'

Fresh off a big win at the Florida straw poll over the weekend, businessman and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain sits down with Carol Costello on American Morning today to discuss his candidacy and the current showdown in Congress over emergency funding.

Cain attributes his win to his ability to connect with his constituents and the fact that his "message" is "more powerful than money."

"The thing that differs me from a lot of other people running for the President of the United States is that I focus on the problem first. Then I focus on what the solution is," he says.

Cain also comments on the budget debate over disaster funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers that may result in a federal government shutdown if differences aren't resolved by this weekend.

"There's plenty of money in Washington, D.C. to offset anything that we need to spend on FEMA. I would make sure that FEMA got the money that it needed, and if I have to go find the offsets later, find it later."

Cain blasts the behavior of Congress saying, "Stop playing with people's tragedies."

Filed under: FEMA • GOP • Politics
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  1. Parky Bill

    I suppose the thing that amuses me the most about this whole Herman Cain debate is the rank hypocrisy it shows among the Tea Party racists and the conservative punditry. Yesterday, Cain used a barnyard epithet to describe Obama's economic policies. All the Tea Party blogs were AWASH in comments congratulating Cain for using straight talk to describe his comment. Rewind to June 2010 when Obama was talking about "knowing whose ass to kick" in the BP Oil Spill debacle. The Tea Party bloggers and the conservative punditry collectively clutched their pearls and tried to direct themselves to the nearest fainting couch with a serious case of "the vapors" over the fact that this crude "street thug gangster" would USE language like that. It's like the Tea Party racists and the conservative punditry FORGOT we have this thing we call "the Internet" and we can SEARCH and LOOK UP the things they said before and COMPARE them to the things they say now!

    (And hey, does this sudden Tea Party and conservative punditry embrace of a black candidate remind anyone ELSE of the old racist denial tactic of saying, "I can't POSSIBLY be racist. I know this guy at work. A black guy? NICEST guy you'd ever want to meet!")

    September 27, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  2. Darryl T.

    Cain is for real. That's why media want to hype this romney/perry showdown, when Cain is a true Reagan-conservative. liberals know Cain would posterize obama in a debate & in the general election. dont get it twisted folks, this country needs a real, genuine human being in office. not another cheap suit-lifelong politician!!

    September 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm |