Herman Cain to NC caucus: 'Stupid people are running America'

Posted August 28, 2012

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— The Herman Cain train might have switched tracks, but it's still charging forward with a singular mission: a Republican victory over President Barack Obama in November.

The former presidential hopeful ended his campaign in December, but he hasn't stopped campaigning for the Republican Party, he told the North Carolina delegation Tuesday morning.

Cain's campaign gained momentum, in part, due to his popular 9-9-9 plan to overhaul the federal tax system.

"If you look at our current tax rates, and if Washington, Congress and the president do what they do best – nothing – we're going to get into 'Taxageddon' next year," Cain said. "If tax rates go back to pre-Bush years, we will go into a deep recession – and possibly a depression – and that is a fact."

Cain said he wished he had prepared a list of nine ways for Republicans to secure a win over Obama, but he only had three: Stay informed. Stay involved. Stay inspired.

"You've got to stay informed and stay involved because stupid people are running America," Cain said. "Here's the good news: There are more informed people than there are stupid people. We just have to out-vote them."

His remarks garnered both laughter and thunderous applause, especially when he shared anecdotes from his childhood about his father's pursuit of the American dream. Cain's father worked three jobs until he could afford to buy the family a home, Cain said, before echoing Romney's campaign slogan, "We did build that."

Herman Cain Cain urges NC Republicans to stay informed, involved, inspired

Delegate guest Norris Aikens said Cain's message is very relevant for Republicans who believe hard work is the only key to success.

"He inspires me from the point of view of recognizing and remembering that this country was built by people who decided to go out and work hard to get what they wanted," Aikens said.

Tom Stark, a delegate from Durham County, said Cain is a great spokesman for the GOP.

"He is an exciting speaker. He gets people energized," Stark said.

Cain plans to make two stops in North Carolina during the 10-week run-up to Election Day, as part of his College Truth Tour.


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  • wral mods blow close my account Aug 30, 2012

    More like stupid people are running the GOP. After all they did let Mitt buy the nomination. Imagine Ryan, Paul, Christie, or Rice at the top of the ticket.

    But you have Mitt. Ho Hum

  • mrman2a Aug 29, 2012

    Truth hurts don't it!

  • bitemedoughboy Aug 29, 2012

    Yes they are! Our only hope is that, we can elect some less stupid ones this go 'round.

  • Vietnam Vet Aug 29, 2012

    Kermit60...I couldn't have said it better! What we need to do is clean out all the politicians in Washington and replace them and place term limits so that Congress is no longer a career. The founding fathers never intended for service in Congress to be a lifetime job complete with lifetime pens-ion. Service in Congress was intended to be more along the lines of jury duty. You do your public service and go home and go back to work. Get rid of the "good old boy" network!! I know this is a pipe dream. After all who makes the rules.......HELLO...CONGRESS!!

  • archangel44369 Aug 29, 2012

    "Stupid people running America"
    I couldn't agree more with you Mr. Cain.

  • driverkid3 Aug 29, 2012

    Mr. Cain should have been our next president. I would have voted for him in a heartbeat. I do think he would have been freat as a president,

  • ladyblue Aug 29, 2012

    He inspires me from the point of view of recognizing and remembering that this country was built by people who decided to go out and work hard to get what they wanted,"

    Definitely not the ideology of this curent admnistration.

  • kermit60 Aug 29, 2012

    The running or more like running down of America is not a single party issue. They are all responsible. For decades they felt they new better than the people who elected them, promised billions in free stuff in order to secure votes, paid trillions in foreign aid so others would like us. They did this as they drove our country into a non recoverable debt. It's not republicans or democrats, it's politicians of all parties and levels.

  • mike45 Aug 28, 2012

    Dear Herman Cain: The 112th Congress has 287 Republican members to 241 Democrat members. Just fyi.

  • josephlawrence43 Aug 28, 2012

    Stupid people often repeat the mistakes of the past--such as electing Obama...not this go around..