Private-Citizen Cain

Herman Cain likes to brand himself as a political newbie.

“Hello, I’m Herman Cain. I am not a politician. I am a problem-solver with over 40 years of business and executive experience” were his first words at the June GOP debate. In an interview with CNN last week, Cain said, “I am not a Washington insider, and I’m not a politician, even though I have helped other politicians relative to their campaigns. . . . So I consider myself not only a Washington outsider, but also a non-politician, because even though I have helped people, I have not held high elected office.” And during the CNN debate last week, Cain touted his non-Washington brand again, describing one of his views as “another one of these bold ideas by the non-politician up here.”

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