The parade of Republican presidential candidates streaming into South Carolina continues.
Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain spoke in front of about 100 supporters at Hudson’s Smokehouse in Lexington Thursday. He took some shots at President Obama, who announced earlier this week that he will release his job creation plan in a speech next month. “Take two aspirin and I’ll give another speech is not a plan,” Cain said.
Cain, who finished fifth in the Iowa straw poll last week, defended his candidacy’s relevance. He claimed other candidates like Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty spent millions on ads and busing in supporters to vote in the poll.
He spoke and answered questions for nearly 90 minutes in front of about 100 supporters. During the speech he presented his plan, entitled the “Vision for Economic Growth.” Under the proposal, he calls for reforming the nation’s tax system, resulting in flat 9 percent taxes for businesses, individuals, and sales. He said he would like to eventually moved towards relying more on a national sales tax– what supporters call a “Fair Tax.”
Cain, along with his work at Godfather’s, is also a former Pillsbury and Burger King executive. He currently works as a business consultant and also hosted a radio talk show.
On Thursday, he brought back up a line that got him a lot of cheers at a South Carolina debate in May.
Cain shot onto the national political radar after polls showed a favorable response among Republicans who watched his performance at the Greenville debate in May. However, the later emergence of Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry has diminished his campaign in the national eyes since then.
Fellow candidate Michele Bachmann got national attention for telling an audience in Greenville that she would bring gas prices back under $2. Cain tried to one-up her on Thursday, saying his strategy would get the price of gas “under two dollars.” However, he did not offer specifics, other than encouraging more drilling in the United States through lighter regulations.