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Aug 272012

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — One-time GOP primary front-runner Herman Cain, who exited the race amid spiraling allegations of sexual infidelity, hears no call from the campaign trail after his failure to make it all the way to this week’s Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., he said Monday.

“No, I don’t [miss campaigning,]” Cain, a conservative radio host and former pizza-chain CEO who momentarily led the pack of GOP candidates before dropping out in December, told Terry Moran of Nightline.

“It’s always bittersweet when you compete in anything, but I said from the very beginning, whoever gets the nomination, I am going to support them fully,” Cain said on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Cain, who briefly tapped into a party then frustrated with Mitt Romney, was not invited to speak at the convention, a snub he says doesn’t offend him.

“I’m not going to be participating with the formal convention program, but it’s not about me,” he told Moran. “It’s about giving exposure to some young stars who are running for office.”

Cain’s road to endorsing Romney, set to be nominated later this week, was a long one. After dropping out, Cain, 66, initially endorsed “the American people,” before throwing his support more directly to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. It was not until May that Cain endorsed Romney.

“I said some tough things about [Romney] and I challenged him on his 59-point economic plan; he’s now reduced the number of points in his economic plan so he’s listening,” Cain said of Romney, morphing an attack line he once used on the stump.

“He didn’t get to nine yet, but he’s moving in the right direction,” the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO quipped.

Cain’s support skyrocketed when he introduced the catchy “9-9-9″ tax plan that would have replaced most taxes with a nine-percent flat tax on business transactions, income and sales.

Cain praised Romney’s pick of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. “I think it has injected some enthusiasm,” he said of the decision.

Cain, the only black GOP candidate, said that despite the lack of black delegates on the convention floor, there were plenty of black conservatives in the Republican Party.

“I happen to believe that the party has more traction with black voters than meets the eye,” he said.

“It takes a lot of time and personal commitment to try and become a delegate with either the Republican Party or the Democrat Party. It takes a lot of time and a lot of resources. And so as a result, you don’t see as many black Americans,” he said.

Cain said it was the Democrats, not the Republicans, who had belittled the concerns of black Americans and were playing into the country’s basest fears about race.

“The Democrats are the ones that are making white people feel anxious about the race card in America. The Democrats are desperate. And when they’re desperate, they go back to their old playbook. Class warfare. The race card,” Cain told Moran.

Cain, who was accused at the time of his campaign of running just to sell books and promote his radio show, said he is still angry about the allegations of infidelity and impropriety leveled at him.

“I’m still a little angry about it. I’ll be perfectly honest with you; I am human,” he said, adding that he believed the attacks were coordinated and politically motivated.

“It’s just those that were behind it were very good at covering up their fingerprints, such that it’s difficult to determine exactly,” he said. “But it was absolutely politically motivated.”

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Aug 272012

File photo. Steve Pope/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — At River Church Tampa, a few miles east of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention, a different type of unifying event was taking place.

The Unity Rally 2012, hosted by the TeaParty.net, Job Creator Solutions, and the Western Representation PAC, took place on Sunday night before the official (and now postponed) start of the Republican Party’s convention. While the large, nondenominational church was packed with enthusiastic supporters of the tea party movement and the defeat of President Obama, fervor for presumptive nominee Mitt Romney was not so palpable.

“Well, you’ve got to vote, it’s not a matter of excited, it’s a matter of necessity. …We’ve got to get this man out of office,” said Jerry Edwards, a member of Golden Isles tea party in Georgia.

“I like Ryan,” one attendee told ABC News when asked how she felt about the Republican ticket.

Tea party leaders, including Rep. Michele Bachmann and former presidential candidate Herman Cain, and radio personality Neal Boortz spoke at the rally. The Romney campaign sent a surrogate in the form of Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz received a strong welcome when he came on stage, but when he was announced as a Romney rep applause died down. Chaffetz spoke about Romney’s success in turning around the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and spoke about the former governor’s success in curbing spending in Massachusetts.

Chaffetz then talked about the importance of defeating Barack Obama.

“Listen, we have an opportunity before us. … I have spent hours campaigning for Mitt, not only because I think he’s the right guy for right now, but also because I want to defeat Barack Obama,” Chaffetz told the audience.

Although several of the speakers, such as Bachmann and Chaffetz, were also in town for the GOP convention, the same was not necessarily true for many of the others.

“We’re here for this event, we’re heading back early tomorrow morning,” Sam Burgiuerex, a tea party supporter from New Orleans said.

The winds of Isaac weren’t  the reason for Burgiuerex’s scheduling.

“We’re principally here for support of this movement, the tea party movement, which is about fiscal responsibility, about principles, about honoring our government.”

Edwards, who was in town with a group of about 56 representatives, said his Golden Isles group was also planning to leave after the rally, but not because of Isaac.

“We’re from Georgia. We’ve had plenty of hurricanes where we came from. …I’m 78 years old. I’ve never run from a hurricane yet,” Edwards said.

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Apr 162012

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Less than two months ago, Herman Cain, who was out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, stood on a stage in West Palm Beach, just three days before the Florida primary, and told the crowd, “I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for the president of the Unites States.” Gingrich had just come off a sweeping win in South Carolina, had the fundraising dollars pouring in and had a financial safety net in billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson.

But on Monday, Cain walked back his endorsement of Gingrich, saying, “With all due respect, let’s get on with this, OK?”

“I even endorsed Newt Gingrich at one point because I thought that he had a shot. Well, not now. He doesn’t have a shot,” Cain said to Washington radio station WMAL.

A former Cain staffer told ABC News that Cain’s call for Gingrich to bow out isn’t surprising.

“He likes to go with his gut. Mr. Cain walked up to line of joining the establishment without crossing it,” the former Cain staffer said.

Cain refused to comment to ABC News Monday over that morning’s comments about Gingrich, but Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond said the party is trying is lock down the nomination.

“The angle right now is for the party to get to a nominee as fast as possible,” Hammond said. “It’s up to Herman Cain whether or not he’s put in his application with the establishment.”

Cain wasn’t the only Republican candidate to suspend his campaign and endorse the “not-Romney” candidate. Rick Perry also endorsed Gingrich when he left the race.

A spokesman for Perry, Catherine Frazier, told ABC News that he will stay loyal to Gingrich but will support the eventual nominee.

“Gov. Perry puts a premium on loyalty and he’ll back Gingrich as long as he’s in the race,” Frazier said.

More trouble came for Gingrich a couple of weeks ago, when Adelson said Gingrich was “at the end of his line.” Monday reports surfaced that Adelson donated $5 million to a super PAC supporting House Republicans. It is a clear sign his money is no longer filtering to the Gingrich campaign, which is expected to post nearly $4.5 million in debt.

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Mar 252012

Allison Shelley/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hundreds of Tea Party activists rallied in Washington on Saturday, demonstrating just days before the Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. With the outline of the U.S. Capitol behind them, conservative organizers urged the judiciary to overturn the legislation and called for the defeat of President Obama in the November election.

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was the keynote speaker at the event. Standing in a light rain, Cain told supporters he may not have survived his battle with cancer had he sought treatment under the new law.

“That’s what this is about,” Cain said. “The freedom to choose our own doctors. The freedom to choose our own health insurance plan.”

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli told the crowd the upcoming elections were their chance to restore the Constitution. His state is one of 26 challenging the Affordable Care Act through lawsuits in the high court.

“[President Obama] and this administration represent the greatest set of lawbreakers to ever run the federal government in our lifetimes,” Cuccinelli said. “The rule of law itself is at stake.”

Republican congressmen Louie Gohmert and Dan Benishek were also in attendance.

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act maintain it is unconstitutional for the federal government to force Americans into the marketplace to buy a product: in this case health insurance. Derisively labeling the act “Obamacare,” its critics also rail against perceived costs of the legislation for businesses or taxpayers, and what they say will be a downturn in quality of care.

Signed by President Obama two years ago, the law would not take full effect until 2014 if left unchallenged.

On Monday, the Supreme Court will begin three days of arguments over the fate of the law. As no cameras are allowed in the courtroom, people eager to see the deliberations firsthand have been camping outside the judiciary since Friday for their place in line.

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