Herman Cain grew up in Atlanta with loving parents and little else. His father worked three jobs as a janitor, a barber and a chauffeur and his mother was a domestic worker. Thanks to the lessons his parents instilled in him, Herman went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Morehouse College and a Master's in computer science from Purdue University.
Herman has more than 40 years' experience in the private sector, where he balanced budgets, created jobs and rescued failing companies. He served as an analyst for Coca-Cola, an executive at Pillsbury, a regional Vice President with Burger King and CEO of Godfather's Pizza. During his time at Godfather's, he brought the company from near bankruptcy to profitability in just 14 months. Herman's record as "turnaround artist" led to his rise as President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, which employs more than 14 million people. Additionally, he's been on the boards of directors for several multi-national corporations, including Nabisco, AGCO, Hallmark Cards, Whirlpool, SuperValu, Acquila and Reader's Digest.
Herman also served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and as a supervisory mathematician for the Department of the Navy, where he developed ballistics and fire control systems for the armed forces.
Herman has been married to his wife, Gloria, for 44 years, and they have two children and four grandchildren. He also serves as an Associate Minister at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta.
Articles by Herman Cain:
Enough divisiveness. It's time to put "United" back in the United States of America! The intense partisan divide in Washington, D.C., the Republican and Democrat political parties suffering "brand" damage, conservatives and liberals not even trying to find common ground, immigration, race hustlers fanning the ... continue reading
Showdown. It’s starting to look like Mitch McConnell has done something right, although I realize sneaky majority leaders have ways of making it look that way when it’s not really true. Planned Parenthood has become so indefensible, McConnell appears to think he has no choice but to allow a Senate ... continue reading
And now there are 22! UPDATE: Former Viginia Gov. James Gilmore has now joined the race. He was a good governor and he has some good ideas, but he's virtually unknown and it's going to be awfully tough for him to break through in a field this crowded. Prior to Gilmore, Governor John Kasich of Ohio is the latest ... continue reading
The countdown begins. With the first Republican presidential debate just a week away, Donald Trump's surge in popularity as a candidate has heightened the anticipation of what might happen. Most media people are wondering if Trump will be a pit bull or just a mild-mannered bulldog.No one knows, and no one can ... continue reading
And no one is fooled. It's not even controversial anymore to point out that the IRS routinely targeted and harassed conservative groups seeking nonprofit status. However many Lois Lerner e-mails may have been destroyed, what we've already seen - combined with the testimony from the conservative groups themselves ... continue reading
And stop the typical Washington tricks. Not much was said about it – given all the attention to Iran, Planned Parenthood and the Chattanooga shootings – but a few weeks ago, the Export-Import Bank died. This was a pretty rare event, because it’s not often any type of government program goes to ... continue reading
What? This Iran fiasco gets worse by the day. Not only did the Obama Administration give Iran the key for easy entry into the nuclear club, but it also freed up lots of Iranian assets that even Susan Rice admits will probably be used to find terrorism. But you haven't even heard the worst of it yet. Now that the ... continue reading
No political nice speak here, and it drives the establishment insane. It started with presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments on illegal immigration, which drew huge criticism from the Republican establishment and the media. The unfortunate murder of Kate Steinle recently by an illegal in San Francisco ... continue reading
Thieves. I’ve told my story before of my dealings with the IRS – how they decided to audit me after I publicly criticized President Bill Clinton on national television and forced me to spend significant money on lawyers and accountants just to prove I had done nothing wrong. This is their game and ... continue reading
. . . the whole point is to leave problems unsolved so he can blame Republicans. I talked on the radio show this morning about what I called Obama's hidden agenda. I suppose the truth is there's nothing much hidden about it, although that's easier to say for someone who pays attention to this stuff for a living. ... continue reading
Pros and cons. Maybe it’s because I’ve been there, and I remember the reactions of the political class because I didn’t talk the way they wanted me to. But I’m having a hard time accepting the widespread assessment of Donald Trump that he’s a buffoon. A buffoon? In the history of ... continue reading
Are we still a serious country? I couldn’t help but notice something last week about the stories that were emphasized in the news – and about the way they were treated. Let’s start with Donald Trump. He may not be your top choice for president. He may not be mine. But the reaction to what he ... continue reading
. . . but right now we're following Greece. Greece should be sparking more talk about how we address the runaway spending in this country, which is due in large part to the dysfunctionality of our Social Security system. Now I am not going to propose anything about cutting your Social Security benefits, which is ... continue reading
Mission accomplished. Ronald Reagan used to counter liberal conventional wisdom by saying he measured compassion, not by how many people the government helps, but by how many people don’t need the help. And he succeeded in that vision by presiding over an economy that grew massively – with net job ... continue reading
Either make your case for what you prefer . . . or shut up. Or leave. We have a regular caller named Jeff, who always ends his comments with, “Your right to be free is my right to be free from you.” That’s a powerful reminder that freedom is not the infliction of someone else’s ... continue reading
Trashing the Tenth Amendment. Let's refresh our memories about exactly what the Tenth Amendment says: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. That is not ambiguous. If the Constitution ... continue reading