Herman Cain (born December 13, 1945) is a business executive, industry lobbyist, syndicated columnist, and radio host from Georgia. Cain was chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza from 1986 to 1996, deputy chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 1992 to 1994, and chairman from 1995 to 1996. Cain was president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999. Before his business career, he worked as a mathematician in ballistics as a civilian employee of the United States Navy.
Cain was a candidate for the 2012 U.S. Republican Party presidential nomination, announcing in January 2011. He suspended his campaign on December 3, 2011, following several controversies.
Newt Gingrinch statement on Mr. Cain:
Herman Cain’s 999 plan got our country talking about the critical issue of how to reform our tax code and he elevated the dialogue of the Republican presidential primary in the process. I am proud to know Herman Cain and consider him a friend. I know from having worked with him for more than a decade he will continue to be a powerful voice in the conservative movement for years to come.
I thought Mr. Cain was some fresh air to the race for President. It is a sad day to see him suspend his campaign. I hope the best for him and his family.