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Herman Cain

Herman Cain's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Herman Cain
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Gloria; 2 Children
Birth Place: Atlanta, GA
Religion: Baptist
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Herman Cain refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Life News: Herman Cain Makes Presidential Run Official. 21 May 2011. “I believe that life begins at conception, period. And that means that I will have to see enough evidence that someone I would appoint shares that same view. I believe that the current Supreme Court is leaning too much to the liberal side. I’m a Christian, I’ve been a Christian all my life. I’ve been a believer in the Bible since I was 10 years old. I’m very active in my church, and there is no way I would compromise my religious beliefs about the sanctity of life. And so it starts with, will they have demonstrated in their career, in some of their other rulings, if they come from the federal judge bench, whether or not they also share that.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman Cain on Abortion and Gay Marriage. 19 July 2011. "I am pro-life from conception. I believe in traditional marriage." (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
  • Herman Cain. They Think You're Stupid: Why Democrats Lost Your Vote and What Republicans Must Do to Keep It. Stroud and Hall: 2005, 21. “I am pro-life on the issue of abortion.”
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. CBS News - Herman Cain Interview - Transcript. 9 June 2011. "I don't know yet. And the reason that I'm being honest is because the world is not safer. I would have to take a look at all of the different programs, evaluate those programs along with the military experts, to determine whether or not we have programs that we ought to basically sunset. Do we have some programs we ought to cut back. What really are the priorities? And so until I have access to that information about what those programs are, I'm not gonna say that I'm gonna cut defense spending, it's on the table. But the world is not safer." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: After Tuesday... the Long Road Ahead. 31 October 2010. "The first priority for the newly elected Congress is to rebuild some credibility with the American people. The new political party in control must do what it said it would do, even if it does not ultimately become law. The people are tired of being lied to, deceived and ignored. Congress’s approval rating is at an all-time low for those reasons. The voters also want the spending and spending deception to stop in a dramatic way. A $1 trillion stimulus bill has not stimulated the economy. It has created 198,000 new federal government jobs, while private sector jobs have decreased by more than 7 million since the end of 2007. The new Congress should do something dramatic, such as ending earmarks in proposed legislation, or refusing to allow any increases in federal budgets, except maybe national security spending and homeland security." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Hermanator’s Intelligent Thinkers Movement (HITM): Key Issues. 25 May 2011. "Our highest national priority. A strong military – Defense spending should be used more effectively, but never cut below 4% of GDP. The fight against Islamic Fascism is global. Fight it wherever it is a threat to the United States of America. Let our intelligence agencies do their jobs." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Tickle-down Economics. 9 January 2011. "Imagine what would have happened to the economy if Congress had extended the tax rates permanently instead of just for two years. Imagine what would have happened if the payroll tax holiday had been for a year for the employee and the employer, and for the full 12.4 percent Social Security portion. Imagine if the Democrat-controlled Congress had lost its collective mind and actually reduced the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent. Imagine no taxes on repatriated profits that companies are going to just leave in other countries anyway to avoid double taxation. Imagine a capital gains tax rate of zero! Imagine an economy so robust that everyone who wanted to work could find a job, and some people could even find a new career, or start a business. You can say I’m a dreamer, but that’s the way I am." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "BAIER: Well, I'm going to ask a question to everyone here on the stage. Say you had a deal, a real spending cuts deal, 10 to one, as -- as Byron said, spending cuts to tax increases. […] Can you raise your hand if you feel so strongly about not raising taxes, you'd walk away on the 10 to one deal? […] OK. Just making sure everyone at home and everyone here knows that they all raised their hands. They’re all saying that they feel so strongly about not raising taxes that a 10 to one deal, they would walk away from. Confirming that.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: I was Prescient in 2010, So Let’s Have More Predictions for 2011! 2 January 2011. "Since some people will think I just got lucky last year, so I decided to make some predictions for 2011: The overall economy will get no better or no worse. Even though President Obama believes he made a huge compromise by agreeing to extend the current tax rates for two years, that time period does not remove enough uncertainty from the business environment to stimulate robust investments. Businesses will continue to be cautious with their cash, because they usually make big investments based on at least a five- to 10-year time frame to insure they get an adequate return on their investments. The two-year extension of tax rates, plus the two-percentage-point payroll tax holiday for employees, will help, but it will not generate the robust economic growth we need to substantially reduce the unemployment rate, and stay ahead of the rapidly growing Chinese economy. We cannot tickle our economy into robust growth. We need bold economic stimuli and that does not mean more government spending. The $787 billion stimulus bill and the billions more in failed pop tart programs have shown that in spades! Namely, we cannot spend our way to prosperity. We must grow our way back to economic prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Hermanator’s Intelligent Thinkers Movement (HITM): Key Issues. 25 May 2011. "Replace the current income tax with the Fair Tax. In the interim, make the current tax rates permanent." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Fox News - Your World Cavuto. 18 April 2011. "The answer is -- first of all, let me tell you what the answer is not. The answer is not to continue to talk about, as President Obama is talking about, raising taxes on the rich. The answer is not let's end the Bush era tax cuts. First of all, they are not Bush era tax cuts. They are the Bush tax rates. They have been around for 10 years. Give me a break. Why do you keep wanting to put Bush's name on them? And now we still have this uncertainty of two more years before we know what is going to happen. It got that way, Neil. The answer, Neil, is we need to lower tax rates for everybody, starting with the top corporate tax rate. We need to simplify the tax code. The ultimate answer, in my opinion, is the fair tax, which is a fair tax for everybody, because as long as we still have this messed-up tax code, the politicians are going to use it to reward winners and losers. That's the biggest problem, is the tax code itself." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing Medicaid spending? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Gross Congressional Negligence. 25 March 2006. "First, government has failed to control the costs of the Medicare and Medicaid entitlement programs, causing the programs to consume a higher percentage of required federal spending each year. Incredibly, our government is adding new costs to the programs, such as the poorly structured prescription drug plan. The plan’s original projected cost was $395 billion over the first 10 years. In less than a year, the new projected cost of the drug plan now approaches $1 trillion over the first ten years. The Heritage Foundation projects that if Congress does not change these programs structurally, the current 2.9 percent payroll Medicare tax will have to be as high as 13.4 percent to pay promised benefits. That’s more than four times what we’re paying today! The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services project that total health care spending will reach an unsustainable 20 percent of the economy by 2015." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Op-Ed - Prevent an Economic Disaster. 13 September 2005. "Fourth, our economic disaster plan must address the exploding cost of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The General Accounting Office estimates that Medicare faces a $28 trillion shortfall in unfunded liabilities over the next 75 years. The cost of the newly enacted drug benefit, which begins next year, could cost an additional $1 to $2 trillion. The costly Medicaid program is rapidly crowding out other spending in nearly every state budget. Mandatory spending on federal entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will soon exceed 60% of all federal budget outlays. That's a crisis all by itself." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing Medicare spending? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Obamacare: Medicare’s Ugly Twin Sister. 20 July 2009. "The Medicare system is a bureaucratic morass of price controls, restrictions on medical services, hospitals, doctors and patients. If in doubt, just ask any doctor or patient or hospital administrator. The system is also operating in the red." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Health Care Rhetoric vs. Facts. 1 June 2009. "The trustees of the Medicare System just reported that Medicare will be operating in the red starting this year. That’s accounting lingo for losing money! What the trustees are not telling people is that indirect rationing is already underway through Medicare price controls and increased regulations. Those are also facts the mainstream media have conveniently chosen not to report. There are cost effective and non-traumatic ways to improve our health care system. Some changes need to be made, but to follow the failed path of countries who are now trying to undo the unavoidable pitfalls of government-controlled health care makes no sense at all. It also makes no sense to continue to ignore the $56 trillion unfunded liability for Medicare, Social Security and other 'entitlements.' That’s not rhetoric, that’s just another fact." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: State of the Union, by We the People. 24 January 2010. "Medicare began paying out more than it is collecting from the Medicare tax this year, yet the president and the Senate proposed to cut nearly $500 billion from the program, and promised no cuts in services and no rationing. We are not stupid." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: Is balancing the budget an administrative priority? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Issue Position: Cut Government Spending. 20 July 2011. "It is no secret that federal government spending is out of control. They view the American taxpayers as a bottomless piggybank for their wasteful programs and expansion of power. And we the people will not tolerate it any longer. The massive debt caused by liberal policies will be passed onto our children and grandchildren if we do not stop it. They will be stuck with the tab for the government takeover of health care, industry bailouts and failed stimulus packages. They will be the ones approached with outstretched palms by the Chinese to pay back the billions upon billions we owe them. Each generation of Americans should seek to leave behind a better and more prosperous nation for the next, not saddle them with debt from reckless spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: I was Prescient in 2010, so Let’s Have More Predictions for 2011! 2 January 2011. "The House will pass a 2011 FY budget no bigger than the 2010 FY budget. Now this prediction is very risky and could severely damage my batting average when we look back next year, because of the inertia of social programs and the increasing number of eligible baby boomers. But I am hopeful that deficit hawk Paul Ryan (R-WI), the incoming Budget Committee chairman, will be able to fight off the spending vultures. If the House is able to pass reduced federal budgets for FY 2011 and FY 2012 as Speaker Boehner has suggested, then the electorate would greatly reward the Republicans with more seats in 2012. That’s not a prediction, that’s just optimism. If Congress and the administration exceed my predictions, then it would be good for the country. In that case, I would be happy to be wrong this time next year." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. GOP Presidential Forum. 5 September 2011. “I believe in a balanced budget amendment, yes, because otherwise, we're not going to have the discipline in Washington in terms of collectively of getting there. All you have to do is look at the current situation in terms of what's being discussed with the super committee.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain signed Cut, Cap, and Balance: Cut, Cap Balance Pledge. 2011. "I pledge to urge my Senators and Member of the House of Representatives to oppose any debt limit increase unless all three of the following conditions have been met: 1. Cut - Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter. 2. Cap - Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget. 3. Balance -Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses." (www.cutcapandbalanceact.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: State of the Union, by We the People. 24 January 2010. "We cannot spend our way to prosperity. While analysts disagree on when the recession started, they at least agree that we are in one now. Similarly, analysts disagree on when we will be out of this recession and whether it will be a V-shaped, W-shaped or U-shaped recovery. Unemployed Americans and businesses just want a real recovery instead of inaccurate claims by the administration that the recovery is underway, or a failed $787 billion stimulus bill that did not work. But they want us to believe that it is working and will eventually get better. Right!" (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. CNN 'Republican Debate' - Transcript. 13 June 2011. "I studied the financial meltdown and concluded on my own that we needed to do something drastic, yes. When the concept of TARP was first presented to the public, I was willing to go along with it. But then when the administration started to implement it on a discretionary basis, picking winners and losers and also directing funds to General Motors and others that had nothing to do with the financial system, that's where I totally disagreed." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: We’re in a Spending Nightmare. 19 September 2010. "The $862 billion non-stimulus bill has not worked as advertised, so they passed another emergency $26 billion 'jobs bill' (code for more payoffs to the unions). Last week, the Senate passed a $30 billion so-called small business loan fund that the House will pass and the president will probably sign. Now the president has proposed another $50 billion stimulus bill for roads, rails and runways to give the appearance of doing something to stimulate the economy, when he and his advisors have shown no clue as to how to stimulate the economy. The president does not seem to care that 55 percent of voters polled do not agree with this latest so-called stimulus, and that people have awakened to the fact that all of this spending is not working." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: How to End the Recession in 12 Months, in Case Anyone is Interested. 10 October 2009. "Unemployment has hit 9.8 percent. New jobless claims grow each month. Federal spending is increasing exponentially, while current tax revenues are decreasing. The value of the dollar is in a nose dive. The deficit for fiscal year 2009, which ended September 30, 2009, has come in at $1.4 trillion dollars, nearly four times the deficit of any previous year in history. Business bankruptcies are on the rise, while some businesses are literally hanging on by their cash flow fingernails. News flash! The $789 billion 'stimulus bill' is not working. And no, don’t give me that baloney that the stimulus needs more time. The bill was philosophically flawed from the beginning, but the big-government-and-more-taxes members of Congress refused to even consider solutions offered by the less-government-and-fewer-taxes members." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Hey Taxpayers, Enjoy these Christmas Lumps of Coal from Congress. 20 December 2009. "Since the $787 billion so-called stimulus bill spent on roads, bridges and 'shovel ready' projects produced monthly 2009 unemployment rates ranging from 8.1 percent to 10.2 percent, and a reported 480,000 new jobless claims last week, it is safe to conclude that we cannot spend our way to prosperity. Congress and the Obama Administration believe that we can, and that an additional $155 billion bill will be the economic surge we need. That’s highly unlikely since they are spending the additional money on the same type of projects and government jobs for which the $787 billion was spent. Merry Christmas, taxpayers. We get some more ineffective spending of our money." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: After Tuesday... the Long Road Ahead. 31 October 2010. "The first priority for the newly elected Congress is to rebuild some credibility with the American people. The new political party in control must do what it said it would do, even if it does not ultimately become law. The people are tired of being lied to, deceived and ignored. Congress’s approval rating is at an all-time low for those reasons. The voters also want the spending and spending deception to stop in a dramatic way. A $1 trillion stimulus bill has not stimulated the economy. It has created 198,000 new federal government jobs, while private sector jobs have decreased by more than 7 million since the end of 2007. The new Congress should do something dramatic, such as ending earmarks in proposed legislation, or refusing to allow any increases in federal budgets, except maybe national security spending and homeland security." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Issue Position: Cut Government Spending. 24 May 2011. "It is no secret that federal government spending is out of control. They view the American taxpayers as a bottomless piggybank for their wasteful programs and expansion of power." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Herman Cain on the Fed and Economic Stimulus. 7 May 2011. “We can do some things in the short term to stimulate this economy with direct stimulus versus the indirect spending stimulus which has not worked. We need to bring down the top corporate tax rate; we are the only country on the planet that has not done this in the last ten years. Make the tax rate permanent. When you extend the rate for two years, you extend uncertainty for two years. We need to extend it. We need to take capital gains tax to zero.” (youtu.be)
  • Herman Cain. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "In addition to that one thing that you asked me to identify, we must have a maximum tax rate for corporations and individuals of 25 percent, take the capital gains tax rate to zero, take the tax on repatriated profits to zero, make them permanent, and — and then certainty back into this economy. And I believe we can turn it around." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Mr. President, Your Handlers Set You Up. 20 November 2009. "Businesses don’t sit on the sidelines or they would be out of business. Businesses are managing for survival as we pray that you and Congress will pass some real stimulus measures before we slip into an even deeper recession. Most businesses are hoping that the double-dip recession you hinted at will not turn into a triple-dip. You have been advised to start mentioning some tax provisions to help stimulate the economy. Republicans in Congress and others suggested this before the $787 billion dollar stimulus bill was passed and signed, but it fell on deaf ears. So you ended up with a bill for the government, of the government and by the government. Here are three tax provisions that will work. Suspend the payroll tax for a year, suspend the tax on repatriated corporate profits indefinitely and replace the income tax with a consumption tax, popularly known as the FairTax. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m just trying to offer some better advice than you have been getting." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: It’s the Political Stimulus. 2 February 2009. "Overall, the House stimulus bill is two-thirds spending and one-third business and tax incentives. Most of those incentives are so small and scattered that it is unlikely they will have a big impact on anything. Fox News has reported that 39 percent of the House stimulus spending bill will go to state and local governments. That means more government jobs, while many businesses are being forced to reduce their workforces." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. CBS "Face the Nation" – Transcript. 9 October 2011. “Here's the main thing I want to make sure that I get across about the 999 plan: first, we throw out the existing tax code, and then impose the 9% corporate tax, 9% personal income tax and the 9% sales tax. Here are the big advantages: it provides certainty to the business sector. […] Here's the other thing about 999. 999 will grow this economy. It's definitely going to create jobs. It's revenue neutral. This means people that are underemployed will be able to find a job that they are more qualified for. It also means that in those cases where people are low-wage earners, they can find a second job, so it has some growth opportunities as well as getting the lowest possible tax rate for everybody.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Issue Position: Unleash Economic Growth. 19 July 2011. "Currently, the federal government taxes too much and too often. Meaningful tax reform should be implemented immediately to alleviate that suffocating tax burden placed on businesses and individuals in America. This means across-the-board tax cuts to provide long-term relief, including reducing the capital gains tax, suspending taxes on repatriated profits and permanently eliminating the death tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: We Really Can Have a Better America in 2010. 27 December 2009. "People will remember that they do not have a job. Businesses will remember that they cannot grow their businesses and hire new employees because government has raised taxes instead of lowering taxes." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Obama: Right Inspirational Style, Wrong Signals. 26 January 2009. "President Obama sent another 'spending does not matter' signal in his inaugural speech last Tuesday: 'The question is not whether government is too big or too small, the question is whether government works.' Red light! Here we go again. The first part of the statement is another version of 'open up the public’s checkbook again' for when he asks Congress for another $500 billion for 'infrastructure stimulus' projects. The question as to 'whether government works' has been answered many times in many ways for those of us who are not in denial. The answer is yes our military works, and our intelligence agencies are working better than ever. But government’s ability to control spending and keep taxes low does not work. So much so, that we are headed for a bankrupt America." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Hey Taxpayers, Enjoy These Christmas Lumps of Coal from Congress. 20 December 2009. "Since the $787 billion so-called stimulus bill spent on roads, bridges and 'shovel ready' projects produced monthly 2009 unemployment rates ranging from 8.1 percent to 10.2 percent, and a reported 480,000 new jobless claims last week, it is safe to conclude that we cannot spend our way to prosperity. Congress and the Obama Administration believe that we can, and that an additional $155 billion bill will be the economic surge we need. That’s highly unlikely since they are spending the additional money on the same type of projects and government jobs for which the $787 billion was spent. Merry Christmas, taxpayers. We get some more ineffective spending of our money." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Fox News-Google GOP Debate. 22 September 2011. “All of the programs at the federal level where there's strings attached, cut all the strings. We have got to encourage parents to take advantage of choices, but provide those choices and we must find ways to empower the students. This is how we are going to improve education, but primarily get the federal government out of trying to educate our kids at the local level.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Issue Position: Unbundle Education. 25 May 2011. "It's time to unbundle education from the federal government down to the local level. Of course, most teachers are in the field of education to foster intellectual development for eager minds. Through a system of accountability, we should reward those teachers whose students excel and better evaluate those whose students perform poorly. Performance incentives work in business, and they will work in education, too. A critical component of improving education in our country is to decentralize the federal government's control over it. Children are best served when the teachers, parents and principals are making the day-to-day decisions, coupled with the leadership of local municipalities, school boards and states. What might work for a third grader in Oklahoma might not work for a third grader in Hawaii." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment and Energy: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. CBS News - Herman Cain Interview- Transcript. 9 June 2011. "I don't believe global war-- global warming is real. Do we have climate change? Yes. Is it a crisis, no. And this is why I strongly oppose the-- the cap in trade, and tax and kill bill that Congress passed, even though it didn't get through the Senate yet." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: State of the Union, by We the People. 24 January 2010. "This country does not have an energy independence strategy. It starts with utilizing all of our own natural resources, but their exploration and development have been blocked by this administration and Congress at every turn. We do not have to go broke to go green. Without a strategy, we become increasingly more vulnerable to oil producing countries who are not necessarily our friends." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Issue Position: Eliminate Excessive Regulatory Burdens. 24 May 2011. "Alleviating the burdens of cumbersome regulation would be an immediate boost for our weakened economy. It would signal to businesses and investors that the government intends to maintain conditions that allow for them to thrive, not to bog them down with additional costs they must inevitably pass on to their consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. The Hill: Conservative Talk-radio Host Touts Underdog Bid for White House. 28 December 2010. "We have a path to energy independence in this country and it just baffles me as to why the leadership of either party in Congress or the White House doesn't pursue it. We simply need to remove the regulatory barriers and stop overreacting to the concerns of the environmentalists." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Our Heroes Didn’t Die to Preserve a Bankrupt Nation. 25 May 2009. "The Democrats have also proposed control of the entire health care system, and an unprecedented expansion of government to regulate the air. They call it 'cap and trade.' It’s just another tax, and another way to suffocate the U.S. economy, just as the tax code suffocates job creation in our country." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Address: Oil Abounds in America, but Democrats Vote to Keep It In the Ground. 26 May 2008. "During the week of May 15, 2008, the Senate had three opportunities to increase the domestic production of oil and help ease our economy's dependence on foreign oil. All three times the Democrats voted as a block to deny passage of critical oil liberating legislation. The American Energy Protection Act of 2008 (Senate Bill 2958) would remove restrictions on oil exploration and drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This would have opened access to about 24 billion barrels of oil, which is enough to keep America running for five years with no foreign imports, while other energy technologies are being developed." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Save $2 Per Gallon! 16 June 2008. "The Democratic leaders in Congress have repeatedly blocked all attempts to remove restrictions on additional U.S. oil exploration and drilling. […] If we wait for Congress to ease the pain at the pump, we will be out of gas and out of money. Alternative fuel vehicles are going to take a while to become the economic alternative of choice. And alternative fuels will require more time for the proper infrastructure to evolve commercially." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary. 11 April 2011. “I believe we can responsibly drill here now (oil), dig here now (coal), and develop safer and smaller nuclear facilities here now. In doing so, we can cut our energy dependence in half in 10 years on our way to energy independence.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Lieberman-Warner: The Carbon Emissions Police Are Coming. 2 June 2008 "In my column last week, I informed those who were not aware of how the Democratic leaders in the United States Senate had systematically and consistently blocked legislation (S.2958) that would have allowed oil exploration and drilling right here at the home of the brave. Specifically, there are at least 24 billion barrels of untapped crude oil on government controlled land, and another estimated 2 trillion barrels of oil from a mineral called oil shale stuck in the ground in the western part of our country. But the Democrats say 'don't touch that'." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Foreign Policy: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Herman Cain: Spying on Americans Is Okay, But Not Assassinating Them. 25 May 2011. "Do you think we still belong in Afghanistan? I can't answer, because I don't have all the information that the president has in making that determination. Whether or not we should have gone in the first place? That's also is a fuzzy kind of thing. What's the mission in Afghanistan? Based on news reports, going to Afghanistan was supposed to be to help them fight off the Taliban. I think that's the mission, but I'm not sure. If that's the mission the next question is can we win in this fight against the Taliban. I don't know the answer to that. All I know is if you look back in history Russia tried the same thing. And they finally gave up." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: State of the Union, by We the People. 24 January 2010. "War is never good but sometimes necessary. But it breaks my heart every time I hear of another casualty in Afghanistan or Iraq, and not feeling confident that the administration has done all it can do to give them what they need to defend us and themselves. That includes the timing of decisions and the decisions themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: I Return from Vacation, and Dang, You People are Stressed Out! But No Wonder. 4 July 2010. "The war in Afghanistan has a new general in charge, but the outlook for 'victory' is still bleak. It will be difficult even for General Petraeus because it is widely recognized that the Afghanistan government is corrupt, and the 'rules of engagement' to protect civilians increases the dangers to our troops. The Taliban has only one rule of engagement: Kill!" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Foreign Policy: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Annie Got Her Gun: Interview with U.S. Presidential Hopeful Herman Cain. 21 March 2011. ”If a bill comes across my desk as president, that hinders American’s right to bear arms, I would veto it in a second.” (skinnymoose.com)
  • Herman Cain. Politico - Scrutiny Takes Toll on Cain. 18 June 2011. "I don't believe states should restrict access to guns, but what if a state wants to pass background checks? What if a state wants to pass carry-and-conceal? That's what I'm talking about." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman Cain on Abortion and Gay Marriage. 19 July 2011. "I strongly support the second amendment. I don't support ya know onerous legistlation that is going to restrict people's rights in order to be able to protect themselves as protected by the second amendment." (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
  • Herman Cain. Herman Cain Press Conference at RightOnline. 20 July 2011. "I said I support the second amendment. I strongly support the second amendment and if any laws need to be passed relative to guns they should be passed at the state level. The reaction was are you saying that states ought to restrict gunownership? No. I dont believe states should restrict access to guns. But what if a state wants to pass background checks? What if a state wants to pass carry and conceal? Thats what I am talking about. And some states have done that." (www.youtube.com)
  • Herman Cain. Herman Cain on Second Amendment and Abortion. 2 August 2011. “Let each state pass their concealed-weapons licenses. Empower the states. That’s how I would do it. Not have a federal mandate for it." (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Issue Position: Repeal & Replace Health Care 'Deform'. 25 May 2011. "President Obama and the liberals in Congress have dismantled the free market health care system and replaced it with health care 'deform.' They have passed measures that compromise the sacred patient-doctor relationship, eliminate patience choice, stick a bureaucrat in the examining room, ration care and do nothing to limit frivolous lawsuits that drive up the cost of health care. In all these provisions, they made health care more expensive and less accessible for American families they claimed to protect. Under the guise of making health care a 'right' for all people, President Obama and the liberal in Congress instead extended the tentacles of government, expanding their control and diminishing patients' rights. They have also made it more difficult and more expensive for doctors to practice medicine, including specialized practitioners who are desperately needed to save lives. In reality, their attempts at reforming the system have actually deformed it. The majority of Americans agree: it's time to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered, free market reforms." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: So We’re Teabag Extremists, Eh, Mr. President? 15 November 2009. "Contrary to the president’s suggestion, the opposition is not about bringing down health care. It is about saving health care from another government bureaucracy. The president and the Democrats continue to dismiss what we are saying. We reject this government power grab of our health care system. We reject the government mandates on individuals and businesses. We reject the propaganda about not adding to the deficit, and cutting Medicare without cutting services. We reject the road to a single-payer socialized health care system, which always leads to health care rationing. Overall, we reject this health care Trojan horse." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: America, We Have a Problem. 17 October 2010. "The public was told that the health care deform bill would lower health care costs, increase access to health care and lower the national debt long term. Early implementation has resulted in increased costs, not quite everybody getting health insurance and a mass of confusion about the bill as we gradually discover what’s really in the bill. The majority of Americans want the legislation repealed. The public was told repeatedly by the president that if you like the insurance you have then you can keep it. It turns out that you can keep your insurance only if the company you work for gets a special waiver from the administration. At last count, more than 30 major corporations have been granted special waivers." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: 2010: Don’t Forget, and Do Tell! 26 December 2010. "Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said they needed to pass the health care deform bill first, so they can then tell us what’s in the bill. They passed it and we now know what’s in the bill: An assault on our liberties, increased taxes through fines and an unprecedented expansion of government bureaucracy in our lives. Don’t forget! The president’s insistence on passing the Health Care deform bill against the will of the majority of the American people was a historic presidential slap in the face of the people. Poll after poll had confirmed that the people did not like this government takeover of our health care system, but the president and the Democrat-controlled Congress did it anyway. Don’t forget!" (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. CNN "CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate." 12 September 2011. “First, repeal Obamacare in its entirety. […] Secondly, pass market-driven, patient-centered reforms such as, under the current code, deductibility of health insurance premiums regardless of who pays for it. But as you know, I want to throw that out and put in my 999 plan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman Cain to Obama at CPAC: 'U.S. Will Not Become U.S. of Europe on our Watch'. 20 July 2011. "You know the arrogence of this administration and the 111th Congress went beyond shoving legistlation down our throats that we did not need called health care deform legislation. But they so far as to not only shove legislation down our throats that we did not need but legislation we did not want. Oh yeah, they tried to hide it under we want to decrease costs. They tried to hide it under we want to increase accessability. Now that the cat is out of the bag we now know that the health care deform legislation is an absolute disaster and that is why the United States House is trying to repeal and replace. We are going to help them do that." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Obamacare: Medicare’s Ugly Twin Sister. 20 July 2009. "While President Obama continues to give speeches that make health care reform sound like a beauty queen, the legislation moving through Congress resembles Medicare’s ugly twin sister. The Medicare system is a bureaucratic morass of price controls, restrictions on medical services, hospitals, doctors and patients. If in doubt, just ask any doctor or patient or hospital administrator. The system is also operating in the red. Now add to that scenario an employer mandate, an individual mandate, penalties for not obeying the mandates, a government health insurance option, surtaxes on upper income individuals, and a new bureaucracy to insure that this nightmare works smoothly and we have Medicare’s ugly twin sister." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: So We’re Teabag Extremists, Eh, Mr. President? 15 November 2009. "Contrary to the president’s suggestion, the opposition is not about bringing down health care. It is about saving health care from another government bureaucracy. The president and the Democrats continue to dismiss what we are saying. We reject this government power grab of our health care system. We reject the government mandates on individuals and businesses. We reject the propaganda about not adding to the deficit, and cutting Medicare without cutting services. We reject the road to a single-payer socialized health care system, which always leads to health care rationing. Overall, we reject this health care Trojan horse." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Health Care Questions Obama Can’t Answer. 27 July 2009. "Mr. President, since government mandates have never produced the desired results in the history of this country, why do you believe they will work this time? When the government mandated a salary and wage freeze during World War II, businesses still had to compete for the best people in the workforce. As a result, businesses started offering health insurance benefits as an employment incentive and the practice has intensified over time. So much so, many politicians now proclaim that health care is a 'right'. [...] History has shown that free market forces are better than government mandates to curb the rapid rise in costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Baucus’s Cheaper Trojan Horse: A Trojan Horse Just the Same. 18 September 2009. "Although it does not contain the hotly contested 'public option' it does contain major provisions of the House version, such as: Mandates on individuals to have health insurance; No mandate on employers, but employers will be assessed a fee (it’s a tax!); Fees levied on health care companies and insurers; Mandates on insurance companies regarding coverage for all. As usual, the government mandates and fees will ultimately be borne by consumers and taxpayers through more new government bureaucracies. The Senate panel plan, however, does specifically prohibit the use of federal funds for abortions, and specifies illegal immigrants will not be covered." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Five Traps That Trick Americans Into Accepting Socialized Medicine. 15 June 2009. "When the intelligent thinkers sift through the health care hot air they find five traps that are being used to entice the American sheeple onto the road to rationing. […] A government mandate is also how Medicare got started in 1965. Look how well it’s not working. Like Social Security, the problems are being ignored." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Immigration Bill: Lots of Bad Ideas, and No Fence. 11 June 2007. "The Immigration Bill could have succeeded if the political class in Congress and the president had listened to the public and addressed the four distinct problems. Namely, secure the borders convincingly, expand the temporary worker program for skilled legal immigrants, establish a reliable legal immigrant identification program and then propose a reasonable program for the 12 million (and counting) illegal persons who broke our laws to get here, but not amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. CNN 'Republican Debate' - Transcript. 13 June 2011. “Let's look at solving the real problem, OK? Immigration is full of problems, not one. This is why we keep kicking the can down the road. Secure the borders. Get serious about securing our borders. Number two, enforce the laws that are already there. Number three, promote the path to citizenship, like this lady did, by getting -- cleaning up the bureaucracy. And here's how we deal with the illegals that are already here. Empower the states to do what the federal government hasn't done, won't do, and can't do. Then we won't be getting into the problem that was raised." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. GOP Presidential Forum. 5 September 2011. “I would oppose amnesty in every form, because here are the four problems relative to immigration. It's not one, it's four. Let's secure the border for real. Not talk about. Let's enforce the laws already on the books. Thirdly, I happen to believe that we can promote the path to citizenship that's already there. We simply need to clean up much of the bureaucracy that's preventing people from being inspired to come through the front door. And fourthly, what I would do with those illegal aliens that are already here, empower the states to do what the federal government can't do, hasn't done, and will not do.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "Yes, we must secure the border with whatever means necessary. Secondly, enforce the laws that are there. Thirdly, promote the path to citizenship that’s already there. We have a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. It’s called legal immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: We’re in a Spending Nightmare. 19 September 2010. "Harry Reid has added an amnesty provision to a defense appropriations bill. First, it is totally illogical to attach an amnesty amendment to this bill. And calling it the 'Dream Act' does not mitigate the billions of dollars it would add to the spending nightmare we are in right now. Secondly, Reid’s amendment is clearly a desperate attempt to try to attract Hispanic voters in the upcoming November elections. It rewards the children of illegal immigrants who have managed to stay in this country long enough without getting deported. And of course, we would not want to punish the children just because their parents came to this country illegally as the liberals would argue." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Political Class Tells Working Class: Here’s Your Immigration Bill. 18 June 2007. "It is not acceptable to allow millions and millions of illegal immigrants to add additional strain to our already strained health care and Social Security systems. And it is not acceptable to pass a bill that will be an incentive for others to sneak into this country and wait for the next amnesty bill that’s not amnesty.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Issue Position: Fix the Immigration Problems. 24 May 2011. "We must secure our borders, enforce our laws and promote the existing path to citizenship. Protecting our nation's sovereignty should be a paramount concern of those elected to lead us, not an afterthought or a reaction once the problem becomes even worse. Further, taking a stand on the issue does not mean one lacks compassion, but instead, that one respects the rule of law and the importance of not becoming a lawless nation." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Same-Sex Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Herman Cain on Abortion and Gay Marriage. 19 July 2011. "I am pro-life from conception. I believe in traditional marriage. [...] I believe that is a decision that should be made by individual states." (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
  • Herman Cain. Politics Daily: Herman Cain Would Focus on Economy, National Security as President. 13 January 2011. "I will not sign any legislation that is going to weaken traditional marriage, but I am not going to make getting a constitutional amendment on traditional marriage the centerpiece or the leading issue of my administration." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. They Think You're Stupid: Why Democrats Lost Your Vote and What Republicans Must Do to Keep It. Stroud and Hall: 2005, 90. “The gay rights struggle involves altering the established moral principle of marriage as the union between one man and one woman. If you begin with the moral principle that marriage is between one man and one woman, they are asking the nation to alter their moral principles to accommodate a civil behavior. When society lowers its moral ideals, it goes adrift, and it will drift into oblivion. [...] When people learn the facts about social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage and the negative impact they have on our nation, the Democrats lose more support for their radical agendas.”
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Herman Cain. Hermanator’s Intelligent Thinkers Movement (HITM): Key Issues. 25 May 2011. "Restructure Social Security with personal retirement accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. CNN 'Republican Debate' - Transcript. 13 June 2011. "Let's fix the problem and that is to restructure Social Security. I support a personal retirement account option in order to phase out the current system. We know that this works." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Republican Debate at the Reagan Presidential Library. 7 September 2011. “I happen to believe that yes, Social Security, it needs fixing, not continuing to talk about it. I believe in the Chilean model, where you give a personal retirement account option so we can move this society from an entitlement society to an empowerment society.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. CNN "CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate." 12 September 2011. “Start with optional personal retirement accounts. In 1981, the Galveston County employees, they opted out because that was a very short window of opportunity. They took it. Today, when people retire in Galveston County, Texas, they retire making at least 50 percent more than they would ever get out of Social Security.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Herman's Weekly Commentary: Social Security Scam Keeps On Ticking. 17 May 2006. "First, members of Congress must stop denying Social Security faces a solvency crisis. To deny the solvency crisis is literally akin to denying that the sun rises in the east. Second, all members of Congress must end the raid on the surplus and pass the DeMint amendment. Third Congress must pass HR 1776, 'The Ryan-Sununu Social Security Personal Savings Guarantee and Prosperity Act.' HR 1776 would allow workers to divert a portion of their forced payroll tax contributions to a personal retirement account they own and control. In 75 years the entire system would be solvent, without having to reduce benefits or raise taxes. The need for 'new batteries' to fix our dysfunctional Social Security system is painfully obvious to those of us not in denial." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. GOP Presidential Forum. 5 September 2011. “I believe in a personal retirement account approach. The country Chile, they had the same problem nearly 30 years ago. They went to an optional personal retirement account approach and they now have individual retirement accounts for their workers.” (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. Separate Water Fountains. 24 May 2011. "At least with separate water fountains blacks and whites each had water to drink. If we start now, we can end the discrimination in Social Security by demanding that Congress enact an optional system of personal retirement accounts. If we do not act now, there will be only one retirement water fountain for our grandchildren. It will not be marked 'White' or 'Colored.' It will be marked 'Out of Order' for all of them." (votesmart.org)
  • Herman Cain. CBS News - Herman Cain Interview - Transcript. 9 June 2011. "I believe that we've got to restructure Social Security along the lines of the Chilean model. Which is a personal retirement account option. I didn't say privatize, for those that want to demagogue the idea. I said personalization. That means like they did in Chile. You give workers the option. Option, to be able to put a portion of your Social-- your FICA tax into a personal account with your name on it, that's your money, not the government's. And you still have to help fund those that are already on Social Security, until it phases itself out." (votesmart.org)

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