Herman Cain Officially Commences the 2012 Campaign Season

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Chances are you've never heard of him, but if you've ever bitten into a slice of Godfather's Pizza (there are none in New York City) you have experienced his work. He's Herman Cain, a former Godfather's CEO and a current talk-radio host in Atlanta, and, it turns out, today he became the first person in this late-developing campaign season to form a presidential exploratory committee. Cain isn't entirely new to politics — he briefly considered running for president in 2000 before becoming the campaign co-chairman for Steve Forbes, and received 26.2 percent of the vote in an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination in Georgia's 2004 Senate race. But he does boast an almost complete lack of name recognition — only 20 percent of typically politically attuned Iowa Republicans have heard of him, according to a recent poll. As he tells CNN, though, that kind of thing doesn't bother him.


"People who say that Herman Cain has no chance of winning the nomination for the Republican Party or win the in presidency - I simply say thank you. Because all my life I have been in situations where I wasn't supposed to become VP of Pillsbury, I wasn't supposed to be able to turn Godfather's Pizza around. I wasn't supposed to succeed in climbing the corporate ladder in corporate America. So to the people who say I don't have a chance I say, thank you. Because that inspires me."

You have no chance of winning. You're welcome.

Herman Cain talks to CNN on announcing presidential exploratory committee [CNN]