Herman Cain Wants to Be America’s Second Black President

But don’t judge him by the first one, he says.

Posted: 03/18/2011 04:38 PM EDT
Filed Under Barack Obama

Herman Cain, the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, who is considering a bid to become president of the U.S. is making a habit of delivering controversial statements and taking jabs at President Obama. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network Friday morning, Cain said that Obama intentionally avoids mentioning God in his speeches when he cites the Declaration of Independence.

“I have been able to get the pulse of the American people of not only what’s in their head but what’s in their heart. What’s in their heart is they love this country. They love the values upon which this country was founded and they don’t like it when the President omits endowed by their creator from reciting the Declaration of Independence,” Cain said.

Currently host of a self-titled radio show in Atlanta, he has developed an exploratory committee website to “determine how God wants me to best serve our great nation.” Cain, 65, in 2004 unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, where he resides.

Despite the loss and his lack of political experience, Cain is a conservative favorite. Last year, he spoke at more than 40 Tea Party rallies.

He also predicts that an energy crisis looms over the U.S. “Yes! An energy crisis is coming! Because we have shut down the development of the energy resources we have right here in the United States of America,” he wrote on his site.

He has also taken aim at Planned Parenthood, accusing the health-care provider of seeking to stem the birth of Black babies.  “Here's why I support de-funding Planned Parenthood, because you don't hear a lot of people talking about this, when Margaret Sanger--check my history--started Planned Parenthood, the objective was to put these centers in primarily Black communities so they could help kill black babies before they came into the world," he told CNSNews.com on Tuesday, during a speech delivered to at the Heritage Foundation.

Next week Cain will join fellow Tea Party loyalists Reps. Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul in Iowa to address a group that advocates home schooling, the Des Moines Register reports. In addition, he’s been invited to deliver a keynote address at the uber-conservative PA Leadership Conference in April.

In December, Cain won a readers’ poll for 2012 GOP nominee on the conservative Website redstate.com, winning 800 more votes than former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. And although it is unlikely that he will win the Republican nomination for president, he’s sure to keep the race interesting while he’s in. Just this week he said that Barack Obama’s presidency could hurt his chances.    

“Now people are over this first Black president thing. But there are some people who will say, ‘I’m not going to vote for another Black guy because this one didn’t work out,” he told a New Hampshire newspaper, the Union Leader. “Don’t condemn me because the first Black one was bad.”       

(Photo by AP Photo/The Arlington Heights Daily Herald, Mark Welsh)