Herman Cain was as feisty as ever when he addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of the Republican Party faithful. The former presidential contender accused the Obama administration of deceiving the American public by manipulating unemployment numbers to trick people into believing that the economy is in recovery.
“I can count. And I also know when they have manipulated the numbers to create whatever number they want,” he said Thursday. “The real unemployment rate is 15 percent.”
Cain dropped out of the Republican primary in December because of allegations of sexual impropriety, but he appeared to forget about that and his plummeting poll numbers when he provided a different explanation for his exit: gutter politics and a decision to put family first. Cain told the jam-packed room that following the “character assassination” launched against him, “the Obama people” thought he’d run for cover.
According to Cain, the U.S. is a nation of crises, the worst of which is a deficiency-of-leadership crisis.
“We need another revolution in this country. But we won’t need bombs and bullets, not this time. It’ll be brains and ballots at the ballot box,” he said. “We must outsmart the liberals. We must outsmart the stupid people that are trying to ruin America.”
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