Herman Cain has been rising up the polls in recent days, and he joined Glenn on radio this morning to talk about his candidacy for 2012. Mr. Cain was pretty impressive and his 9-9-9 tax policy even had Glenn breaking out the Barry White, a ritual usually reserved for the Chris Christie conservative porn.
“You notice I don’t give generic answers to some of these big things that we face. I talk about solutions. And this 9‑9‑9 economic growth and jobs plan has resonated with people. I’m talking about people who are out working every day, they are here one time and they get it,” Cain told Glenn.
“Can I tell you something? I have to tell you, the first time I heard your 9‑9‑9 thing,” Glenn said as Barry White started to play over the airwaves. “I am absolutely in. It makes total sense.”
“It first throws out the entire tax code,” Cain said. “Throw out the tax code. That’s where we start. And then we pass the 9% business flat tax, 9% personal income flat tax, and a 9% national sales tax.”
“Here’s the other thing, Glenn. There are no loopholes. See, if you look at Romney’s plan, if you look at Newt’s, with all due respect, they pivot off the tax code. This has no loopholes, all businesses are treated the same. Small businesses, Subchapter S, sub corps, no loopholes,” Cain added.
Glenn and Cain also talked about Cain’s time in the Federal Reserve. Cain agreed that the Fed was hurting America, and promised that Congressional legislation would help clip the wings of the organization.
“Congress has the power to narrow back the mission of the Federal Reserve. That’s what we need to do,” Cain emphasized.
And what does Cain think of the protests on Wall Street?
“First of all, the Wall Street protestors are anti‑capitalism. The Wall Street protestors represent in my opinion ‑‑ I don’t have factual information. It is an attempt to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration and so they want to blame the fat cats, they want to blame Wall Street for the fact that $14 million people are still out of work. They want to blame the fat cats for the fact that this economy is not growing when it is all the responsibility because of failed policies of President Obama and his administration. That’s all this is.”
Cain also addressed his stance on several foreign policy issues, including his stance on Israel and Libya.
“Let’s start with the fact that I have a philosophy of foreign policy, and I’ll give you an example of how I’m going to apply this. First, my philosophy of foreign policy is an extension of the Reagan policy which is peace through strength. My philosophy is peace through strength and clarity. We need to clarify who our friends are, clarify who our enemies are and stop giving money to our enemies,” Cain said.
“The other thing that we would do is go through this clarification of just who are our friends is we let the rest of the few go including our enemies that we are going to stand with our friends. This is my approach to foreign policy. This president has made it very ambiguous in terms of where the United States stands with Israel. I have made it very clear that United States will stand for Israel with my statement: If you mess with Israel, you’re messing with the United States of America.”
On Libya, Cain said, “Libya is in transition. I would need to know from our people, our intelligence agencies what is the status and what is our best route right now. On the surface, Glenn, it looks like we ought to just get out of there but I’m not sure of that because I don’t have enough information right now to make that decision. What I do know is that the Muslim Brotherhood has positioned itself for a much bigger role in what ultimately the government turns out to be.”