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Cain: I'm Winging It At CPAC


Talk show host Herman Cain speaks during a press conference by the Tea Party Express at the National Press Club Aug. 4, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)(Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Roughly two hours before businessman Herman Cain is scheduled to take the stage at CPAC, he still doesn't know exactly what he's going to say.

Cain told Hotline on Call that he prefers when giving major speeches to let the audience dictate his message, a free-wheeling style that's practically unheard of among presidential hopefuls.

"I have some idea of what I'm going to say, of course," Cain said, laughing. "My outline is in my mind. I already know the first 80 percent of what I'm gonna talk about, but that last 20 percent I don't figure out until after I get in front of the audience. I like to get a feel for the audience and read their reaction to certain things, and based upon their reaction I'll decide where to go next."

Beyond that, Cain said he's the only one of the potential GOP presidential nominees who will deliver his speech to CPAC without using notes -- and he's proud of it. "I speak so much that I really don't need any help," Cain said. "I don't use notes, I don't use a script and I don't need a teleprompter."

"All of these speakers you see on stage have a prop," Cain said. "It might be a full speech; it might be an outline of notes. I'm going to be the only speaker at CPAC who walks out there with nothing. Watch me."

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