Speaking to reporters at an Americans for Tax Reform lunch Wednesday, Herman Cain demonstrated some of the flair that has made him a popular conservative talk radio host. The long-time businessman opened his remarks by stating "No, I'm not a Democrat, just because I'm black."
He added: "Being politically correct is not one of my strengths." Cain repeatedly referred to the Democrats' health care plan as the "health care deform bill," and at one point during the session referred to "Barackracy."
Cain, who is likely to run for president, laid out a fairly typical Republican platform: lower taxes, shrink the government, and reduce the deficit. He also came out in favor of House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's budget plan. "Philosophically, most of us are not that far apart on the issues," he said.
Cain has said President Obama should release his birth certificate to prove he's a citizen, which the president did today. Does he believe it's the real one? "I have no idea, and frankly, I don't care," Cain said.
The former Godfather's Pizza CEO has not yet committed to debating in South Carolina, although he indicated that if other candidates showed up, he would too. Cain also said that he was "weeks away from making a final decision" on a campaign, and indicated he was likely to run.