Cain: Rep. West 'Excellent Choice' for VP

Monday, 09 Apr 2012 12:17 PM

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Former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain thinks Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., would be “an excellent choice” for vice president. Cain’s endorsement follows similar suggestions last week by Sarah Palin and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Cain, appearing on The Steve Gill Show, was asked by the Nashville radio host who he would suggest for vice president, should front-runner Mitt Romney ask. Cain answered without hesitation, “Allen West out of Florida.”

“He is well-spoken, he is direct, people in Florida love him, he has a huge following,” Cain said. “He is from Florida; Florida is going to be one of those key states. But more importantly Colonel Allen West is a dedicated patriot. He served in the military and he is willing to serve his country some more.

“I know that there might be some pushback on his part because he’s just in his first term as a United States congressman but my advice to him, if he were to ask me, is you served your country well and now you have a higher calling and I would strongly recommend that he consider it depending upon any personal consideration he might have.”

Cain added, “I think he would be an excellent choice.”

Following suggestions by Haley and Palin that he would be good for the No. 2 spot on the Republican ticket, West told CNN that he was humbled and  would almost certainly “step up to the plate” if asked.

West said, if asked, he would have to discuss the matter with his family but noted his family has a long tradition of service. West’s father served in World War II. West spent 22 years in the Army before retiring as a lieutenant colonel, including tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and he currently has a nephew in the Army.

Asked whether he would be able to work with Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the GOP presidential race, West told CNN he was confident they could work out any differences.

“We would be able to come together as a team and turn this ship of state around for the United States of America,” he said.

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