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Herman Cain: Focus on Winning Senate, not on GOP Schisms

Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 05:08 PM

By Greg Richter and Kathleen Walter

Herman Cain was known for his “9-9-9” plan during his 2012 presidential bid. His new number is 60-218.

That’s how many members are needed in the Senate and House, respectively, to slow down the “onslaught” of President Barack Obama’s agenda, Cain tells Newsmax TV.

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Rather than focusing on schisms between the Republican establishment and conservatives, Cain says the party should instead worry about getting 60 senators who will “listen to the people.”

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“Right now, we’ve got almost 100 senators that aren’t listening to the people. That’s the big disconnect,” Cain told Newsmax. “Two-hundred and eighteen members of Congress, conservatives will still control the House. Sixty would give us control of the Senate, for two years after that they would be able to dramatically slow down the onslaught by this president and this administration.”

Cain is currently a radio talk show host at Atlanta’s WSV and spoke to Newsmax TV while attending the Job Creators Alliance Free Enterprise Leadership Summit in Florida.

He said the secret weapons for conservative employers is educating their employees and taking a different tack in reaching out to minorities.

“I happen to believe … that we have too many uninformed or no-information voters and many of our own employees really don’t understand the business model of the company that they work for, and many of them do not understand the business model in general,” the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said.

In reaching out to minorities, Cain suggests a three-point plan: “Talk about removing the barriers to education, talk about removing the barriers to economic growth, and that starts with replacing the tax code. And thirdly, talk about how people can achieve ownership,” he said. “That’s what everybody in America wants, and it’s not about color.”

Cain disputes the White House’s claims that the economy is improving.

“I don’t call four-tenths of a percent in the last quarter of last year good economic growth,” Cain tells Newsmax. “We need to be growing north of 2.5 and 3 percent. We’re not, nowhere near.”

Businesses are reluctant to expand, Cain said, because the full impact of Obamacare is still unknown. And he said he’s talked to doctors who intend to retire early because of Medicare cuts.

“That’s frightening,” Cain said. And he sees no end in sight because the Obama administration isn’t changing it’s policies. “More of the same is going to produce more of the same.”

Republicans, he said, should focus on doing what’s right, regardless of whether their bills pass the Senate. “That’s what people want to see even though they don’t control both houses of Congress.”

Cain said he supports Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration proposal of securing the border, cleaning up the bureaucratic process, and establishing a pathway to citizenship. On gun control, he expects expanded background checks to pass, but not sweeping legislation that would cause Second Amendment concerns since members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, have to run for re-election in districts that don’t favor restricting bans on guns and ammunition clips.

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