GOP's Cain Not Typical Presidential Candidate

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One of the Republicans who wants to replace President Barack Obama in the White House is businessman Herman Cain. He's not mentioned on the list of GOP candidates, but that could change.

Cain isn't a career politician. He's a Tea Party member, a Baptist preacher and the former chief executive officer of Godfather's Pizza. He calls himself "the common sense candidate" and told CBN News Americans are fed up with the same old ways in which Washington does its political business.

"They're sick and tired of being sick and tired of the same old stuff which is nothing ever gets solved," Cain said.

Cain spends a lot of time in Iowa, the first stop in the 2012 presidential race. He's preaching a fiscal conservative message of repealing Obamacare, returning to the gold standard and restructuring entitlement programs.

One of his themes is emphasizing our country's Judeo-Christian heritage.

"They don't like it when the president omits 'endowed by their creator' from reciting the Declaration of Independence," Cain explained.

"Do you believe that was intentional by the president?" CBN News asked Cain.

"I believe it was intentional, because he's done it three times," he responded.

"Now with all of his teleprompters -- how could you not put that in there?" Cain asked. "No. I believe it was intentional."

His message is starting to resonate. He recently won a recent Tea Party straw poll and, a major conservative website, declared him the winner of their reader poll.

"I hadn't really heard Mr. Cain speak before and I was quite impressed with his credentials," one evangelical voter said.

Political strategist Ralph Reed believes Cain can get traction, especially if former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin don't get in the race.

"If neither runs, I think you could look for a Herman Cain, a Rick Santorum and maybe other candidates to really break off right tackle," Reed said.

Cain has overcome bigger hurdles.

"God has done some magnificent things with my life," Cain said.

Five years ago, he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

"I only had a 30 percent chance of survival," he said. "God said, 'Herman not yet'."

Also, the businessman says he saw signs of God's involvement along the way. The names of his doctor and nurse were Jesus-driven.

"His name is Dr. Lord," Cain recalled. "I said, What? L-O-R-D? Yes."

"A lady named Grace," he added. "My wife and I looked at each other and I said, 'Thank you Lord.' He's with me on this journey."

Also, his surgeon was a Christian from Lebanon and told Cain how he would remove all the cancer with just one incision.

"'I'm going to start in your sternum and I'm going to make an incision in the shape of a 'J,'" Cain said. "As in J-E-S-U-S? He said, 'Yes. A Jesus cut.'"

The Republican field of candidates is about to encounter the "Hermanator."

"They're going to have to deal with Herman Cain," Cain said.

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