Herman Cain: 'I'll Stand with Israel if Elected'

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THE GOLAN HEIGHTS -- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, a strong supporter of Israel, told CBN News he'll stand with the Jewish state if he's elected president.

Cain recently toured the Holy Land, getting a chance to see many biblical sites for the first time.

"It is breathtaking to actually see it come alive in terms of this beautiful area. It will be an experience that I'll never forget," Cain said while overlooking the Sea of Galilee,

CBN News spoke with Cain as he rode from the Sea of Galilee through the strategic Golan Heights. We asked him why he wants to be president.

"I want to be president because we cannot wait. We have a serious deficiency of leadership and I happen to believe that I have been uniquely prepared all my life to be in that responsibility. So I feel compelled to run," Cain responded.

Cain said prayer played a big role in his decision.

"Yes, I talked to my wife about it after she started speaking to me again. When I first mentioned this, she didn't speak to me about this subject for awhile," he recalled.

"But then she finally came around and we talked about it. But prayer played an important role," Cain added.

Cain compares his prayers to run for president to the role prayer played when he survived stage four liver cancer. His doctors had given him a 30 percent chance of survival. He beat those odds.

But many give Cain even less of a chance of becoming president.

"Well, if cancer couldn't kill me, as Neil Cavuto says, I'll probably become president. My life has been against the odds," he said.

"The biggest challenges I've faced in my life have always been against the odds. So what's the difference about running for president?" Cain asked.

Cain pointed to his business experience in turning around failing companies, like Godfather's Pizza.

He lacks foreign policy experience, but he argues President Obama is overseeing a failed foreign policy.

"How did he handle our getting into Libya? He came up with a concept called "Leading from behind." That's not leading," he said.

"Americans don't want to lead from behind. We're either in it to win it or don't get in it. Write that down," he said.

During his visit to Israel, Cain also learned about the historic battle during the 1973 Yom Kippur War known today at The Valley of Tears. More than 1,000 Syrian tanks outnumbered and outgunned two dozen Israeli tanks. But the Israelis held their ground.

Cain said in any future war, Israel would find him a trusted ally.

"Quite frankly, I want the world to know that if Israel is invaded, the United States is going to be there with her. That's how strong that I want a relationship with Israel," he said.

The next few months will determine if Cain will build a strong relationship with Israel as a private citizen or as the next president of the United States.

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