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Herman Cain quotes

I ran for president in order to be able to try to change Washington D.C. from the inside. Our federal government is broken.

One of the things that I did before I ran for president is I was a professional speaker. Not a motivational speaker - an inspirational speaker. Motivation comes from within. You have to be inspired. That's what I do. I inspire people, I inspire the public, I inspire my staff. I inspired the organizations I took over to want to succeed.

I do not believe abortion should be legal.

Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks. If you don't have a job and you are not rich, blame yourself!

The one thing that the President can do is to establish a real energy independence plan. We have all the recources we need right here in this country to establish energy independence if we had the leadership.

I'm not a professional politician. I'm a professional problem solver, and I believe we should cut the salaries of senators and congressmen 10 percent until they balance the budget. I call that conservative common sense.

Most of the people who are in elective office in Washington, D.C., they have held public office before. How's that workin' for you?

It's time to get real, folks. Hope and change ain't working. Hope and change is not a solution. Hope and change is not a job.

In order to fix Social Security, we must restructure it so that we continue to provide for our Nation's seniors that are approaching retirement age, but allow for younger taxpayers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in private accounts.

Stupid people are ruining America.

I am an American. Black. Conservative. I don't use African-American, because I'm American, I'm black and I'm conservative. I don't like people trying to label me. African- American is socially acceptable for some people, but I am not some people.

They call me racist too just because I disagree with a President who happens to be black. You are not racists - you are patriots.

It is not someone's fault if they succeeded, it is someone's fault if they failed.

People sometimes hold themselves back because they want to use racism as an excuse for them not being able to achieve what they want to achieve.

The Democrats co-opted the credit for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But if you go back and look at the history, a larger percentage of Republicans voted for that than did Democrats. But a Democrat president signed it, so they co-opted credit for having passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Americans need accurate information in order to consider Social Security reform. Too bad the media can't be counted upon to provide it.

I didn't know I was a conservative when it didn't matter to me growing up.

I would have to have people totally committed to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of this United States. And many of the Muslims, they are not totally dedicated to this country. They are not dedicated to our Constitution. Many of them are trying to force Sharia law on the people of this country.

Let me tell you what the Cain Doctrine would be, as it relates to Israel if I were president. You mess with Israel, you are messing with the United States of America!

We need to lower tax rates for everybody, starting with the top corporate tax rate. We need to simplify the tax code. The ultimate answer, in my opinion, is the fair tax, which is a fair tax for everybody, because as long as we still have this messed-up tax code, the politicians are going to use it to reward winners and losers.