Still revered by economic conservatives who loved his "9-9-9" tax reform plan, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO will replace Atlanta based talk show host Neal Boortz this January. Cain is now in the third week of his 30-day, 30-city Truth Tour, which came to the Waterside Marriott hotel in Tampa on Wednesday afternoon.
Cain told a ballroom full of about 150 people that his mission is to set them straight and countervail what he deemed the, "mainstream, lamestream, laptog media," which he said is full of slanted information, distortions and outright lies.
In that category are CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN, but not MSNBC, who he said doesn't even deserve to be mentioned.
Arthur Laffer and local businessman Don Phillips preceded Cain, as did a short film titled, "Free Enterprise at a Turning Point," which set the stage for the Tea Party activist. It featured quick shots of conservative bogeymen George Soros and Michael Moore, as well as President Obama in a clip saying, "the private sector is fine."
You may not agree with him (though the crowd of believers undoubtedly did), but Cain is an entertaining stage presence, modulating his voice at times, and yelling loudly at others — after one particular exuberant bit he said he had to calm down, and that his wife told him he doesn't want to come across as an "angry black man."
Part of his Truth Tour has been holding breakfasts with pastors, lunches with "job creators," and speaking at college campuses at night (on Tuesday he spoke at the University of Miami).
Cain told the so-called job creators that they need to speak to their employees and set them straight; particularly if the employees are "low information voters," who he said, unfortunately, buy into what the mainstream, lamestream, laptop dog media tells them.
Occasionally, Cain contradicted himself. He told the story about a person who called in to his radio show, referring to him as a Republican, and then a conservative. Cain said he erupted on the air, claiming it was time to strip away such labels. Then he said he told the caller that he was an "ABC," an American black conservative, "So don't you try to label me, "I'll label myself!"
For all the derision regarding "9-9-9," it's certainly what gave him cache with Republicans obsessed with changing the tax code.
You might recall that the beginning of the end of his short reign as a GOP front-runner began when he started whiffing on foreign policy questions on Sunday talk shows. His tough talk on Wednesday didn't change the perception that was baked in during his campaign run.
Discussing the unrest in the Middle East, Cain said the mob rally that took the life of U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, would not have happened if he were the commander in chief.
"If I was president it never would have happened in the first place," he declared, adding that his foreign policy philosophy would be an extension of Ronald Reagan's peace through strength, adding clarity to the mix.
"Two things our enemies understand is M&M," he said, not referring to the famed candy, but to money and military might.
"You kill one of our ambassadors, it's really clear that we're not going to let you get away with that!"
So what was Cain's take on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's announcement that the Fed will purchase additional agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion per month to support a stronger economic recover, also known as third phase of quantitative easing, or QE3?
"QE3 sucks," he said flatly.
And about the presidential polls, which recently have shown Barack Obama to hold small but solid leads in most national surveys?
"They're being manipulated," he countered, quoting his friend Dick Morris' thoughts that such polls are using 2008 models when it comes to the participation of blacks, Latinos and young people in this November's contest.
Cain said the president's public support for same sex marriage is "backfiring," and that he knows a lot of black pastors who are not going to support the president.
The Cain Truth Tour continues Thursday at the University of Florida campus.