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January 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Hitching a ride on the Cain Train

Herman Cain schools reporters on what American people care about in the press room.

CHARLESTON–Herman Cain fancies himself a man of the people. He preaches, rather than speaks. With his booming baritone, knotted eyebrows and bold gesticulations, Cain’s every word is punctuated with a call to action. No matter who the candidate is, someone needs to keep the voters inspired…and Cain’s nominated himself for the job.

Of course, not everyone wants a performance artist for a public servant. Especially, when his nonsensical campaign videos go viral and his geographical understanding includes imaginary places with an excess of “stan”s. I certainly didn’t take his candidacy seriously. His appeal was a mystery to me.

Not to Nancy McKnew, a boisterous retiree from Georgia. She loved Herman Cain from the very first time she saw him speak. She was very sad to see him drop out.

“He stood for what we stood for,” she said. “He just made sense—which is rare.”

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