Herman Cain was sharp in Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library. Though the fight was clearly between Romney and Perry, Cain held his own and shaped the dialogue.
Focusing on solutions rather than rhetoric, the Georgia business executive moved the conversation away from the bitter bickering between the former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas.
At times the debate seemed to take Cain’s lead to offer solutions rather than follow the questions posed by moderators who focused on the fumbled leadership of Perry and Romney.
Cain offered up his “9-9-9” plan of replacing the federal tax with a 9 percent sales tax, 9 percent income tax and a 9 percent corporate tax. With this proposal, Cain received much applause the audience at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.
In response to House Republicans’ demand that funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency be eliminated unless it is offset by spending cuts in other areas, Cain said, “I believe that there is enough money to go around. Don’t eliminate FEMA. Let’s fix FEMA, let’s fix it.”
While many candidates demonized the Mexican/American border troubles by exploiting the topic of drug wars to justify a lock out of immigrants, Cain steered toward the fix. Again, Cain’s focus was solving the problem. “Let’s promote the path to citizenship that is already there,” Cain said. “Let’s empower the states to solve the problem.”
With regard to corporate taxes and complaints that the current federal code allows General Electric to pay no taxes, Cain stated, “This is why I propose my 9-9-9 plan. It levels the playing field for all.” He went on to say that America should not pick and choose who pays and who does not.
Although the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination attacked each other for past policies and gaffs, they all agreed that their No. 1 duty as members of the GOP is defeat President Barack Obama in 2012.