Herman Cain, live at the National Press Club

posted at 3:25 pm on October 31, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Herman Cain this afternoon spoke live and answered questions at the National Press Club, reiterating his statements earlier today to Fox News’ Jenna Lee. Here’s the first bit of his speech, via the NYT:

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And here are the musical moments of his speech that have some on Twitter proclaiming he’s won not only the GOP nomination, but the actual election. I’m with Anchoress and James Pethokoukis on this one. He didn’t win the election, but he certainly helped himself:

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Krauthammer was right: Cain will be the entertainment candidate.

NickDeringer on October 31, 2011 at 3:28 PM

I guess the presidency is an American Idol competition.

lorien1973 on October 31, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Mark Block looks po’d in that clip of herman singing… must not have a cigarette nearby

gatorboy on October 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Excellent!

Prediction: Cain will improve his polling after this.

Norwegian on October 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Very nice singer, hes a nice normal guy, ergo he doesnt have a prayer.

nswider on October 31, 2011 at 3:33 PM

A little pitchy.

Ronnie on October 31, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Him singing put a huge smile on my face.

nickj116 on October 31, 2011 at 3:34 PM

A little pitchy.

Ronnie on October 31, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Second video too.

Ronnie on October 31, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Krauthammer was right: Cain will be the entertainment candidate.

NickDeringer on October 31, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Inching to put that comment, but people with commonsense will admire a man under adversity rising above it all with a song. I’m liking Cain more and more. Maybe he is able.

milemarker2020 on October 31, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Excellent!

Prediction: Cain will improve his polling after this.

Norwegian on October 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM

lol.. yeah sure – since good news travels as fast and as far as salacious gossip

gatorboy on October 31, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Stay strong Mr. Cain, the vultures are circling…

d1carter on October 31, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I guess the presidency is an American Idol competition.

lorien1973 on October 31, 2011 at 3:28 PM

It always has been…at least since TV made it into every household…you think Obama made it on his merits?

right2bright on October 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Herb is lying through his teeth. You Cain Brain Drain’s are in denial. He is not what he seems and you all got conned by folksy humor and soaring rhetoric….

Just like Obama conned the independents in ’08.

bigred on October 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Heads exploding! I love it!

The best comment I read so far was from someone at Lucianne.com, which said, “Even the PC Press Club can’t intimidate a liberated soul.”

Before it’s all over, even the “conservative” DC media (and maybe some others) will be shown for the snotty metrosexual hypocrites that they are.

DaydreamBeliever on October 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Cain can belt out a song and Perry can’t string two coherent thoughts together.

csdeven on October 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

If breaking out in song can be the turning point of a man’s presidential campaign I am extremely worried about my country, but not that I wasn’t already over liberal leg thrills from Obama’s speeches.

Mark1971 on October 31, 2011 at 3:39 PM

That right there my friends…

… is the picture of a man comfortable in his own skin.

I am liking him more and more everyday…

… He makes Mittens look like a meth fiend.

Seven Percent Solution on October 31, 2011 at 3:42 PM

bigred on October 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Your ability to discern human character is woefully distorted.

pambi on October 31, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Herb is lying through his teeth.

bigred on October 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Linky please…

Seven Percent Solution on October 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

It definitely helps. I hope this clip gets msm coverage, which it won’t.

keep the change on October 31, 2011 at 3:45 PM

My GAWD! Alan Keyes! Please NOOOOOO

conservador on October 31, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Herb is lying through his teeth. You Cain Brain Drain’s are in denial. He is not what he seems and you all got conned by folksy humor and soaring rhetoric….

Just like Obama conned the independents in ’08.

bigred on October 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Links?

Bill C on October 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Herman Cain Sings: Songs of Inspiration $14.95 at WalMart, Amazon & wherever fine music is sold.

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Hey! Only liberal Steven King is allowed to portray blacks as spiritual, magical beings!

Ben Hur on October 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I guess the presidency is an American Idol competition.

lorien1973 on October 31, 2011 at 3:28 PM

How Sing Your Way out of a Scandal by Herman Cain: $12.95 Paperpack at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

… He makes Mittens look like a meth fiend.

Seven Percent Solution on October 31, 2011 at 3:42 PM

What? lol. Ive heard a lot of things about Romney. Meth Fiend is not one of them.

nswider on October 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

i’m speechless beyond “please nominate this clown.”

sesquipedalian on October 31, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Amazing! Way to go Cain!

tinkerthinker on October 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Herman Cain Sings: Songs of Inspiration $14.95 at WalMart, Amazon & wherever fine music is sold.

portlandon on October 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

He needs to put out a Christmas CD. I have been looking for something to replace my worn copy of William Hung’s “Hung for the Holidays”.

Kataklysmic on October 31, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Let’s see Obama do that.

NeoKong on October 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Holy Karaoke!

If Cain gets the nomination, he can challenge Obama to a sing-off instead of a debate.

hepcat on October 31, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Holy Karaoke!

If Cain gets the nomination, he can challenge Obama to a sing-off instead of a debate.

hepcat on October 31, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Cain–Amazing Grace

obama- muslim prayers

tinkerthinker on October 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM

… He makes Mittens look like a meth fiend.

Seven Percent Solution on October 31, 2011 at 3:42 PM

/snort

uptinkles

MNHawk on October 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM

This reminds of what a clod Hillary Clinton is compared to Condi Rice, a talented classical pianist who on several occasions put her talents to use for international political goodwill.

DaydreamBeliever on October 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM

There are rumors that there may be a pattern of questionable behavior. I hope that is all it is, but if not, he is toast and I will be very disappointed.

bopbottle on October 31, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Let’s see Obama do that.

NeoKong on October 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Do singers use teleprompters?

Darksean on October 31, 2011 at 4:02 PM

i’m speechless beyond “please nominate this clown.”

sesquipedalian on October 31, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Change of plan. Back to concern troll mode, as leftist trash will do anything, other than run on their own ideas.

Chump.

MNHawk on October 31, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 31, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Agreed.

Cain functions very professionally and comfortably down to earth while under pressure. Good for him.

I would note however, that this talent of Cain’s, to speak convincingly as sincere while NOT being truthful, happened in debate.

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:05 PM

i’m speechless beyond “please nominate this clown.”

sesquipedalian on October 31, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Racist.

mankai on October 31, 2011 at 4:08 PM

i’m speechless beyond “please nominate this clown.”

sesquipedalian on October 31, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Funny. That’s what we all said in ’92 when Bubba pulled out his saxophone. The joke was on us.

Kataklysmic on October 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

This Cain vocal impromptu was sung to the O Danny Boy melody.

I don’t doubt Cain’s sincerity through song, calling on Amazing Grace. And I wouldn’t inhibit Cain’s grasp on grace. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

maverick muse on October 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

His appearance will be rerun in its entirety on CSPN tonight @ 8pm ET.
Also available @ cspan.org/videolibrary.

pambi on October 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Do singers use teleprompters?

Darksean on October 31, 2011 at 4:02 PM

No, but he can use a Karaoke monitor.

mkm19602000 on October 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Cain is unflappable. It’s been a long time since we had a candidate who didn’t spend all day, every day, trying to divine the desires of the press corps, and stuffing his true opinions into their mold.

I’m willing to vote for him, as we could use a real person in the White House instead of some politician.

hawksruleva on October 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

What a beautiful moment. Not the singing, though that was quite good.

A beautiful moment because this candidate for President sang unashamedly about his love and devotion to Jesus Christ. A beautiful moment because the song was one of humility before God.

Every time I see a clip or hear a speech, I am more and more impressed by this man.

bonnie_ on October 31, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Incidents of sexual harassment in a workplace – no matter how high profile – are personal matters to be handled within the family.

*points at democrats – including lib feminists “From you!! I learned it from watching YOU!!!”

RDuke on October 31, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Cain was the ONLY one present in that room who wasn’t uptight !!
He even said to the guy asking the questions (name??): you could smile once or twice, y’know ?
He then turned to someone off camera for a high-five.
I thought that was pretty cool… LOL.

Watch the entire thing, folks.

pambi on October 31, 2011 at 5:00 PM

will admire a man under adversity rising above it all with a song. I’m liking Cain more and more. Maybe he is able.

milemarker2020 on October 31, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Ray Charles rose above adversity with a song too….but that doesn’t make him presidential material.

I’m worried about the hyperbole coming out of the Cain camp over this issue….nobody knows nuthin.

monique on October 31, 2011 at 5:04 PM

I guess the presidency is an American Idol competition.

lorien1973 on October 31, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Bill Clinton and the sax. It started then.

Oil Can on October 31, 2011 at 5:04 PM

A better contrast: Cain and all the ugly trolls on here who can’t even respond to a damn song without nastiness.

Grow up.

BKennedy on October 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

What a beautiful moment. Not the singing, though that was quite good.

A beautiful moment because this candidate for President sang unashamedly about his love and devotion to Jesus Christ. A beautiful moment because the song was one of humility before God.

Every time I see a clip or hear a speech, I am more and more impressed by this man.

bonnie_ on October 31, 2011 at 4:32 PM

davidk on October 31, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Authentic and Conservative goes a long way.

Speakup on October 31, 2011 at 7:05 PM

I am most definitely *NOT* on the Cain Train. He seems completely ignorant to a lot of central issues, starting with almost anything to do with foreign policy.

Nevertheless, it is abundantly clear that liberals soil themselves thinking about Cain. He scares them to death. He is starting to look like a serious candidate, not the second coming of Alan Keyes. My goodness, if he became the nominee and ended up helping the GOP make in-roads in the black community.

The consequences are unfathomable for the Democratic establishment.

Say he converted just 30% of blacks to the Republican tent….game, set, match. An electoral nuclear bomb with devastating consequences for minority-politics that the Democrats literally depend on to stay alive as a national party.

BocaJuniors on October 31, 2011 at 7:46 PM

So bigred . . .
you gonna enlighten us or did you come here to
just drop a load?
srsly dude, i don’t claim to know it all-
if you’ve got REAL information, give it up.
share.

least1 on October 31, 2011 at 8:08 PM

The look on the white chick’s face was classic.

Alden Pyle on October 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM

least1 on October 31, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Bigred at worst is an Obama supporter…at worst, just a Ron Paul troll.

balkanmom on October 31, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Cain is unflappable. It’s been a long time since we had a candidate who didn’t spend all day, every day, trying to divine the desires of the press corps, and stuffing his true opinions into their mold.

I’m willing to vote for him, as we could use a real person in the White House instead of some politician.

hawksruleva on October 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

yup

Elisa on October 31, 2011 at 11:48 PM

What a beautiful moment. Not the singing, though that was quite good.

A beautiful moment because this candidate for President sang unashamedly about his love and devotion to Jesus Christ. A beautiful moment because the song was one of humility before God.

Every time I see a clip or hear a speech, I am more and more impressed by this man.

bonnie_ on October 31, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I couldn’t agree with you more. About his faith and about how impressed I am with this man. All day long, all his interviews impressed me.

He made these difficult explanations look calm and easy. Unflappable like someone else here said.

God bless this man. Don’t know if I will be lucky enough to vote for him next year, but it might happen.

Elisa on October 31, 2011 at 11:50 PM

What a beautiful moment. Not the singing, though that was quite good.

A beautiful moment because this candidate for President sang unashamedly about his love and devotion to Jesus Christ. A beautiful moment because the song was one of humility before God.

Every time I see a clip or hear a speech, I am more and more impressed by this man.

bonnie_ on October 31, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I couldn’t agree with you more. About his faith and about how impressed I am with this man. All day long, all his interviews impressed me.

He made these difficult explanations look calm and easy. Unflappable like some else here said. And such a gentleman in every way.

God bless this man. Don’t know if I will be lucky enough to be able to vote for him next year, but it might happen.

Elisa on October 31, 2011 at 11:53 PM