Herman Cain is a man with a lot on his mind these days, rising from the ranks of obscurity and occasional disdain from the political chattering class to seek the ultimate brass ring in American politics. A lot goes into that, but apparently one thing he’s not worried too much about is the fundraising advantage held by some of his more well established opponents.
ABC News’ Huma Khan reports: Former pizza chain head turned presidential contender Herman Cain today expressed confidence that he’ll have enough money and support to challenge Republican establishment favorites in a presidential primary, even though he’s never run a campaign before and doesn’t have much money in his PAC.
“If you can build an organization to raise money, it’s called a business. You can build a campaign organization. We do have an organization,” Cain said on “Top Line” today.
The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza said his PAC “went dormant” in December, but that his campaign is moving along just fine.
Cain admits during the interview (linked above for video) that he doesn’t expect to raise as much money as Mitt Romney, to say nothing of the haul President Obama is expected to take in. But he does make one excellent point. Lots of people decide to jump into politics with great ideas, dedication and a desire to win. But one of the chief stumbling blocks many novices run into when they encounter the nuts and bolts of campaign life is the complexity of establishing a war chest.
Cain may have some questions to answer on his foreign policy positions, but the business of raising money is, well.. business. And of the candidates currently looking at a run, that’s pretty much his wheelhouse. True, he might not be able to drum up more cash than Romney, but the field is very muddled right now and media attention is scattering around looking for the best story of the day.
The ability to capitalize on that is key to a political neophyte, and if Cain’s appearance in the first debate this year is any indicator, he can generate some heat in that area. And when it comes to raw matters of cash, the former CEO of Godfather Pizza probably knows a thing or two about that.
Say what you will about Cain’s chances, he radiates confidence at this stage of the march. And confidence can take you a long way in politics if your audience picks up on it.