The Washington Times - September 21, 2012, 01:46PM

Herman Cain, the outspoken former 2012 Republican presidential candidate, said he would be ahead of President Obama in the polls if he had won the nomination.

Mr. Cain, while speaking to members of the media after a Thursday speech at the University of Florida, said he would be doing a better job than GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and that he’d probably have a “substantial lead” on the president at this point, the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun reported.

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“The reason is quite simple: I have some depth to my ideas,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

Still, Mr. Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, told reporters that Mr. Romney’s recent “47 percent” comment was a “non-story” being blown out of proportion by the media.

Mr. Cain, who spoke to a crowd of more than 300 at the Gainesville university as part of his “College Truth Tour,” focused on the tax code, energy and the national debt, while repeatedly bashing the mainstream media, the Sun said.

“Stupid people are ruining America, and we’ve got to take it back,” he said.

The president holds a lead of almost 4 percentage points over Mr. Romney in a composite of polling done by the website Real Clear Politics.