The Washington Times - May 21, 2011, 05:10PM

Herman Cain is officially a Republican primary candidate for the 2012 presidential elections. Mr. Cain announced his candidacy in Atlanta to crowd of 15,000 supporters on Saturday. 

“After prayerful consideration with my family and closest friends, I have decided to seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States,” Mr. Cain said. “I look forward to continuing my travels across the country, engaging in discussions with the American people about the concerns facing our nation and sharing my ‘common sense solutions’ with them.”

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Cain is a noted business leader who has served as an executive at Pillsbury, Burger King and Godfather’s Pizza. He also served as the President of the National Restaurant Association and as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. 

“I have spent my entire adult life creating private sector jobs, so I know what it takes to get businesses hiring again,” Cain explained. “It’s time for a return to our Constitutional principles of limited government and individual freedom, coupled with free market principles that have long made America the envy of the world.”

Herman Cain has been married to his wife, Gloria, for 42 years. They have two adult children and three grandchildren. 

Mr. Cain has made more than 40 stops in the early primary and caucus states, including 17 in Iowa alone. Mr. Cain’s campaign headquarters will be located in the Atlanta suburb of Stockbridge.