South Dakota Sen. John Thune, also weighing a possible presidential run, gave a polished speech that failed at times to ignite the audience, while Herman Cain, the retired corporate manager who had turned around several dying businesses, gave a deep-voiced, preacher-like lecture on the way the U.S. government conducts its business.
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Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.
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