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Potential GOP presidential candidate Cain speaks at Mo. Capitol

Apr 12, 2011

A potential Republican candidate for president made a stop today at the Missouri Capitol.

Business executive-turned-radio talk show host Herman Cain met with state lawmakers and addressed a Tea Party rally on the South Lawn of the Capitol.

He told the crowd of more than 150 that America is beset by several crises – primarily, a crisis of leadership in the White House.  Cain said that President Obama's push for national health care was a big mistake.

“Why in the world would you force through a disastrous health care ‘deform’ bill when we got issues with Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare?" Cain said.  "Why create another problem when we ought to fix the ones we got first?”

Cain also said the best way to stimulate the economy is to lower corporate tax rates, and that the feds shouldn’t interfere with Arizona and other states that want to enforce illegal immigration laws.

“I have a breaking news announcement for President Obama and the liberals," Cain said as he closed his speech.  "The United States of America is not going to become the United States of Europe, not on our watch!” 

Before the event, Cain told reporters that he'll announce in the coming weeks whether he’ll run for president.