If there is an early crowd favorite in the Republican race for president, it may be Herman Cain.
The businessman, author, talk radio show host and tea party darling knows how to wow a conservative gathering.
Now the 65-year-old Cain will try to see if he can use that grass-roots enthusiasm to turn a long-shot presidential campaign into a realistic bid.
He plans to announce his candidacy at a rally in Atlanta on Saturday, an announcement that’s hardly a secret. Cain has been crisscrossing the country for months now, his intentions abundantly clear.
So are his views, espoused for years on his radio show and in speeches. He supports a strong national defense, opposes abortion, backs replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax and favors a return to the gold standard.