Former Pizza Magnate Herman Cain Makes 2012 Presidential Bid Official

Add former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain to the list of conservatives who are seeking to best President Obama in 2012.

Herman Cain officially announced his 2012 campaign for president at a rally in Atlanta on Saturday.

The Republican from Atlanta, Ga., joined a small but growing list of challengers seeking the GOP nomination and a chance to unseat Democratic President Barack Obama.

He is a relative novice politically. He first gained attention on the national political stage in 1994, when as chairman of the National Restaurant Association he challenged President Bill Clinton at a nationally televised town hall meeting about the impact of proposed health care reform on small businesses. He barnstormed the country opposing the plan.

Cain was a senior adviser in 1996 to the Dole/Kemp presidential campaign and ran for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary in Georgia in 2004.

Cain said the announcements by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and business magnate Donald Trump that they won’t run for president will help his campaign. But he said he felt his chances were pretty good even before they made their announcements.

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