News 12 at 11 / Saturday, April 5, 2014
Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- A former presidential candidate and current radio talk show host is hoping you'll take his advice on who should be Augusta's next mayor. News 12 spoke exclusively to Herman Cain about his visit and why he's getting involved with local politics. Cain says Helen Blocker-Adams is ready for the mayor's office and those criticizing the campaign for bringing him isn't fair.
"Strip away the label," that's one message Herman Cain is sending to those saying, Augusta Mayoral Candidate, Helen Blocker-Adams, is committing political suicide for bringing in a conservative Republican to support her.
"I describe myself as an American, black, conservative. I'm an American, I happen to be black, and happen to be conservative. That has nothing to do with my choice of political party affiliation," he told News 12.
"We've got to turn the page when we talk about political parties," said Helen Blocker-Adams.
Blocker-Adams says Cain's help is needed because of his ideas -- not because he's a Republican. She says everyone needs to get beyond political parties and race in Augusta, because focusing on that hurts the city.
"Think uniting Augusta together--all of us working together--so, all of us have a role in making Augusta the best that it could be," she said.
"People need to get past the label and look at what the candidate brings to the job," Cain told News 12.
Cain spoke about 30 minutes to the crowd who paid 75 bucks for the event-- and even though he was supporting Blocker-Adams on Saturday-- we asked who he's supporting in the Georgia senate race.
"I have not identified any particular one that I am backing, but I do have my personal choice right now," he said.
And about that failed presidential bid... Will he run again in 2016?
"Only God knows-- God inspired me to run then and I wasn't planning on it," he said.
Cain says since Augusta is one of Georgia's largest cities, it's important the right leaders are elected. Voters will decide who's the best candidate, when ballots are cast on May 20th.