Isakson also is particularly familiar with Cain. The former CEO of the Godfather’s Pizza restaurant chain ran against Isakson in 2004 in an open GOP Senate primary. Isakson, who won that race, said it was an achievement for Cain that he finished second, ahead of then-Rep. Mac Collins.
“Herman’s a very articulate guy, he’s got a good business background. He’s a great speaker, and I know Herman well and have a high regard for he and [Gingrich] both,” Isakson said. “He was underestimated in the race he and I were in. It was a three-man race, and the incumbent Congressman who ran against me finished third.”
Chambliss offered similar praise for Cain, calling him a “really good guy” and a “really great communicator.”
Cain is a “bright guy, a good sound businessman. And, again, would make a very good president, in my opinion,” Chambliss said. “What I’m hearing from folks around the country is, ‘Gee, I didn’t know Herman Cain but I happened to see him in the debate, or heard him on TV the other day, and this guy’s got really good ideas, and he’s a comer.’ And, he’s going to get a really good look by a lot of people.”
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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