Cain Vows Clear Foreign Policy, Pledges Loyalty to Israel

By Fred Lucas | November 4, 2011 | 5:38 PM EDT

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain holding up a muffin decorated with 9-9-9, the motto of his tax reform plan, while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Pable Martinez Monsivais)

( – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said his administration would clearly define allies and foes around the globe, in what he said was a contrast to the Obama administration’s “foggy foreign policy.”

“I happen to have a foreign policy philosophy. It is an extension of the Reagan philosophy. Reagan’s philosophy was peace through strength,” Cain said. “The Cain philosophy will be peace through strength and clarity. We must clarify who our friends are, clarify who our enemies are and stop giving money to our enemies.

“There’s a reason we need to clarify who our friends are. It’s so we can tell the rest of the world who our friends are and who we will stand with, starting with the nation of Israel,” he added.

Polls show that Cain remains the GOP frontrunner despite unnamed accusations that he sexually harassed female employees when he was president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

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He spoke Friday in Washington, D.C., at the Defending the American Dream Summit, sponsored by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity. Mitt Romney, who is trailing Cain in most polls, also spoke at the event.

Cain said the “top three critical priorities” of his presidency would be addressing the “foggy foreign policy” of the Obama administration; fixing the economy through his 9-9-9 plan, which consists of a 9 percent national sales tax, a 9 percent business tax and a 9 percent income tax. The third top priority, he said, was gaining energy independence.

Cain said the country is going through a series of crises, on the economy, on energy, on illegal immigration, on foreign policy and on morality. Most of all, he said, the nation has a leadership crisis.

“This is one fundamental difference between a businessman and a politician,” Cain said. “I’ve never held high elected office before. I’m a businessman. You see, the politicians, they want to propose stuff that will have a chance of being passed. Businessmen will propose solutions that will fix the problem. We need to fix problems in this country.”

He explained that a bold plan, such as 9-9-9, is needed to fix the economy.

“One of the biggest criticisms about 9-9-9 is because we introduce the national sales tax, ‘you’re going to give Congress another way to tax us?’” Cain said. “Well, let’s throw out the 10,000 ways under the current code, and I’ll give them one we can understand. The other thing is, with that national sales tax, it is a replacement tax. It replaces the hidden taxes.”

He later added, “We need an energy independence strategy. We have the resources to do it. We’ve got plenty of coal, oil, natural gas, shale oil in order to become energy independent. We just need the leadership and the will.”