Herman Cain: ‘I Chose to Put Family First’

By Fred Lucas | February 10, 2012 | 12:24 PM EST

Former presidental candidate Herman Cain. (AP Photo/Beth Hall)

(CNSNews.com) – Former GOP nominee contender Herman Cain, who was forced from the primary contest over allegations of sexual harassment and marital infidelity, said he quit the race to “put family first.”

Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and former president of the National Restaurant Association, surged to the head of the Republican presidential field in late 2011. On Thursday, he told a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. that he appreciated the support of conservatives.

“There were two reasons I dropped out of the race, gutter politics and, two, I chose to put my family first,” Cain said.

“In making that decision, I knew we together could change Washington from the bottom up, even if your David didn’t make it to the White House,” he said.

During the speech he announced that he was endorsing Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who is running for a House congressional seat from Ohio. Wurzelbacher supports the 9-9-9 tax plan: a 9 percent flat tax on income and a 9 percent national sales tax.

Cain hailed the American Revolution and said it is time for another one of a different kind.

“It’s time for a new American revolution, not with bombs and bullets but with brains and balance,” Cain said. “We must outsmart liberals. We must outsmart the stupid people running America.”