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Cain brings 9-9-9 back to GOP campaign

Cain brings 9-9-9 back to GOP campaign
Herman Cain, candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, holds a 9-9-9 muffin for his tax plan as he adddress a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, DC on October 31, 2011. The Cain campaign strongly denied reports today that the former chief of Godfather's Pizza was involved in a sexual harassment case. UPI/Yuri Gripas | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Herman Cain said his endorsement of Newt Gingrich is breathing new life into his 9-9-9 economic plan.

Cain made the proposed 9 percent tax plan the centerpiece of his own campaign and will now have a chance to keep it in the discussion as co-chairman of Gingrich's advisory committee on taxes and economic reform.

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"That means I will have an opportunity to convince others of 9-9-9, and I took that as a very positive sign," Cain told Newsmax.

But the 9-9-9 plan wasn't the only reason Cain threw his support behind Gingrich. He told Newsmax he believed Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker from Georgia, was further removed from Democratic President Obama that GOP rival Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.

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"The distinction between Newt Gingrich's ideas and President Obama's are the widest," Cain said Saturday in West Palm Beach, Fla. "When you look at Gov. Romney, too many of his phrases and too many of the things he talks about are more moderate in the middle.

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"That's too close. The American people need to see a wide, clear distinction between the two."

The endorsement came as a surprise since Cain, a former pizza chain chief executive from Georgia, had declined to endorse anyone when he pulled the plug on his own campaign in early December amid allegations of an extramarital affair. CBS said Sunday it remained to be seen how much of a boost Cain could provide for Gingrich after being largely out of the public eye since before the holidays.

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