In a much-anticipated appearance on Michael Savage's radio program Friday evening, GOP presidential contender Herman Cain said he would consider running as a vice presidential candidate alongside a nominee who shares a similar ideology and mindset. And, according to Cain, that person would not be Mitt Romney.
Citing Romney's 59-point economic growth plan as an item with which he does not agree, Cain said, "So, right now, today, I could not be out there, helping him [Romney] promote his 59-point economic jobs plan. I couldn't do that. I like him as a businessman. If he gets [the nomination], I am going to support him. But I'd have to work with someone that I could complement, not someone that wants to put me in a role that I would not want to do."
When asked by Savage if Cain would accept the VP slot if someone else were chosen to run for the presidency, Cain replied, "It depends upon who's asking and the conditions in which they would like for me to do it."
"First, I would want to know clearly what my role would be. Secondly, if we are ideologically and idea-wise so far apart, I couldn't do that, because I believe the vice president should be a spokesperson for the president."
When asked what cabinet position he would consider if neither the presidency, nor the vice presidential seats were an option for him, Cain said: "Defense Department."
"Here's why: I want to be in a position where I can make a difference," Cain added.
"I would only accept it if the president asking me to do it would understand that -- one -- I don't want the priority to be on cutting. I want it to be on investing, and two -- I want to upgrade our…ballistic missile defense capabilities...warships. And I would want to double that fleet…So, I want to build our military and not tear it down."
He continued, "That would be the one [position] that I could be excited about to help the generals and the commanders on the ground to get what they need to do what they do best – and that is to kick the you-know-what out of everybody in the world if something breaks out in other parts of the world."
According to WND, Savage said members of the military would "get a tingle up their spine" because they would love Cain, as he would "inspire confidence in the troops."
It had been rumored that Cain would make a major announcement during his interview with Savage. ButCain's revelations during his appearance might indicate that he is not as confident as he once was in his chances at securing the presidential nomination.