GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told a crowd of young Republicans Saturday that God convinced him to embark on his bid for president and that he "prayed and prayed and prayed" about it.
Speaking at the Young Republican National Federation in Atlanta ahead of another GOP candidate debate, Cain made no mention of the sexual harassment allegations that have ensconced his campaign in recent weeks, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. Instead, his comments drew on familiar themes of faith.
"I prayed and prayed and prayed," the former Godfather's Pizza CEO said of his decision to run for president. "I'm a man of faith, I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than I'd ever done before in my life. And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses: 'You've got the wrong man, Lord. Are you sure?'"
Once the decision was made, Cain said, "I did not look back."
Delivering one of his oft-repeated statements, he added: "One of the misperceptions that some people have -- I know you all don’t have this misperception -- is that I am not in this to win it. I am in this to win it! I am not going anywhere!"
Cain's religion came under closer examination last month as the candidate gained frontrunner status. North Atlanta's Antioch Baptist Church North, where his family has deep roots, is considered theologically conservative while being politically liberal.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has been outspoken in saying God gave her "a sense of assurance" to run for president, drawing scorn from certain media outlets.