Herman Cain Quotes Pokémon as he Suspends his Campaign

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Republican Herman Cain quoted a Pokémon movie once more as he suspended his campaign for President of the United States today.

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"I believe these words came from the Pokémon movie," Cain said during a speech in Atlanta. "Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It's never easy when there's so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference. There's a mission just for you and me....Just look inside and you will find just what you can do."

Herman Cain has used those lines before, citing them to "a poet" rather than, more accurately, from the Donna Summer song called "The Power of One" that was in Pokémon: The Movie 2000. Today, dogged by allegations of sexual harassment and an extra-martial affair, all of which the former restaurant mogul denies, he gave the Pokémon movie its proper credit.

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Cain rose to prominence in the race for Republican Presidential nominee and briefly led in the polls almost entirely due to his "999" plan to simplify the tax code. He denied that he plucked that plan from the video game Sim City, which had featured its own "999" tax plan.

The candidate said today that he suspended his campaign "because of the continued distractions, the continued hurt caused on me and my family, not because we are not fighters. Not because I'm not a fighter."

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Herman Cain cites Pokemon in concession [Politico, via Twitter]

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Caine's strong poll numbers did one thing, it revealed that many conservative voters aren't the goose-stepping racists that people like Sharpton's coalition makes them out to be. I'm a moderate and I watch both parties strive to assign certain behaviors to each other that simply amount to stereotyping (ie; dems wanting to turn the US into a socialist country, Soft on crime etc- Conservatives being racist, elitest etc). It also shows just how much the media has changed from presenting information in a neutral and responsible manner to actively trying to form public opinion along party lines. It's disgusting and worrisome.