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Herman Cain Quotes & Unforgettable Moments (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/21/2011 9:47 am   Updated: 11/21/2011 11:29 am

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain surged to the top of the polls this fall, managing to hold a surprisingly steady frontrunner status alongside fellow contender Mitt Romney, all the while dealing with a persistent sexual harassment scandal and some major blunders along the way.

Cain hasn't run an average campaign by any means -- something he's happy to boast about. His charismatic presence an unorthodox style have represented a change from the type of politician Americans have grown increasingly impatient with, which has in turn made him quite popular with conservative voters. But Cain's lack of experience in politics has provided more than a few gaffes and unconventional quotes or actions.

Here's a look at some of Cain's most unforgettable moments so far:

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When Herman Cain started leading in the polls in early October, Sarah Plain called the former pizza mogul the "flavor of the week." Cain fired back, telling Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show" that actually, he's "black walnut" -- a flavor that lasts longer than a week.

"I can eat black walnut all the time -- it's not a flavor of the week! It's not that heavy. You can eat it on the cone or in a cup," Cain later said on "Fox and Friends."

Over a month later, when pressed in an interview with GQ to name what ice cream flavors his competitors would be, Cain replied that Mitt Romney is "just plain vanilla," Rick Perry, "rocky road," and Michele Bachmann, "tutti-frutti." He added after that last one, "I know I'm going to get in trouble!"

In that same interview Cain was asked what you can tell about a man by the kind of pizza he likes and asserted that the more toppings you pile on, the more manly you are. Not vegetables, though. That's "sissy pizza," the candidate said.
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