POLITICS
05/23/2011 05:32 pm ET Updated Jul 23, 2011

Herman Cain: 'Compromise Is Killing This Country'

Newly-minted Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said that "compromise is killing this country" in an interview with Hotline On Call published online on Monday.

Cain, who officially launched his campaign for the White House over the weekend, is not one to mince words in communicating his staunchly conservative views.

"Compromise is killing this country," he told Hotline on Call. "Compromise is killing this economy."

Cain suggested that the way to achieve legislative success is not by meeting in the middle, but rather by taking "solutions to the people so they can put the pressure on their members of Congress."

Back in February at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, Cain alleged in a fiery speech that "stupid people are ruining America."

"It's sad," he said at the event before directing his criticism toward the left side of the aisle. "The objective of the liberals is to destroy this country. The objective of the liberals is to make America mediocre."

The AP relays background on Cain's political views:

Cain supports a strong national defense, opposes abortion, backs replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax and favors a return to the gold standard. He said President Barack Obama "threw Israel under the bus" because he sought to base Mideast border talks partly on the pre-1967 war lines, and criticized the Justice Department for challenging Arizona's tough crackdown on illegal immigration.

After delivering a breakout performance at the first GOP presidential primary debate of the election season earlier this month, buzz has swirled around Cain's political ambitions. While the presidential hopeful currently is not running toward the front of the pack, according to the latest polls, it seems that the race for the Republican nomination is anyone's game.