HOUSTON – During a campaign swing in the Houston area Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said he wouldn’t mind being vice president, but not on a ticket with Gov. Rick Perry.
"Quite frankly, based on Governor Perry's position on some issues, I would not be comfortable being his vice presidential nominee,” Cain told reporters.
Cain said Perry was “soft” on border security because the governor had defended in-state tuition for the children of undocumented workers.
The former chief executive officer of Godfathers’ Pizza addressed the Junior League of Houston Thursday morning before heading to College Station for a lunch event, and finally a book signing in The Woodlands during the afternoon.
A CBS News poll this week had him tied at 17 percent with Mitt Romney for the lead among likely Republican primary voters. Perry had slipped to just 12 percent.
Cain's big draw is his “9-9-9 Plan.” He would drop the corporate tax rate to nine percent, change everyone's income tax to nine percent and create a national sales tax of nine percent.
"It expands the base, so nearly everybody -- 95 percent of people -- will pay less in taxes,” Cain said. "It will give the business community some certainty.”
Cain insisted President Barack Obama’s new jobs plan will do the opposite.
"It's a bad bill,” Cain said. “It's not going to inspire the business community to grow again because it's basically the same ideas repackaged with different rhetoric."
He's also slamming the Occupy Wall Street movement that's spread to Houston.
"Rather than going to Wall Street, complaining to big banks and big businesses, why not picket the White House because the policies have failed?" Cain said.
But despite leaving the door open to accepting a vice presidential spot on a ticker, Cain said he's no flavor of the week and he's in this race to win.
"With a compressed early primary season, maybe four or five before February 1st, a guy like Herman Cain could find himself in second place in one or two of these states and instantly begin to generate some kind of support," said Bob Stein, KHOU 11 News’ political analyst.