Former pizza chain CEO to run for U.S. president

ATLANTA Sat May 21, 2011 11:30pm IST

Businessman and likely Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's ''Presidential Summit on Spending and Job Creation'' in Manchester, New Hampshire April 29, 2011.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files

Businessman and likely Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's ''Presidential Summit on Spending and Job Creation'' in Manchester, New Hampshire April 29, 2011.

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ATLANTA (Reuters) - Herman Cain, a radio talk show host and former CEO of a chain of pizza parlors, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. president on Saturday.

"We are going to take our country back," Cain, the former president and CEO of Godfather's Pizza, told supporters at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.

The 65-year-old has never held political office. He made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate from Georgia in 2004.

He joins a crowded field of at least six Republican hopefuls who are considering seeking their party's nomination to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in elections next year.

Cain worked as an executive at Coca-Cola, Pillsbury and Burger King before becoming CEO and president of Godfather's Pizza. He was also chairman, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

More recently he has hosted his radio program, "The Herman Cain Show," broadcast out of Atlanta.

(Reporting by David Beasley; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jerry Norton)

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