WARNER ROBINS — Speaking in a city in which its community, business, civic and elected leaders are known for supporting Robins Air Force Base, Georgia’s presidential hopeful Republican Herman Cain said Thursday that he knows of at least one potential president who would not call for a BRAC in 2013.
The former conservative radio talk show host and businessman from Atlanta told supporters at a fundraising luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn that a top priority, if elected, would be to enhance the nation’s military defense capabilities.
“I know a president who won’t be looking at BRAC in 2013,” Cain told supporters.
Cain’s remarks came on the heels of meeting with retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard and others who make up the 21st Century Partnership, a nonprofit organization that supports the Robins military community. Goddard, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Georgia’s 8th Congressional District in 2008, is a former commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.
Cain said he understood from the meeting that a call for a new BRAC would have to come from whomever was president in 2013. BRAC, which stands for Base Realignment and Closure, is a process of closing military installations and reducing expenditures of the nation’s Armed Forces.
Cain also touted his 9-9-9 economic plan that calls for replacing the federal tax with 9 percent sales tax, a 9 percent income tax and a 9 percent corporate tax. He’s expected to talk about the plan at an open forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Homer J. Walker Civic Center in Warner Robins, the last stop in a day-long series of public and private events in a campaign swing through Warner Robins.
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