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.
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Cain said he understood from the meeting that a call for a new BRAC would have to come from whomever is 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 gave an example of how to improve the nation’s military defense capabilities by enhancing the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. The system enables U.S. Navy warships to intercept and shoot down enemy ballistic missiles.
“The world is not safer,” Cain told supporters. “Why should we get weaker?”
Retired U.S. Army Col. Mike Steele, who introduced Cain at the luncheon, noted that Cain would be a president who would refuse to trivialize defense policies for “short-term campaign gain or a political sound bite.”
Steele, who has two adult children who serve in the military, said he could entrusts their lives to Cain as commander in chief of the 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.
Al Richardson, 71, of Byron, a retired base consultant who attended the luncheon, said he’s supporting Cain because he believes Cain’s tax reform measures will work.
Beth Smith, 46, an artist who recently moved to Warner Robins with her husband, a plant manager, said she supports Cain for a host of reasons including his business sense, financial expertise and his Christian beliefs. She honored Cain with a painting she titled “Constitution’s Last Stand.”
Cain was also expected to talk about his economic plan at an open forum Thursday night at the Homer J. Walker Civic Center in Warner Robins. The Warner Robins American Little League team, which represented the Southeast in the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series, was expected to be honored by Cain at the forum.
The forum was the last stop in a day-long series of public and private events in a campaign swing Thursday through Warner Robins. Before the forum, Cain was expected to have an early catfish dinner with Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen, organizers said.
For more about Cain, visit his campaign website at hermancain.com.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.