Voters interested in learning more about Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will have their chance after he became the latest contender in the race to land a book deal.
The only Black Republican presidential contender will release “Who is Herman Cain?” Oct. 4, according to the publisher’s Web site. Threshold Publishing will release the memoir in hardcover, compact disc, eBook and e-Audio.
The publishing company has produced books by conservative commentator Glenn Beck, former senior advisor to President George Bush Karl Rove and Fox News Channel personality Sean Hannity.
Cain, the former CEO of the Godfather’s Pizza chain, has been a magnet for controversy in his presidential campaign so far. Most recently, he called journalists stupid, and popular “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart a “racist,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
On June 6, the GOP presidential hopeful told an audience in Pella, Iowa that if he were elected president, he would tell Congress, “Don’t try to pass a 2,700-page bill.”
“You and I didn’t have time to read it,” he said. “We’re too busy trying to live—send our kids to school. That’s why I am only going to allow small bills—three pages. You’ll have time to read that one over the dinner table,” Cain told the audience.
According to the Times, Cain said June 22 that he was not serious about those statements and called the press “idiotic” for taking what he said literally.
“Some of these idiotic reporters thought I was serious,” he said. “The joke’s on them. The message was short bills. Understandable bills. No it’s not literally going to be three pages.”
Mocking Cain’s comments on a June 9 segment of “The Daily Show,” Stewart lampooned the candidate’s manner of speech. The comedian’s jabs caused Fox News commentators to label it an “Amos ‘n’ Andy” routine,” according to the Times.
“As far as mocking me, look, I’ve been called every name in the book because I’m a conservative, because I’m Black,” Cain said.
“I labeled myself. I’m an American Black Conservative, an A-B-C. They keep trying to put labels on me. I have been called ‘Uncle Tom,’ ‘sellout,’ ‘Oreo,’ ‘shameless.’ So the fact that he wants to mock me because I happen to be a Black conservative, in the words of my grandfather, ‘I does not care. I does not care,’” he said.
Stewart responded to Fox’s claim that he went too far in his attempt to sound like Cain, pointing out numerous times when the talk show host mocked a variety of public figures and politicians, including President Obama.
Cain’s fellow GOP presidential hopefuls, former governors Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty already have books out, according to the Associated Press. Rep. Michele Bachmann is expected to make an announcement about the release of her own book soon.