Tea party favorite Herman Cain launched his candidacy for president on March 21 by chiding Americans to re-read the Constitution—but only proved that he himself needs a refresher course.

“We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States; we need to re-read the Constitution and enforce the Constitution,” Cain said to a cheering crowd on Saturday, May 21 in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park.

But then the radio talk show host proved his own ignorance by alluding to passages from the Declaration of Independence—a separate document published years before the Constitution.

“Now, I know that there are some people that are not going to do that (read it), so for the benefit of those who are not going to read it because they don’t want us to go by the Constitution, there’s a little section in there that talks about ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’

“You know, those ideals that we live by, we believe in, your parents believed in, they instilled in you. When you get to the part about ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ don’t stop there, keep reading,” he continued. “‘Cause that’s when it says ‘when any form of government becomes destructive of those ideals, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.’ We’ve got some altering and some abolishing to do!”

The Constitution does not include the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” nor does it mention abolishing or altering a destructive government.

Cain, the son of a chauffeur and a maid, is a graduate of Morehouse College and Purdue University; worked as a mathematician with the Navy and worked his way up the corporate ladder before becoming President and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

A long-shot candidate, Cain joins a GOP field that includes former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Gov. Gary Johnson (R-N.M.), and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga).