Herman Cain Launching Website, Will Endorse Candidate Soon

The Cain Train is no longer on the path to the White House.

ByAlyssa Newcomb
December 04, 2011, 11:38 AM

Dec. 4, 2011— -- Herman Cain's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination may be derailed, but the pizza executive-turned-politician says he has plans to leverage his new platform to advance his ideas and will be making an endorsement for the one of GOP candidates very soon.

Mark Block, Cain's campaign manager who gained notoriety for a campaign advertisement that featured him smoking, told ABC News he will be joining Cain in his new venture, a website called The Cain Solutions.

The Cain Solutions will focus on "pushing Cain's economic policy -- 9-9-9, The Cain foreign policy doctrine, 'Peace through strength and Clarity,' and Cain's energy independence plan -- to be announced soon," Block said.

The site was still under construction this afternoon, but it offered a form for supporters to fill out to be notified when it launched.

Some of the remaining six GOP candidates piled on the praise for Cain, hoping to gain the former frontrunner's endorsement -- or at least steal some of his support.

"I do know this, he brought so much energy and good will to this race. I think he has a marvelous personality, everyone enjoys him, and he's an intriguing candidate, a good candidate," Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said on "Fox News Sunday."

"Beginning yesterday, our office had call after call after call of people who wanted to switch over and come and support me," Bachmann added.

Ron Paul said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Cain's supporters could relate to his independent approach.

"There are a lot of people who call themselves Tea Party people that did like the independent-mindedness of Herman Cain, so I think that I will probably do better, even though some people are saying, 'Oh, no, they're all going to go to so-and-so,'" Paul said.

But the man at the front of the pack, Newt Gingrich, seems to be Cain's probable pick.

"Herman Cain's 999 plan got our country talking about the critical issue of how to reform our tax code and he elevated the dialogue of the Republican presidential primary in the process. I am proud to know Herman Cain and consider him a friend," Newt Gingrich said in a written statement shortly after Cain suspended his campaign.

The two have enjoyed a long friendship.

"Newt and I go back to the early 1990s when he was speaker of the House and he appointed me to the Kemp Commission on economic growth and tax reform," Cain said during a phone interview with Iowa radio station WHO last month. "We have such a high mutual respect for one another and the differences in our ideals are not that far apart."

Gingrich even defended his friend when allegations began to surface that Cain had sexually harrassed women. The former speaker of the House called the media coverage a "witch-hunt."

Cain suspended his presidential campaign on Saturday outside of his Atlanta campaign office that was set to open.

"With a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign, because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt on me and my family," Cain said, with Gloria, his wife of 43 years, standing by his side.

Cain asserted that the allegations of an affair were untrue, using the words "false accusations" three times.

"That spin hurts -- it hurts my wife, it hurts my family, it hurts me, it hurts the American people because you are being denied solutions to our problems," he said. "I am at peace with my God, I am at peace with my wife and she is at peace with me."

Cain also cited his inability to raise the "necessary funds to be competitive" as another factor in his decision.

Although Cain has bowed out of the race, he has only suspended his campaign, which means he will still be allowed to raise money, and if he chooses to, rejoin the race at a later point.

No longer a candidate, the man who reveled in being a politician left the stage with a new understanding of politics.

"It's a dirty game," Cain said. "A dirty, dirty game."

ABC News' Amy Walter, Dean Schabner and Michael Falcone contributed to this report

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