Reporting from Washington —
Herman Cain, a conservative radio host and former business executive, became the latest Republican to officially enter the 2012 presidential campaign on Saturday.
Making a play for the "tea party" vote, Cain said at his Atlanta kick-off that America needs a new generation of "defending fathers" to protect the Constitution.
"We can take this entitlement society to an empowerment society," he told the crowd at Centennial Olympic Park.
A YouTube video released in concert with his kick-off includes scenes of "tea party" rallies, with Cain saying "the sleeping giant, we the people, have awakened."
Cain, 65, was CEO of the Godfather Pizza chain until 1996, before leading the National Restaurant Association. He's never served in elected office; his only previous campaign was for the Senate in Georgia in 2004, when he finished second in the GOP primary.