Herman Cain considering media gig

It's been one day since the suspension of Herman Cain's campaign and a new poll in Iowa shows Gingrich in the lead, but the question remains: What's next for the GOP? Whit Johnson reports.

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Former presidential contender Herman Cain said Thursday he is open to going back to broadcasting to promote his unconventional ideas for how the United States should be run.

"The doors to radio or TV, those doors are open," Cain said in an interview with Fox News, considered by media watchers to be the most likely place the conservative former pizza magnate would go.

"I'm considering all of these options because I want to create the biggest platform for me to be talking about the trifecta: replacing the tax code with 9-9-9, energy independence and national security," Cain said, without specifying what his specific options are.

Cain's signature 9-9-9 tax plan to eliminate the current tax code in favor of a nine percent income tax, a nine percent corporate tax and nine percent sales tax was ridiculed by many of his opponents as overly simplistic and regressive.

Prior to his White House bid, Cain hosted a radio show in Atlanta and is a motivational speaker with considerable showmanship talents.

Cain would not be the first former presidential candidate to land a broadcasting gig.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has his own show on Fox, former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin appears as an analyst on Fox and former White House hopeful Pat Buchanan has been a fixture on the cable circuit for decades.

Nor would he be the first politician forced out of politics because of a sex scandal to host a television show. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who was forced to resign after admitting he hired prostitutes, landed a television show on CNN last year. The show was canceled earlier this year.

Cain effectively ended his presidential bid Saturday after support dried up in the wake of accusations from a string of womenthat he had engaged in sexual impropriety, including one who charged she had been having an affair with Cain for more than a decade.

The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza began his campaign in relative obscurity in May and shot up in the polls on his personal charm as an alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney before flaming out spectacularly.

Cain vowed to stay in the public eye and launched a website promoting his ideas at thecainsolutions.com

"I am not going to be silenced and I am not going away," he said Saturday with his wife Gloria at his side.

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