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Herman Cain visits Columbus to endorse Sen. Josh McKoon

On the day state Sen. Josh McKoon announced his campaign for re-election, he was endorsed by his friend Herman Cain, former presidential candidate from Atlanta.

“Josh is a great young man,” Cain said during McKoon’s noon announcement on the plaza level of the Columbus Government Center. “He finished his first term in the Georgia Senate and I’d like to see him go back to the Senate.”

McKoon, 33, stood by Cain who once led in the polls late last year in Republican nomination for president. He was forced to suspend his campaign in December after  struggling to deal with allegations of sexual misconduct.

In the months ahead in the Republican presidential nomination, Cain said the big issues will remain economy and jobs, energy, national security and immigration. Although former Gov. Mitt Romney is leading, former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are still in the race for the nomination.

Candidates are going to be tempted to get distracted on other stuff but Cain said he has advised Romney to stay focused on the issues. 

He also noted that his 9-9-9 tax plan is still alive. A book will be released soon titled "9-9-9 of Davids."

“I’m going to work hard and try replacing the tax code as part of the Republican agenda, keeping people engaged in the process,” he said.

Cain said McKoon stands for less government, lower taxes, traditional values and ethics in government. They were part of Cain's message as a candidate for president and still are part of his message, he said.

The former candidate said McKoon has taken a leadership role in efforts to reform big government. “I call Washington big government goliaths,” Cain said. “Josh has been one of the ones to take a leadership role in the reform of ethics.”