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Former presidential candidate Herman Cain visits Kansas City

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Former presidential candidate Herman Cain is back on the campaign trail. He was in Kansas City speaking to conservative groups about politics, energy and the economy.

During the interview, Cain commented on what he thought of Thursday night's vice presidential debate.

"I thought overall that there wasn't a winner and the loser was the American people," he said.

It's his clear, plain-spoken persona that galvanized that the Republican base and briefly catapulted Cain to the top of the polls during the Republican Primary. His campaign was later derailed amid allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity. But Cain vowed to remain active in politics and he started his Truth Tour, an idea that came to him after he took a call during a radio interview.

"She (the caller) said ‘Mr. Cain, I don't know what to believe' and that goes back to the distortion distraction thing," Cain said.

Cain said his Truth Tour has allowed him to take his message to the American people, bypassing the media that distorted his message during his campaign, particularly on his tax plan – a plan he said would have leveled the playing field for everyone.

"You don't have a list of favors that go to one industry or one group of people. That's why I resonated," he said.

But Mitt Romney's tax plan has not had the same reaction because political pundits and tax experts said it lacks specifics. Cain said, that too, is a media distortion.

"They are overlooking what Ryan and Romney are saying. The specifics need to be developed in a bipartisan way," Cain said.

Cain went on to criticize President Barack Obama for the state of the economy and the unemployment rate and, when asked about the jobs bill Senate Republicans voted down last year, Cain insists it was just more stimulus that wouldn't have created any jobs. Cain then addressed his thoughts on Congress' constant fighting, gridlock and low public approval rating.

"I do fault both parties for not getting things done, but people have to go further than ‘we can't get Republicans to agree.' We're not going to agree to the wrong stuff," he said.

Cain's interview with KCTV5's Dave Jordan went from the serious to the silly. His hilarious unscripted Daily Show appearances are proving to be a hit with viewers, which had Jordan asking Cain if he could be heading to Hollywood.

"Let's just say I'm in some discussion," Cain said with a laugh.

Jordan asked Cain about suspending his campaign because of the sexual harassment allegations. He said those women not only lied, but he alleges they were paid to tell stories, although he declined to talk about any pending legal action.

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