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Video: Herman Cain Says God Told Him to Run For President

| by Michael Allen

Republican Herman Cain claims that God convinced him to run for president and compared himself to Moses (video below).

In a speech Saturday to a national meeting of young Republicans, Cain said the Lord persuaded him after much prayer: "That's when I prayed and prayed and prayed. I'm a man of faith, I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than I've ever done before in my life. And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses. 'You've got the wrong man, Lord. Are you sure?'"

So far, God has not issued a comment.

Four women have now accused Cain of sexually harassing them when he led the National Restaurant Association more than a decade ago. Cain was silent about the allegations and did not take reporters' questions.

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Cain isn't the first to say God told him to campaign. Texas Gov. Rick Perry's wife, Anita, has said she felt God was speaking to her about the race, adding that her husband needed to see a "burning bush," a Biblical reference to God's first appearance to Moses.

During his speech, Cain wrongly attacked President Barack Obama for canceling the space shuttle program, whcih was a decision actually made by President George W. Bush.

Obama dropped the goal of a moon mission. Instead, NASA has plans to build a giant rocket capable of sending astronauts to an asteroid and eventually Mars. It wants to outsource to private companies the task of ferrying astronauts and cargo to the space station, a job previously performed by the space shuttle.

Until private companies are ready, NASA will keep buying seats on Russian Soyuz capsules to get astronauts to the space station. The cost per person to fly on a Soyuz is expected to rise from $56 million to $63 million, which is still cheaper than flying on the shuttle.

Cain opposed this as well: "I can tell you that as president of the United States, we are not going to bum a ride to outer space with Russia. We're going to regain our rightful place in terms of technology, space technology."