Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Armed with a sharp knife, a protective smock and with 400-pound beef carcasses hanging around her, Michele Bachmann visited an Iowa meat plant on Tuesday and sliced through a slab while going for the kill over government regulations.
"One thing we learned today is that, in a company that has five or six employees, one employee is dedicated just to deal with government rules and government regulations," the Republican presidential candidate told employees and assembled media at the Amend Packing Co. in Des Moines.
Bachmann began the tour with a visual that, even her campaign acknowledged, would make for visually arresting images: the Republican presidential candidate walking through rows of hanging cattle – dead and skinned – then grabbing a knife to cut a long slab into manageable slices of beef.
"My grandfather owned a meat market here in Iowa," she said while measuring the size of her cuts.
"How many times do you have to re-sharpen?" she asked as her host – one of the plant's owners – sharpened her blade. "Is it the fat that dulls it or is it the muscle?"
He does not have the megawatt celebrity status of Sarah Palin, but he doesn't have the political baggage, either.
Nor does he have as much money in his political action committee as that of other potential presidential candidates. In fact, if you mention his name in many circles, the response may be, "Who is that?"
Herman Cain is a conservative African-American Republican who's a radio talk show host based in Atlanta. He might be the first to announce that he's running for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
Cain's resume is impressive: CEO and president of Godfather's Pizza for 10 years, former chairman of the board of the National Restaurant Association, and he currently sits on the boards of directors of A-list companies like Hallmark Cards, Whirlpool and AGCO, one of the largest manufacturers of agricultural equipment.
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