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Herman Cain became the latest Republican presidential candidate to hold court with Donald Trump, meeting the real estate tycoon at his eponymous New York office Monday to discuss China, the GOP primary, and Cain’s 9-9-9 plan.Cain said he and Trump spent much of the meeting discussing Cain’s signature tax plan, which would establish a 9% national sales tax while also reducing business and income tax rates to 9%. Doing so, Cain said, would create millions of jobs and boost the nation’s GDP, thereby reducing the deficit. More importantly, Cain said, it would help the U.S. “level the playing field” with China.
“I shared my strategy with [Trump], and he liked it,” Cain said. “Outgrow China.”
During his brief flirtation with a White House bid, Trump repeatedly hammered China, accusing the country of manipulating its currency and saying that he would tax the rising economic superpower if he became president.
Cain said he and Trump “very much enjoyed” the nearly hour-long meeting, though he added that Trump had not yet settled on a candidate to support. However, Cain said he thought Trump would wait for the field to narrow before lending his endorsement to anyone.
Prior to Cain’s visit, Trump had met with Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann. Sarah Palin, who has repeatedly teased a presidential bid of her own, also met and dine with Trump in New York while on a nationwide bus tour last summer.
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