Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson will still be in the 2016 presidential race months from now, former GOP candidate Herman Cain predicted Tuesday.
"They are proposing bold solutions and they are tapping in to the anger that's on Main Street America," Cain told Fox News' "Fox & Friends." "That's why I believe they are moving up in the polls, so Trump, Fiorina, and Carson are in my 'pick six,' as I call it, who will still be standing."
Such non-politicians can be successful in politics, said Cain, because Americans are looking for leaders, and Trump, a billionaire businessman, Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO, and Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, are showing leadership ability.
"Ben Carson may not have run a big company, but he targets and hits the problem right on the head when he's asked a question, based upon how he did in the debate," said Cain. "Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump, they have substantial leadership experience.
"The American people are tired of people who have a great political resume, but they get to Washington and they don't do anything."
But Cain said he doesn't think this cycle would have been a good time for himself to run, even with the wider number of non-politicians seeking office.
"I think I ran when I was supposed to," he told Fox News. "I felt it was the best time for me to run. I got sabotaged by accusations."
While Cain was a front-runner early in the 2012 race, five months into his campaign he was accused of inappropriate behavior and sexual misconduct
. Despite repeatedly denying the allegations, Cain dropped out of the presidential race in December 2011.
Once that kind of "media frenzy" starts, Cain said Tuesday, "it's difficult to run a campaign, defend yourself in court and answer all of the frenzy questions.
"That's what they have been trying to do with Donald Trump, but so far he has withstood the attempt to get caught up in a media frenzy."
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