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Herman Cain: Bachmann's FFC Prayer 'The Ultimate Pander'


In a similar vein, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) recited a Bible verse during his speech Friday night, while many in the audience spoke the words from memory along with him.

Cain is no stranger to leading prayers -- he's an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta -- and there's little doubt he will be warmly greeted by the evangelical audience here.

But Cain said that the prayerful moments, which were well-received when Bachmann and Pawlenty delivered them yesterday, smacked of candidates trying a little too hard.

"Well, that sounds like the ultimate pander," he said, dismissively.

Cain is known for speaking off-the-cuff in public and exactly what he'll say tonight is not known. He's got excellent reach with conservatives among both the tea party and evangelical set, and it's likely his address closing out this weekend's conference will play to his strengths. But it doesn't sound like he'll be including a prayer like his rivals did.