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Herman Cain's a giant nerd, Nerds4Cain say

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Herman Cain quoted, of all things, a Pokémon movie in his speech to suspend his presidential campaign today.

"I believe these words came from the Pokémon movie," Cain said, addressing crowds in Atlanta.

"Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It's never easy when there's so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference. There's a mission just for you and me....Just look inside and you will find just what you can do."

The lines actually come from a Donna Summer song called "The Power of One", which was in Pokémon: The Movie 2000. In the past, he attributed this quote vaguely to a "poet", but this time around he gave proper credit to the animated film.

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His main claim to fame, other than his myriad allegations of sexual harrassment and philandering, is actually his "999" plan to simplify the tax code. The plan appears to be a copy of the "999" tax plan in Sim City, although Cain has denied that he took the plan from the popular computer game.

Pokémon, Sim was Cain (or his campaign manager) a complete comic and computer game nerd? Judging from the website, Nerds4Cain, it seems that even if Cain himself was never a geek, something about him resonated strongly with the nerd audience (you never see websites like "Nerds4Bachmann" around).

He's not the only failed politician to have nerd credentials, either. Taro Aso, the disgraced former Japanese Prime Minister, was known as a giant comic fan with some serious support among Japan's comic and gaming crowd.

At the height of his political career, his nickname was "Rozen Aso," in reference to one of his favorite comics, Rozen Maiden, a comic based on fighting dolls wearing frilly dresses. 

Unfortunately, his love for comics also became a political liability, as rivals and media accused him of not being serious enough to lead the nation. 

Left: Rozen Maiden right: former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso

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