Candidate Cain

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From grocery clerk to GOP hopeful.

1954

Cain demonstrates his charisma early in life, delivering his first public speech in his hometown church at age 8.

1962

Hired at 16 as a grocery-store clerk with dreams of one day owning two American Express cards.

1963

Voted "most likely to succeed" at Samuel Howard Archer High School in Atlanta.

1963

Attends Morehouse College, Martin Luther King Jr.'s alma mater, but largely sits out the civil-rights movement.

1973

Lands a job interview with Coca-Cola after his father, a chauffeur for the CEO, calls in a favor; he's hired as a systems analyst.

1977

Starts at Pillsbury, where he rises quickly through the ranks. Eventually he decides to move to the Burger King subsidiary.

1982

Advances from burger flipper to regional vice president on a fast-track program for aspiring Burger King executives.

1986

Named head of Godfather's Pizza, which he saves from bankruptcy with store closures and cost cutting. …