Conservative pundit launches presidential exploratory committee

Conservative talk radio host Herman Cain on Wednesday announced the creation of a presidential exploratory committee.

The former Godfather's Pizza CEO created a website with a message to potential supporters and links to donate money.

"Fellow patriots, now more than ever, we must come together to take a stand for the future of America," he writes. "I make this promise to you as I deliberate the ways in which I can do my part to restore and protect the American Dream: I would be the voice of the American People. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I ask you to do the same for me."

Should he decide to formally enter the race, Cain would be considered an extreme long shot for the GOP nomination.

Cain — a black Republican — formerly chaired the board of directors of the Kansas City Fed. He ran an unsuccessful bid for Senate in Georgia in 2004.