After Cain’s song, senators decline to belt out a tune

While Herman Cain has no problem carrying a tune in public, don’t expect lawmakers to break into song mid-press conference.

The GOP presidential candidate, after denying allegations of sexual harassment while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association, accepted an invitation by National Press Club President Mark Hambrick to end his Monday visit there “on a high note.”

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The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said, after clearing his throat, “It is demanding enough to speak a dozen times a day, let alone to then also have to sing.” He added that singing was an opportunity to “share a little bit of my faith,” before he serenaded the audience with a hymn called “He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need.”

Cain isn’t the first politician to croon in front of the cameras. Sen. Tom CoburnTom Coburn'Path of least resistance' problematic for Congress Freedom Caucus saved Paul Ryan's job: GOP has promises to keep Don't be fooled: Carper and Norton don't fight for DC MORE (R-Okla.) settled a wager on a college football game in 2009 against Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonSenate panel unveils aviation bill with consumer protections, drone fix Driverless cars speed onto political agenda Biden leaves options on table for another White House bid MORE (D-Fla.) with a warbling rendition of “Rocket Man.” But senators told ITK on Tuesday that there wouldn’t be any more sing-offs any time soon in the upper chamber.

Sen. John BoozmanJohn BoozmanLobbying World The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP leader tempers ObamaCare expectations MORE exclaimed, “I have a very different personality than Herman Cain.” The Arkansas Republican then made a campaign promise (of sorts), saying, “In fact, people have asked me to promise never to burst out in song, period.” That declaration might be music to his family’s ears. Boozman explained that his wife and three daughters would be “mortified” if Dad were attempting to exercise his vocal cords in front of a crowd.

Sen. John McCainJohn McCainCoats: Trump seemed obsessed with Russia probe The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Meghan McCain slams 'felon' Dinesh D'Souza over tweets mocking father's captivity MORE (R-Ariz.) evidently feels the same way. Asked if he would sing if it would attract some votes, the senior senator replied with a smile, “Well, I’ve gotten pretty desperate. If I broke into song I think it would probably turn the tide in my opponents’ direction.”

The Cardin family has been graced with the sounds of Sen. Ben CardinBen CardinOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel Senate expected to pass Russia sanctions bill for a second time Donna Brazile: Congress has duty to halt Trump on Russia sanctions MORE’s voice — the Maryland Democrat says he’s been known to sing Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary classics now and then. But Cardin says his versions of old-time hits are mostly done behind closed doors: “I think there’s a limit to what I think is appropriate in trying to persuade people to vote. It doesn’t mean you don’t show your personality, don’t show other sides of you. I think you need to do that. So I’ll let the public judge whether [Cain’s song] was appropriate or not.”

But Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillSenators question need for HHS cyber office Overnight Cybersecurity: Obama DHS chief defends Russian hack response | Trump huddles on grid security | Lawmakers warned about cyber threat to election systems We must protect our most vulnerable from financial fraudsters MORE (D-Mo.), who is up for reelection in 2012, indicated it was perhaps better to keep her mouth shut, blurting out, “Oh, boy, I’m not going there!”