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 CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnFormer GOP senator: Trump has a personality disorder Lobbying World -trillion debt puts US fiscal house on very shaky ground MORE (R-Okla.) settled a wager on a college football game in 2009 against Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonOvernight Health Care: Ryan's office warns he wasn't part of ObamaCare deal | House conservatives push for mandate repeal in final tax bill | Dem wants probe into CVS-Aetna merger Ryan's office warning he wasn't part of deal on ObamaCare: source Overnight Health Care: Funding bill could provide help for children's health program | Questions for CVS-Aetna deal | Collins doubles funding ask for ObamaCare bill 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 Nichols BoozmanThe Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on Senate tax bill Lobbying World The Hill's Whip List: Republicans try again on ObamaCare repeal 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 Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress 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 CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinDems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress Former New Mexico gov: Trump's foreign policy is getting 'criticized by everybody' Dems put hold on McFarland nomination over contradictory testimony: report 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 Conner McCaskillDemocrats turn on Al Franken Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report 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!”