Politicians sure have a penchant for speaking in the third person.
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is the latest in a long list of lawmakers who seem to prefer replacing “I” and “me” with their full names.
Cain, of course, isn’t the first candidate to break out in the third person on the campaign trail.
The Baltimore Sun quoted former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) during his 1996 presidential run against then-President Clinton declaring, “If you had to leave your children with Bob Dole or Bill ClintonBill ClintonRobert Siegel leaving NPR's 'All Things Considered' Press: Hillary's doomed bid Beyond Manafort: Both parties deal with pro-Russian Ukrainians MORE, I think you’d probably leave them with Bob Dole.”
“Saturday Night Live” comedians had a field day impersonating the third-person-loving senator on the NBC show. In one skit, funnyman Norm Macdonald dressed as the lawmaker, now 88, and said, “Bob Dole needs a running mate to bring us into the next millennium. And that goes for Bob Dole too.”
But the man who might be responsible for popularizing the third-person craze among politicians is former President Nixon, who famously told a crowd of reporters, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”