Before woman problems put his campaign in a state of suspended animation, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was filmed for an interview with BET, which has turned the footage into a half-hour documentary, “The Curious Case of Citizen Cain,” airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

BET sat down with Cain before a lot of the more damaging stuff that derailed his campaign hit the fan. No Ginger White. No Pokemon farewell quote. But still there’s enough juicy stuff to keep viewer occupied, from Cain’s stunning lack of knowledge of foreign affairs to his declaration about scams being perpetrated upon black people by the Democratic Party.

Consider it “Cain Unplugged” – or unhinged.

Cain came to national attention when he challenged President Bill Clinton at a town hall meeting in 1994 about health care reform, challenging Clinton’s math on the impact the president’s proposal would have on businesses required to provide health insurance to employees.

He was subsequently contacted by the late conservative Republican Jack Kemp, who eventually persuaded Cain to join the GOP in 1996. The two were friends until Kemp’s death in 2009. Tony Lee, in an article for Human Events, suggested that Cain became something of a free enterprise devotee and his 9-9-9 economic plan was “bold and courageous, for it seeks to completely shred the federal tax code that so frustrated Kemp.”

The “9-9-9” economic plan would toss out the entire federal tax code and replace it with a 9 percent corporate tax, 9 percent personal income tax and a 9 percent federal sales tax.

Supply-side economists have praised the plan for its transparency and – if for no other reason – blowing up the current, complicated tax code. Opponents, however, say the plan is deceptively regressive because the federal sales tax hits poor people the hardest.

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