Herman Cain: SimCity rumor 'a lie'
Monday, October 17, 2011
U.S. presidential candidate denied a suggestion from reporter Amanda Terkel that his was derived from ' 2003 computer game . During an interview that aired on Friday, Cain bluntly characterized the suggestion as "a lie".
Cain, the former CEO of, has risen to first place in some polls for the 's presidential nomination. His campaign features the 9-9-9 plan, which calls for the implementation of a 9 percent national sales tax, and a shift of the personal and corporate income tax rates to 9 percent.
Terkel compared Cain's plan to that of the default setting on SimCity 4, which institutes a 9 percent rate for commercial, industrial and residential taxes. She contacted both Maxis and Rich Lowrie, aemployee credited with helping Cain formulate the plan. Though Lowrie did not respond, Maxis producer Kip Katsarelis commented:
We encourage politicians to continue to look to innovative games like SimCity for inspiration for social and economic change. While we at Maxis and Electronic Arts do not endorse any political candidates or their platforms, it’s interesting to see GOP candidate Herman Cain propose a simplified tax system like one we designed for the video game SimCity 4
Cain maintains that the plan is original. When probed on the issue, he remarked "that's the difference when you become one or two in the polls. People make up stuff."
Cain received similar attention in August after closing a GOP debate with a quote from the theme song for, which he referenced to an unnamed poet. It was later reported that Cain had quoted the song on previous occasions.
- "Editorial: Simplistic 9-9-9 tax proposal helps in raising Cain." — , October 16, 2011
- Anna Marie Hartman. "Cain kicks off bus tour in Bartlett" — , October 14, 2011
- Paul Tassi. "Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Straight Out of SimCity?" — , October 14, 2011
- Amanda Terkel. "Herman Cain Denies 'SimCity' Influence On His '999' Plan (VIDEO)" — , October 14, 2011
- Amanda Terkel. "Herman Cain 999 Plan: Did It Come From SimCity?" — , October 13, 2011
- David Magee. "Herman Cain Quotes Pokemon, and More Things to Know About the GOP Candidate" — , October 11, 2011