says his much-touted 9-9-9 plan is the product of extensive testing and
thinking, but the only man he cited as involved with its research — Rich
Lowrie of Cleveland, Ohio — is not a trained economist.
Instead, Lowrie — who’s the only economic adviser Cain has been willing
to mention by name — is a wealth manager for a division of Wells Fargo
and according to his LinkedIn page holds an accountancy degree from Case
Western Reserve University. Lowrie also spent three years on the
advisory board of the conservative third-party group Americans For
The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO was pressed for his circle of economic
advisers at Tuesday’s debate in response to a question from moderator
Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post.
“My advisers come from the American people. Now, I will have some
experts. One of my experts that helped me to develop this is a gentleman
by the name of Rich Lowrie out of Cleveland, Ohio,” Cain said during
the debate. “He is an economist, and he has worked in the business of
wealth creation most of his career.”
While not on stage, Lowrie hasn’t remained silent tonight. He’s been
tweeting his support of the economic plan he has helped shape and
responding to the criticism Cain’s rivals piled on on-stage.
The Cain campaign first acknowledged Lowrie’s ties to the campaign last
month, after an interview on “Fox News Sunday” during which Cain
repeatedly refused to name the advisers who had helped him develop his
“They have their own independent businesses, and I don’t want to
compromise their confidentiality at this point,” Cain told host Chris
Wallace. “When they tell me it is OK to mention their names publicly, I
will mention it.”
Though Cain’s been unwilling to reveal the names of his advisers, he has
held up the 9-9-9 plan as a model of transparency. On stage at the
debate on Tuesday, Cain repeated a favorite line, that one of the steps
to problem solving he often boasts is to “surround yourself with the
Cain also said on Tuesday that he had two potential nominees to appoint
as Federal Reserve chairman, but he refused to name them, either.
“I got to keep them confidential,” Cain said.