Call him the first candidate officially in the pool for 2012. Cain, a newspaper columnist, businessman, politician, and radio talk-show host from Georgia has some strong backing amongst Tea Party supporters thought he isn’t well-recognized nationally.

Report from CNN:

Washington (CNN) – Many people may have never heard of his name. And yet, he’s considering running to become the leader of the free world.

Herman Cain formed a presidential exploratory committee on Wednesday. Cain is a Republican and conservative radio talk show host who is also a favorite among many Tea Party circles. He is the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

Cain talked to CNN about his presidential intentions. One challenge Cain will face is having virtually no name recognition, especially should he face other potential presidential candidates in a GOP primary. Some political observers have wondered if Cain has any chance of winning.

Cain told CNN: “People who say that Herman Cain has no chance of winning the nomination for the Republican Party or win the in presidency – I simply say thank you. Because all my life I have been in situations where I wasn’t supposed to become VP of Pillsbury, I wasn’t supposed to be able to turn Godfather’s Pizza around. I wasn’t supposed to succeed in climbing the corporate ladder in corporate America. So to the people who say I don’t have a chance I say, thank you. Because that inspires me.”

We’ll see how Cain’s candidacy transpires in the coming months. It’s also possible that his first step will cause some other Republican candidates to want in on the action. Then again, depending on how much media scrutiny Cain gets, perhaps they’d prefer to let him carry the lone 2012 Republican Candidate torch for now.

Learn more about Cain on his exploratory committee website.