Georgia businessman Herman Cain's speech to Iowa Straw Poll voters was heavy on the nation's crises.
He said the country suffered from economic crisis, a foreign policy crisis, a moral crisis and leadership crisis.
Cain's words were often drowned out by cheers and applause from the crowd.
Cain said he's been criticized for not having any foreign policy experience.
“And the guy we have there now has?” he said.
Cain said America needs to move from an entitlement society to an empowerment society.
Most importantly, he said, the country needs to end its dependence on foreign oil. America, he said, needs to be its own best customer.
Cain, who's credited with saving Godfathers Pizza from the brink of bankruptcy, said America needs to elect a problem-solver, not a politician.
“The nation is willing and ready to take back its government,” he said. “Freedom must be fought for and protected, or one day we will tell our children what the U.S. used to be like when men and women were free,” Cain said. “I'm not gonna have that conversation with my grandkids and I don't think you want to have that conversation with your grandkids," he said to more applause.
Cain was the last candidate to speak at the Straw Poll. Voting ended at 4 p.m.