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Herman Cain Admits to Quoting Pokemon Movie During Campaign (Video)

The former GOP presidential candidate, who bowed out of the race Saturday, admits to quoting Donna Summer's theme song from "Pokemon: The Movie 2000" and misattributing it to a "poet."

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Herman Cain made a surprising confession Saturday when he announced his intention to bow out of the 2012 presidential race.

No, the GOP candidate didn't admit to any of the accusations that he had sexually harrassed several women or had a 13-year affair with another.

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Rather, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza admitted to having used quotes from the movie Pokemon: The Movie 2000 -- specifically the theme song, "The Power of One," sung by Donna Summer.

In August during the Republican primary debate in Iowa, Cain quoted "a poet" as having once said, "Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it's never easy when there's so much on the line."

It wasn't the only time he quoted from the movie, and several bloggers have been quick to point out his gaffe.

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On Saturday, he admitted his misattribution.

"I believe these words came from the Pokémon movie. I’m not sure who the original author is, so don’t go write an article about the poet, but it says a lot about where I am -- where I am with my wife and my family, and where we are as a nation," Cain said, according to the Huffington Post. "Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It's never easy when there's so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference. There's a mission just for you and me."

Cain also admittted to GQ in a recent interview that he first heard the song during the Olympics and instantly sparked to it.

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"I fell in love with this song, fell in love with how she sang the song and fell in love with the words," she said. "Committed it to memory. Now, why did I commit it to memory? Because one of the things that I did before I ran for president is I was a professional speaker. Not a motivational speaker -- an inspirational speaker. Motivation comes from within. You have to be inspired. That's what I do. I inspire people, I inspire the public, I inspire my staff. I inspired the organizations I took over to want to succeed."

Watch the video of Cain making the quote, with the song playing in the background, below.