"Using the strategic energy reserve to keep prices down is dumb," Cain said on the call. "The strategic energy reserve is supposed to be for a national security emergency."
Cain went on to explain that the United States has never had an independent energy policy and that if he won the nomination and the presidency, his administration would put forward a plan to responsibly tap into natural resources available in the United States, releasing the U.S. from the captivity and ongoing uncertainty in the Middle East.
As the race for the White House continues to heat up, Cain implied he was ready to take on the challenges America faces.
"Look, I'm not going to pander to anyone. Pandering is what most politicians do. Leaders tell you the truth."
Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.