(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain claimed Monday Mitt Romney cannot beat President Obama in the 2012 election.
The former Godfather's Pizza CEO said his prediction is based on "RomneyCare," the health care law Romney signed five years ago while governor of Massachusetts and his failure to explain his Mormon religion when competing in Southern states during his last presidential run.
"When he ran the first time, he did not do a good job of communicating his religion," Cain told the Washington Times editorial board. "Unfortunately, it doesn't bother me, but I do know that it's an issue with a lot of southerners."
Cain, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, said Romney will not be "any stronger this time around" in Southern primary states, many of which were captured in 2008 by Sen. John McCain or Arizona and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
"You don't win South Carolina, Florida and Georgia, you can't with the nomination, and then you can't win the presidency," Cain said.
Cain was critical Sunday of Rep. Michele Bachmann, another of his rivals. He said he is more qualified to be president than the Minnesota congresswoman.
"The choice is real simple," Cain said on "Fox News Sunday," when asked why voters should choose him over Bachmann. "My entire career has been problem-solving, not politics."
Bachmann and Romney continue to lead Cain in national and state polls of likely Republican primary and caucus voters.
Team Romney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
I agree with Cain about Romney, only thing is Cain can't win either. lol
What Cain did not say after that is the only GOP candidate that has a shot at attracting independent and disenfranchised Democrats is Jon Huntsman. If Huntsman doesn't get the Republican Tea Bag Party nod, I guarantee that the guy who will be inaugurated on January 20, 2013 will be black, but it won't be Herman Cain.
Future POTUS election losers: takes one to know one.
What is sad is that mlk died fighting injustice and Cain is fighting for injustice. Kinda ironic don't u think
This guys is crazy!! First he disses on people being Muslim, now he seems to be dissing on Mormon's. Mr. Cain says Romney being a Mormon would hurt him in southern states. To me, that's making people in the South sound like bigots......is he saying southerners would treat a Mormon different, or discriminate against them?
I'm in Texas originally from MS. He just insulted me and a lot of people in the South.
Cain doesn't believe in the first amendment. He is not legitimate. Not because of where he was born, but because he doesn't believe in the Constitution.
Herman Cain? I think that we have found a wealthy, African American version of JOE THE PLUMBER.
However, unlike Cain, Joe the Plumber is probably not a bigot. For someone who hails from an ethnic group that has suffered terribly from prejudice in this country, Herman Cain's bigoted comments against other religions are shocking beyond belief!!! In his "puny" mind, only white judeo-Christians and HIM are worthy of any praise? Herman Cain is so stupid – he is an embarrassment, and his comments stun me beyond belief (even Palin MIGHT be slightly smarter than him).
......is he saying southerners would treat a Mormon different, or discriminate against them?
Yes he is,and yes they would.
Steve New York City I am in full agreement with your assessment of Cain.
Identifyng with one's oppressors,so to speak,and jumping to the conclusion that you're in fact one of them....incredible but true.
Because you are invited you to a table and eat does not mean you are allowed to insult people at the table. Do not get carried away.