Cain says Obama impeachment would be 'a great thing'
August 17th, 2011
12:56 PM ET
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Cain says Obama impeachment would be 'a great thing'

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said it would be "great" to impeach the president, but that the Democratic controlled Senate would prevent such action.

On a conference call with bloggers Tuesday night, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO called the health care law and the Obama administration's stance over the Defense of Marriage Act impeachable offenses.

The news was first reported by POLITICO and later confirmed to CNN by the Cain campaign.

"There are a number of things where a case could be made in order to impeach him, but because Republicans do not control the United States Senate, they would never allow it to get off the ground," Cain said on the call. "The president is supposed to uphold the laws of this nation … and to tell the Department of Justice not to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act is a breach of his oath."


Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • President Obama
soundoff (1,100 Responses)
  1. MS

    What is it with Republicans and their inability to understand the Constitution? You need to prove he committed an impeachable offense to imeach a President. You can't impeach a president just because you don't like him, if you could George W would've been out on his butt before his second term was up.

    August 17, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Texas Doc

    Who is this guy Cain, is he running for something?

    August 17, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Malty

    True, the executive branch is there to enforce the laws. When they don't, then they are not doing their jobs. Obama has made a mess of the economy. Wish we could have recalled him before he forced through the Obamacare laws that are a burden to the economy, businesses, and future generations of Americans. The BAD outways the 'good' by quite a bit.

    August 17, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. MikeMazzla

    LOL Republicans have some real winners trying to run for President. Idiots, religious freaks, tea baggers etc etc. Even in a time when Obama isnt that popular, like in 2008 when they chose Palin as VP, they will again choose someone who has no chance of winning. It is sort of fun to watch though

    August 17, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Robert Bauer

    Well now, finally, Mr. Cain has opened up his ignorant mouth and revealed himself to be the wingnut he truly is. Impeach the Presidnet? Give me a break. Every election cycle we get these idiotic morons who raise the impeachment flag, only to reveal that they know nothing about constituional process. Instead of concentrating on his own policies, and on the REAL problems facing our country, this jingoisitic troll starts spewing garbage that offers NOTHING in the way of solutions, and that is only guaranteed to to fire up the rest of the lunatic fringe. Okay Mr. Cain. You've now got the votes of the hairbrained, but do you have any REAL answers to our problems? Apparently not.

    August 17, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. DC Johnny

    Cain is absolutely right. I disagree with what the Defense of Marriage Act stands for, but a Chief Executive who intentionally decides on his own to ignore the laws passed by the legislative branch is in clear and direct violation of the US Constitution. It sets an unbelievably dangerous precedent.

    Of course, the Liberal comments will pour in about hypocrisy and the wealthy and the racists and so forth. Never mind that not a single scathing post will contain any legal or factual basis in support of the President of the United States willfully neglecting the law of the land and turning the Constitution on its head.

    August 17, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Charles Williams

    What an Idiot.

    August 17, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Larry

    This guy should go back to flinging pizzas. Where do we get such idiots?

    August 17, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Laurie in Spokane

    Is Cain really that stupid? We couldn't get Bush or Cheney impeached after they together have cause thousands of deaths, and the destruction of our economy. All Obama has done is to try to fix their mistakes.

    August 17, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. blftgk

    GOP/TeaBaggers mantra if you can't beat'um impeach'um.

    Were was Cain with impeachment, when Bush lied to congress, invaided Iraq and sent 5000 US solders to they death in a war that is bankrupting this counrty.

    August 17, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. robert frost

    Figures, God-Gays-Guns...

    August 17, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Kevin in Atlanta

    Good job Cain, you're making my decision to not vote for you easier everyday.

    The sad thing is I used to listen to him and Neal Boortz here in Atlanta on a daily basis. A year ago, Cain was a logical, down to earth, common sense kinda guy. Now he's just another right wing extremist.

    August 17, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. NYC REPUB

    The GOP are now a bunch of wierdos.

    August 17, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Expat American

    And this coming from a Republican……The Party who lied to the nation….and lied to the UN….and lied to our allies…..so that they could commit genocide…Lying is one of the core Republican ‘values’ that Adolf Bush and Heinrich Cheney hid behind in order to steal an election and committ mass murder.

    August 17, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. mb2010a

    And this is why you will never even be considered for the office of President. And Godfather's pizza sucks...Obama 2012.

    August 17, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Eric in Manhattan

    Man is he in love with his own voice. I'm sure Godfather's Pizza wishes he would go away as much as the rest of America does.

    August 17, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. David

    Now that is just stupid.

    August 17, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. chelle

    What???????????? And this goof is running for President.....unbelievable.

    August 17, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Sean

    This coming from the same man who has no interest in reading....

    August 17, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. shannon g

    Dude you got to be kidding. You most certainly not going to win anything. Go back to running your pizza business.

    August 17, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. John

    And what do you think that the Republican In the House and In the Senate signing Pledge Isn't a breach of the OATH they took. That the Trouble with you Republican and most of all you Tea Party nut cases, It OK when you do It ,but you Complain like hell when you think the President Obama may have done It. It a Proven Fact that you Republican and Tea party sign all these Pledges Is a Breach of the OATH THEY TOOK.

    August 17, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. nomad

    Sounds like mebbe somebody should stick to makin' pizza. Quietly. Or perhaps this is a race to see who gets to be seen as the nuttiest in the GOP field of loons- a dubious goal.

    August 17, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Cain is more ridiculous and funny than Palin, Bachmann, or Perry.

    August 17, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. stevetall

    Another clown for the Republican nomination, proving again that being that far out in space does not preclude someone from pandering to the under-educated. Get a life, pizza-face!

    August 17, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Eric

    The first time that I saw an 'Impeach Clinton' bumper sticker was within weeks of his inaguration. I was a Republican at the time and thought it was unfair. The GOP has been doubling down on crazy for so long, it's destroying the party.

    August 17, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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