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. Ralph

    Ho hum, Herman Cain is wants to be president, and is resorting to inflammatory rhetoric, hyperbole, and hate to try to score free press exposure.

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

    Translation; I'm desperate and I have to say even crazier things to be noticed and try and dig myself out of a hole. I'm also too stupid to see I have no chance at the nomination and should drop out.

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

    Cain is an idiot seriously...all the craziness Bush got away with...this dude needs a clue...he knows the only way he may even be in competition is if Obama is not in the picture...well sorry buddy you may want to wait another5 years to run for president Obama won't get impeached...Cain don't stand a chance ...who the heck eats Godfathers Pizza anyway?

    August 17, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. NothingNew

    cain deserves the ultimate termination – but I guess that will never happen either.

    August 17, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Andrew

    Another one seeking the lime light. He will say anything to get his name printed. Welcome to the circus.

    August 17, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. murpis

    I think it would be appropriate to impeach Obama if we knew for a fact he was failing this country on purpose. Personally, I think he is, but I can't be 100% sure.

    August 17, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This only shows that you can be dumb as a stick, and still be a pizza millionaire.

    August 17, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. jl

    What a silly foolish man!

    August 17, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Alina77

    Republicans just cant stand a Democrat as a President. Bush responsible for the life's of so many young people that died at war, he destroyed the wealth of this country, did any one said this word "impeach" him.
    Nothing can happen worse to American then a Republican .... party of horrible, dishonest , lazy and crazy people. Yep that's your label guys.

    August 17, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. jtb

    This shows exactly how relevant Mr Cain is. Things that make you go...what the heck is he thinking?

    August 17, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Philippe Theriault

    The dumbest thing I've heard in a long while.

    If they impeach Obama, will they then also charge George Bush for war crimes? What about thecrimina l behaviour of. republican governments which led to this disastrous global economic meltdown? Any of Bush's buddies imprisoned for that?

    Americans, sadly, deserve what they get for supporting such idiotic policies and then allowing all of this stupid political infighting.

    August 17, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Steve

    Cain is an idiot. Obama didn't tell Justice not to uphold or enforce DOMA, he simply agreed with them to stop defending it in court. It's unconstitutional, and it's the Constitution that the Presidential Oath of Office swears to uphold.

    August 17, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. stlouisjake

    on the republican ship of fools, this man is an admiral!!

    August 17, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Dani

    Listen, Mr. Cain. The racist republican teaparty will NEVER nominate a black man for President. They will use you to bash Obama and that's about it. The sooner you get that through your thick skull, the sooner you can go back to whatever rock you crawled out from under and go back to selling that not-so-good pizza you're so famous for!

    August 17, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Mu

    Exuse me but didn't the healthcare law get passed by 2 houses of congress before being signed into law? I didn't like his pizza either

    August 17, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Positive

    It is sad what the Republican party has come to. There is nothing left that they could say that would be shocking anymore. They have dug to the bottom of the ridiculous, negative barrel and made a home there.

    Here's what's more sad. They get a boost in money and support for every nasty, over-the-top thing they say.

    August 17, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. diridi

    Pizza idiot is crazy, thinks he has Obama's caliber.....Well, this nation is experiencing all kinds of funny stuff by GOP idiots...and Tea Party Thugs.....watch and see these idiots...o.k,

    August 17, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. David

    The Presidents first duty is to uphold the Constitution of the United States and his administrations arguement is that the defense of marriage act violates the Constitution. They didn't take that stand until a court ruled it was Unconstitional. This is not an impeachable offense. I also believe the Defense of Marriage Act violates our Constitution and is a slap in the face of rights of all citizens.

    August 17, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Anni

    Is it just me, or does it seem that the crazier and more outlandish the comment made by the Republican is in direct relationship to how fast thier campaign is going down the tubes?

    August 17, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. condelessa

    Another Tea Party/Republican stirring the pot of "ugly". Perhaps the Democrats on Capital Hill should consider impeaching EVERY tea party politician, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor and all of the rest!! Now is that constitutional???? Of course not!! Is impeaching President Obama possible??? DEFINITELY NOT!!

    August 17, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. I'm a GOP Hostage and So Are You

    Only one thing to say in response to this article... and that is: LOLOLOLOL!!!!

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 17, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. JenA

    You have GOT to be effin' kidding me....this guy Cain just needs to go. Yes, impeaching the President would be a really great thing for this country, and all because of policy disputes.

    August 17, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. T'sah from Virginia

    This is a case of a “Black Man” who flew over the “COOKOO NEST.” This is the way the far-RIGHT and “crazy” people want to destroy a man – the President of the United States. Cain should have been out of the race a long time ago – But NOW he is being used as a “pawn” by the right – just like “Steele” was – and he will lose all respect from African Americans (if he even cares) and end up out on the lawn by himself!! What about…
    Starting a WAR in IRAQ when there were no weapons of mass destruction – IMPEACHABLE;
    Giving TAX BREAKS to the RICH while draining the Middle Class – IMPEACHABLE!!
    "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." – IMPEACHABLE!!
    "The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th” – IMPEACHABLE!! And I can go on….

    This is truly beginning to HURT and it’s more hurtful when it comes from people of so-call color!!! This is NOT going to get Cain anywhere – as a matter of fact, he will lose a lot in the end saying this!! His advisors or campaign managers has NO INTEREST in him succeeding and he’s falling for it!!

    August 17, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Aaron

    What an idiot!

    August 17, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Blake

    And another reason why he shouldn't be President. He doesn't understand that not liking legislation that the President promoted is not an impeachable offense.

    Not to mention the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional as it strips the rights of people for a religious belief, so not being fully supportive of it is a good thing.

    August 17, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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