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

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
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  1. Light In The Black

    Impeachable offenses:

    Treason
    bribery
    perjory (Unkept campaign promises are not impeachable
    if they were every sitting president in history would have been charged)
    So Cain is just another T-Bag moron making headlines.

    August 17, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Greg Smith

    If Cain actually knew what he was talking about he would still be wrong,

    August 17, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Jam11

    What Republican­­­­­­s ..........­­­­­­.....­.­.­. do NOT care about:

    ☑ US Constituti­­­­­­on
    ☑ Facts, Science
    ☑ People in General, Human Lives
    ☑ Children, Young, Women, Elderly, Single Mothers
    ☑ Middle Class, P00r, Min0rities­­­­­­, People of Color, Gays
    ☑ Equality, Human Rights, Love, Empathy, Family Values
    ☑ Poverty, Hunger, Homelessne­­­­­­ss
    ☑ Education, Deficit
    ☑ Equal Pay for Women
    ☑ Workers Right, Small Business, Agenda-Fre­­­­­­e Judges
    ☑ Eth!cs & !ntegr!ty, Principles
    ☑ Rule of L aw, Soc!al Justice
    ☑ Health Care for American People
    ☑ Tax cut for 98% of Americans
    ☑ Veterans, Active duty military, Firefighte­­­­­­rs
    ☑ Peace, The Earth, Rest of the World
    ☑ An!mals

    ----­­­­­­-–­-­-­-­-­-­­–­–­–­-­-­-­-­-­–­-­–­-­–­­-­–­­--­­­--­­­-­-­-­-­–­-­-­-­–­-­­–
    ➨ What Republican­­­­­­s ..........­­­­­­.....­.­.­. DO care about:

    ☑ Themselves
    ☑ Money
    ☑ O!L
    ☑ Power
    ☑ Wealthy
    ☑ Their Party
    ☑ W a rs
    ☑ G uns

    August 17, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Barry McGuire

    Thankfully- most of these candidates are so stupid that they derail their own campaign without anyone else having to lift a finger. Bye bye PIzza Guy- you're essentially finished in politics. I look forward to your lame speech after you are forced to withdrawal due to lack of support.

    August 17, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. joe

    you have my vote for sure!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. john locke

    Keeping the crazies out of the political arena is like playing whack-a-mole.

    August 17, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Embarrased Conservative

    Did he really just make the case for impeachment on the Defense of Marriage Act? What an incredible reach and a clear sign that his campaign just got even more desperate. Cain, what our your solutions to the real issues?

    August 17, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. RF

    And this from the "godfather of pizza" he does not have a clue!

    August 17, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. josephus tank

    Keeping the crazies out of the political arena is like playing whack-a-mole.

    August 17, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Dean

    I can't think of a more deserving White House occupant.

    August 17, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. jovandingo

    this idiot is a poor excuse of a black man. for someone who seems to have had a decent eductation to cater to the master(s) the way he's doing is disgusting.

    August 17, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Carolyn in SD

    Just cause you disagree with someone is not grounds for impeachment.

    August 17, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Beverly

    This man is nuts and will say just about anything to appease radical whites. Does he really think his views are aligned with commonsensical Americans. He needs a brain scan. He just might have a tumor.

    August 17, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. nm mom

    Another Republican Joke! Can doesn't have a chance at all of becoming President and he is doing anything to get attention!

    August 17, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Jim

    One word "MORON". Invading Iraq based on lies was an impeachable offense and a crime against humanity. Or did he miss that?

    August 17, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Linton

    If this guy thinks health care is an impeachable offense, where was he when the boy king was torturing inncoent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    typical little petulant children on the right.......

    August 17, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. vic

    Another lunatic on the right preaching hate and nonsense.

    August 17, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. afmcalax

    Would Cain have called for impeaching Lincoln since he did not support slavery which was they law of the land? Would Cain have called for impeaching Kennedy as he fought the Jim Crow laws since they were also the law of the land? Would Cain say that the Civil War was wrong and all those Union soldiers that lost their lives freeing his relatives died supporting an illegal cause? Should all those that died in the 60s and 70s trying to bring equal rights to Blacks also feel their efforts were illegal. Using Cain's logic blacks should return to the fields as slaves and equal rights should be written out of the history books since both were unconstitutional acts against settled law.

    August 17, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Adam

    Who is this guy, again?

    August 17, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Irish189

    This type of lying makes my skin crawl

    1. Herman Cain doesn't know the difference between the constitution and the decleration of independence, hes not exactly first on the list to be taking advice on the law from

    2. The health care bill may or may not be unconstitutional but its hardly a criminal offense, Obama would not be the first, and prob not the last if the Supreme Court struck it down, right now no one knows if its unconsitutional,.

    3. The administration is not appealing the RULING of the lower courts that struck down DOMA, however, they are still enforcing it since i believe its on appeal, Mr. Cain is misrepresenting the facts to the point of pants of fire, and that should never be toleratted

    August 17, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Canuck

    Hmmm.. I don't recall this guy calling for George Bush's impeachment for lying to the whole world about Iraq's non-existent weapons of mass destruction. Could this just be a partisan ploy.... surely not?????

    August 17, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Gary

    Good god. This man is the dullest knife in the drawer.

    August 17, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Dem_in_Utah

    This man truly needs to crawl back under the rock he came from. Then maybe someone can pick the rock up and slam it down on him...just saying.

    August 17, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. EK in Cleveland

    These fools were marching in lockstep behind George W Bush, who really did deserve impeachment.

    What a bunch of clowns!

    August 17, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Buy American or Drop Dead

    Oh yeah ... he's gone. Apparently, raving loony pills are a key ingredient in Godfather's pizza.

    August 17, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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