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
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  1. Jaywing

    Where the hell does this clown get off making statements like that? Really! So slavery, child-labor, women not being able to vote, women not having reproductive choice, prohabition, the non-rights of Native Americans, etc. etc. etc, which were all once the '"aw of the land" should stilll be in place and any President who disagreed and attempted to change or overturn these bigoted, racist, short-sighted and unethical laws should have been up for impeachment? Really? REALLY! This man needs to shut up and sit down. He is an embarrassment to his country and to humanity. Better yet, shut up and leave the planet!

    August 17, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Sean Smith

    Interesting... Of course that would mean, using the same logic, that Mr. Cain would have been in favor of impeachment for President Lincoln due to a "breach of his oath" as he failed to uphold the Fugitive Slave Law as well as the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Not to mention his involvement in that whole Abolition issue...

    August 17, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. WV Gleeman

    Who said what? Oh! Someone that wants to make a name for himself by making ridiculous statements. Check. Mr Cain, please look for free press somewhere else. Thanks.

    August 17, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Ron

    Are idiots the only thing that republicans have to run in the presidential primaries? Or is this their standard policy.....if you don't agree with the messenger, impeach him???? For god's sake, Cain, go back to your crappy godfathers pizza.

    August 17, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Rollin Smith

    Impeach him for telling the Department of Justice not to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act? Cain said the debt limit should not be raised and the President should simply cut government outlays and prioritize spending. Well, it costs money for the Department of Justice to prosecute or defend claims under the Defense of Marriage Act, so why should the President be impeached if he is doing exactly what Cain is contending he should do. It is tough to keep up, no wonder we could not get anything done on the budget.

    August 17, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Judy

    What a stupid statement to quote! Talk about a sore loser, and you must be desparate for news. Some day we may have good journalism againl.
    Enough of the trash from the mouths of idiots.

    August 17, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Futon Torpedo

    Somebody let Grandpa out of the house again...... wasn't me!

    August 17, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Leslie

    Another fool.

    August 17, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Steve in Denver

    It is not the lack of control in the senate that will prevent impeachment, it is the absence of Obama committing a high crime or misdemeanor. Because you don't agree with someone's policy does NOT make the other person's policy a crime.

    August 17, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. JoeT

    Yes, trying to repair the broken health care system is a high crime and misdemeanor. So is allowing gay citizens the same liberties as non-gay people.

    Fortunately, the US economy is in such great shape due to Bush's legacy, that Congress really doesn't have any real work to do, so they can focus on these cultural warfare items that appeal to fringe elements in our society.

    August 17, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Grundoon

    The GOP field of candidates if completely laughable. Now comes this guy. The president is to uphold the constitution of the United States and DOMA is an unconsitutional law becuase it is discriminatory. The man is a freakin' constituional scholar for chris'sake. Lame brains, the whole field of them!

    August 17, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Mike

    It is just unbelievable how these Republican candidiates take positions and make statements just to garner the support of the TP wing-nuts. Their level of disrespect to the President and to our system of government is shameful.

    August 17, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Lynne

    He should go back to making pizza and leave the politics to the grown ups....oh wait....there are no more Godfather Pizza places in my area....did they all close down? Is that why he is the former CEO? Also, shouldn't he, as a black man know that laws can change????????? If they hadn't, he would not be in a position to be able to run for president!!!!!!!!! Again, grow up, get some anger management therapy or whatever and get over yourself!

    So far I haven't heard word one from this guy about what he is going to do for me as an American....just vilifying President Obama and telling me how is blacker than the president. Being blacker, or taller or having better hair, or going to a better church or any of that stuff isn't going to make you a good President.

    August 17, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Bill Graham

    Horse feathers!

    August 17, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Jason

    Nothing to see here folks, its just another wack job that forgot to take his medication.

    August 17, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Spying on citizens, invading sovereign nations, torturing civilians—not impeachable. Not upholding the Defense of Marriage Ac – impeachable.

    August 17, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Greg

    Herman Cain...yet another Racist Right-Wing Garbage Spout, regurgitating the same Rovian-Filth that Faux News tells him to say. Racist scum!

    August 17, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Stupidscript

    Every election period needs its wacko. I was going to say, "needs its Perot", but Ross Perot actually had ideas for governing. Then I was going to say, "needs its Nader", but Ralph Nader is actually smart, even if he's off on a tangent. In neither case did I wish to insult those gentlemen, so I'll just stick with accuracy ... Cain's a wacko.

    August 17, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Cain just can't stop repeatedly demonstrating his ignorance of the US Constitution.

    August 17, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. JMAKF

    why is CNN.Com the mouth piece of the GOP?

    August 17, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. Cain Wasn't Able

    I don't believe Cain should be able to run for president based on his view of Muslims!

    August 17, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Cain Wasn't Able

    I don't believe Cain should be able to run for president based on his view of Muslims!
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    August 17, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Herman Cain

    Wait, doesn't "impeach" mean "make him a pepperoni pizza?" I'm confused. What am I doing up here with these bright lights in my face?

    August 17, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. beefromnj

    somebody tell me just what is this guy trying to prove? Is he trying to prove that he's one black man that's not on The Presidents side. is he trying to clown the President so that he could still have a chance at the white house. Does he think that the President has made it bad for all black candidates and he's trying to brown nose so that he can get some votes. I don't think so my friend. Mark my words you will never make it. drop out of the race now you idiot wannabe. no as a matter of fact stay in so you can make a more of a fool out of yourself to the people you are dancing for in hopes they give you the nomination. you sock puppet.

    August 17, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Davidj

    Well, Mr. Cain, you've done it again: You've given me a good reason NOT to vote for you. How ridiculous! In place of rhetoric, how about providing some viable solutions for the many problems our country faces.

    August 17, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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