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. Donald in CA

    I put cain right up there with uncle clarence thomas as the worst negro in america. And if he think the tea party will embrace him, i got some land in iran i would like to sell you.

    August 17, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Lou

    I believe that Cain is correct about the need for impeachment, but not for the right reasons. When Obama basically gave the "I.O.U" on the attacks on Libya, that was enough to impeach him. He is not special and has to hold to the law of the land just as any other citizen and is responsible for not only his actions, but for the possibility of starting yet another unneeded war. I do not believe that any of our police actions were legitimized. The US is not the world police. But back to Cain, he sits back and says this about the Defense of Marriage Act,but the DoMA is another form of segregation and has its roots in fundamental Christianity. The fact of the matter is that this country has something called "Separation of Church and State" and therefore should not have a law based on religious dogma. By upholding the DoMA, the US government is siding with inequality and the infringement upon the civil rights of a group of people that just want to be allowed to have equal rights with a heterosexual couple. Love is love no matter what gender, color, or religion.

    August 17, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Angryirish

    Can we get just one GOP candidate that isn't either an idiot or scare the living hell out of me.

    August 17, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. falcon615

    Here's a civics lesson, Cain: Senate has nothing to do with impeachment. The HOUSE IMPEACHES. It's the grand jury part. Is the president able to stand trial. The senate is then the jury that either convicts or finds not guilty. The House IMPEACHED Clinton. The senate found him not guilty. Boehner can get the GOP to impeach the president. There just will not be a CONVICTION by the senate. If you don't know basic policy, what the [bleep] do you think you are doing running for president?

    August 17, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Boo

    Dude, when you can make pizza like Papa John's, talk to me. Otherwise, it's been real.

    August 17, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. DE

    The people who SHOULD have been impeached are Bus, Cheney, Rove and the rest of the thugs in that gang who got this country into an economy killing illegal war in Iraq. (Where are those pesky WMD's, anyway?)

    August 17, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. 737ADX

    Mr. Cain, the Presidential Oath doesn't mention defending DOMA. Oddly enough, it does mention preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution, but I hardly believe DOMA is the same thing. May want to re-read your "Oath" notes if you want to be taking that oath anytime soon.

    August 17, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. rene

    Cain is a class 1 a$$hole!!!

    August 17, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. StormeeATL

    All the economic and other problems in this country and this clown wants to waste time impeaching the President for the Defense of Marriage Act? Just more proof that the Tea Party is far more about their social agenda than jobs or the economy. And speaking of economy, please tell me why the Repukes keep coming up with candidates who can't run their own businesses, yet want to convince us they can run the largest economy in the world?

    August 17, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Ivan Bial

    Mr. Cian
    The clinic phoned and you missed the apointment for your medication.
    and you Pizza stinks

    August 17, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Ober

    I think everyone is SO blinded by their partisanship that they can't see the legitimate point he brings up. He's pointing out that the president is intructing the DOJ to NOT uphold a law he personally does not agree with even though its their job. If the law is wrong CHANGE IT! through the same system that passed it. Same goes for GWB or any president. Our system exists to prevent exactly this type of abuse. Regardless of which party you support, NONE of us should want or support one man's whims superceding the law, because political power ALWAYS flips the other way....

    August 17, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. John

    The only impeachable offense I see is Herman Cain's face.

    August 17, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Philojazz

    What's worse than a half-baked pizza?

    August 17, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. The_Truth

    You Uncle Tom A$$ NI66A. What in your little pea brain would make you say somrthing like that? Please come to Nevada so You and I can discuss this little problem you have with our President. Uncle Tom

    August 17, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. C.R. Miner, Ph.D.

    "Cain says Obama impeachment would be 'a great thing'"

    Gosh oh golly gee! Words fail. I realize that the etiquette of online comments frowns upon words like "idiot" and "moron," so let me try saying that this fellow Cain is "intellectually compromised". How about "cognitively deficient?" Not firing on all cylinders? One spade shy of a flush? Ooops. That can't be right either,

    August 17, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. The_Truth

    @Abda he is a Racist in my book.

    August 17, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Techsupp0rt

    I would like a large pepperoni, extra sauce, hold the BS.

    August 17, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Mike

    Fool making noise with nothing to back it up. Typical GOP Presidential wannabe approach.

    August 17, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. R_R

    This guy wants to be president and he doesn't even know how Congress works? It's the House that actually impeaches the president and the Senate that tries him. Wasn't Cain paying attention during the Clinton era?

    August 17, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. Nare

    Just what we need from republicans....a couple more helpings of CRAZY.

    August 17, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. GOP hates Middle Class

    John K.

    Herman Cain could write a check and buy most of you losers on this forum.

    August 17, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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    This one is too juicy let go unscathed. This is the sickness that plagues the GOP. What's most important? Money. Not people, not ever. Yet, they swear to be Christians - you know love thy neighbor, and forget about Christ's teachings about what you do for the poor.
    The greatest irony is that you want to say that a black man could buy "the losers". If we went with the Regressive line of thinking, then we can go back to when any white person COULD REALLY buy Herman Cain. How's that line of reasoning working out for you?
    In your sick world, I'm about as rare as an African American Republican. Blessed to have no monetary concerns AND recognize that my taxes should go up at least to where they were during the Clinton era. Country and People first, not profits. Even more rare for you - I'm a Texan.

    August 17, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. jack johnson

    Then the whole tea party should be impeached. After all they held the Americian People hostage to get their way Like little kids if I can't get my way I won't play

    August 17, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Jim

    Cain is correct, Enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act would bring unemployment down below 2%, balance the budget, end Islamic terrorism and reverse global warming. Obama just isn't seeing the big picture.

    August 17, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Diane

    When will the GOP stop embarrassing themselves?

    August 17, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. pishaw

    Who? Why would CNN even mention this guy?

    August 17, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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