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
soundoff (1,100 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm speechless at the stupidity of these people.

    August 17, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Geoffrey in Lowell MA

    This kind of nonsense is just smoke and mirrors to actually saying specifically what he would do himself, step by step and so people can see how it work. None of the Republicans can do that and so they come up with all this piffle and smoke. Show us what you got and stop with the crackpot theories that mean nothing.

    August 17, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Robin Bray

    What an idiot. Clearly he does not understand the law and what impeachment means.

    August 17, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Victory Gin

    Oh he is such a loud mouthed, hate mongering, hot air filled biggot. Repeal DOMA already and get over yourself. Your religion should have no say over the rest of us that don't prescribe to Christian dogma.

    August 17, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Sorensen

    He has now lost whatever little brain was left among the pizza dough.
    He still has very pretty sales-manager shirts and ties.

    August 17, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Chumlee

    Obviously this wingnut has had too much pizza in his life – even looks like a slice of pie.

    What a total joke this guy is!

    August 17, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Caron Speas

    Typical right wing vitriol. Wackos.

    August 17, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Doug

    I love this. Between Gov. Perry's treason comment and this, the evidence mounts that 1. the GOP presidential candidates have no clue what these terms mean and 2. They are too ignorant to run the country. Keep it GOPers, you're doing fine.

    August 17, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. luffing

    Boy, I'll tell ya, there sure are a whole lot of loons out on the lake this year.

    August 17, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. QS

    So Hermy, you believe that it is constitutional as President to have the Justice Department uphold and defend a law that is unconstitutional? Par for the GOP course I suppose!

    August 17, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Pastorspet

    Cain is insane. President Obama does not deserve to be impeached as the Republican led congress and senate have been so rigid in their self righteousness that they no longer have the ability to work with anyone who does not bow down to them. They won't be happy until everyone who disagrees with them shuts up or dies.

    August 17, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. gorddicnn

    Where does the Republican party get these clowns?

    August 17, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Louis in Wisc.

    Let's see my chances of winning are Zero so maybe if I say somehting outrageous my my left wing nutcase voters will support me.

    August 17, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. iheardthisbefore

    In another example of Herman Cain's ignorance of Government and US Law, he suggests that the President can be "impeached" without the necessary "crimes" or "misdemeanors". Cain is just not capable enough to be a serious candidate for office...he keeps making that point clear with each successive error made by statement or act.

    August 17, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. JonDie

    Why even have elections anymore? We'll just have one last election to elect Herman Cain dictator...and then life will be good again.

    August 17, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. David in Houston

    Cain, Palin, Trump, Bachmann, Gingrich, Perry...

    Do you see the trend here?

    "There's no point for democracy when ignorance is celebrated." -nofx

    "Majority rule don't work in mental institutions." -nofx

    August 17, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Ferret out the B.S.

    Another candidate that lives in La La land, where do they come up with this s#%t? Oh yeah he is a Republican.

    August 17, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Laughing at Cain (brother of Abel?)

    Cain? Biblical translations call him ""of the evil one." Well, Herman, you are doing your best to prove the bible correct. You have ZERO chance to become a republican front runner, but go right ahead with your hateful wet – dreams.
    Impeachment? If you state that there's really no chance for that, why even bring it up? So, it's just demagoguery (def: strategy for gaining political power by appealing to the prejudices, emotions, fears, vanities and expectations of the public).
    What a fine example you are for democratic discourse in a complex modern society. Go back, stuff your mouth with pizzas.

    August 17, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Howard

    I guess the democrats will now respond by calling Cain a RACIST !!!

    August 17, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Clinton

    As an independent, my view on this statement is... this is a ridiculous comment from somebody that is obviously overreacting to the fact that his party hasn't been able to dictate policy over the last 3 years... You can't impeach a president for passing laws that make it through the house and Senate... this guy is basically saying... SINCE I DON'T AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES I THINK HE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE!!! ..... what a stupid statement... nothing he mentioned is illegal for a president to do... I'm so sick of the back and forth... Democrats... Republicans... Tea Party members... you all need to understand that even though you have a lot of supporters... the majority of Americans are not on your side... the largest majority of voters in the United States are INDEPENDENT... and we are SICK of your refusal to work with eachother... ... YOU MUST COMPROMISE... Any Candidate that REFUSES to compromise with the other party on issues that affect the well being of this nation are essentially Anti-democratic and Anti-American... highjacking the system by refusing to work together only hurts this country and it's people... and I for one am tired of it... I will NOT vote for any candidate that refuses to work with the other party... .... So guys like this... better start changing their tune... because the largest majority is growing angry over this bullcrap... if you don't change your ways... you're going to see a LOT of turnover in politicians.

    August 17, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said it would be "great" to impeach the president, but that the Democratic controlled Senate would prevent such action
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Really? On what grounds? If there were grounds no Senate would be able to stop the proceedings.
    Now, about that yellow tie of yours is that meant to go with the streak down your back?
    Obama 2012

    August 17, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Straight Shooter

    Is that your proposed plan for creating jobs and improving the economy?

    August 17, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. RAWoD

    With all the problems facing this country this is what candidate Cain focuses on?
    Another GOP buffoon is thumping his chest.

    August 17, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    The best campaign that Mr. Cain can run is to keep his mouth shut when he is out in public. Mr. Cain strikes me as someone who is campaigning to be a CEO, or chairman of the board at some country club.

    Mr. Cain has not demonstrated any of the diplomatic tact required to be in politics, much less leader of the free world. Leading a country is not all about balancing the books. It is not about putting businesses ahead of the people. Businesses do not care about people, as much as they do their profits. If the people's government cannot defend and protect the people, who or what will the people turn to? They will turn on the government. That's where. If we allow the middle class to continue in this now decades long spiral, it will happen.

    August 17, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. rtbrno65

    "And I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow lots of hot air around" !!!

    August 17, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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