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. JR

    Impeached for what moron, being elected in the first place, God but republicans suck.

    August 17, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. Skipper

    I'm certain however, that Mr. Cain saw nothing wrong and nothing impeachable during the eight years of Bush and Cheney....

    August 17, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. works4me

    It seems this would fall under the RCRA (Race Card Reversal Act) on this idiots part. He's just looking for the attention he's not getting... and never will. What a Richard Cranium!

    August 17, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Gloria Vilardo

    Can't stand to hear all this nonsense from the Republican's. It makes you sick. Our poor soldiers are fighting for us while all these fools are so critical about everything. They are all interested in having power. The middle class and poor are the one's being affected by their nonsense. Tell Caine we don't need his opinion.

    August 17, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Mia

    roflmao Where do the Republicans find these people? good lord. This must be embarrassing for the middle of the road Republicans who probably want to rip up their cards when so many of these people are lame. They don't deserve this, and I am a Demo!

    August 17, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Phil P.

    The real question is: How much money did they pay this buffoon to say this?

    August 17, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Nestor

    Mr. Cain, the biggest one is Libya. That could get him impeached for sure. Agree or disagree with Bush's invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan if you want, but he had congressional authorization. Obama is running a war off the books without authorization.

    August 17, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Skipper

    Yet he was silent when the last administration committed multitudes of impeachable acts!

    August 17, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. bb

    Cain – you are a disgrace. Get off the stage, you moron.

    August 17, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. b

    What an IDIOT!

    August 17, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. CBR

    It is clear that Mr. Cain has no basis for impeachment. Race religion, and ethnic background have nothing to do with it.

    When will we be able to have discussions without name-calling, race baiting, whining, complaining, and just being mean=spirited. President Obama won the election. He did not win because he is black but because the American people who voted for him thought he could do the job and was qualified to do so. His college background is irrelevant. If college backgrounds made people snobs, then how about George W. and George H.W. Bush who went to Yale or does this only apply to Democrats.

    Mr. Cain's call for impeachment was outrageous and his belief that the President's support of issues and legislation that he does not like is ludicrous. Is Mr. Cain a real candidate or is he just doing the bidding of the TEA Party?

    August 17, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  12. Odds

    Is this guy serious? Obama's stance on DOMA is an "impeachable offense"? By that definition, what ISN'T an impeachable offense? And how do you impeach a president for signing a bill into law? "Because Herman Cain strongly disagrees" is not grounds for impeachment.

    Taking us to war without a declaration of such by congress. Now that's an impeachable offense. And one I believe both the current and previous president are guilty of. But idiots like Cain and the GOP are the ones who set the precedent by allowing Bush a pass in the first place.

    Grow up, Herman Cain. This is just pathetic. You, the GOP, Obama, and the Democrats should all be rounded up and placed on a deserted island where you can yell at each other across the aisle without destroying the country for the rest of us.

    August 17, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. Omooba

    Mr. Cain, you have no place in republican party. Your thinking that if you are used to attack the president, you will be recognised you hve missed it. Go back and re-think.

    August 17, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. Sandy

    Oops, meant recession, not depression. Senior moment, I guess...

    August 17, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. Fearfighter1

    A BLACK REPUBLICAN is like the chicken voting for Colonel Sanders (KFC).

    August 17, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. Fearfighter1

    A BL ACK RE Publican is like the Chicken voting for Colonel Sanders (KFC).

    August 17, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Aaron

    I half expected a bunch of idiots to be supporting this guy but that looks to not be the case... Thank you America

    August 17, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. Enigma

    Herman Cain would actually have to move up two spots to be in last place. Why report on this clown, the presidential race is already over for him, apparently he didn't get the memo!

    August 17, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. Chipster

    Cain is grossly misinformed. The Justice Department defended the Act until several courts ruled that it was unconstitutional and discriminatory. The President chose to stop wasting time and money trying to defend the Act because it is unconstitutional, There is no foundation for impeachment. Cain should study the Constitution unless he wants to continue to appear uninformed and foolish. If anyone should comprehend the evils of discrimination, the black community should.

    August 17, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. Smarterchild

    It appears that Republicans want every Democratic president impeached. Clinton had an impeachment hearing, and he left the country with $500B in surplus. The country would beg to have him back now.

    August 17, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. jean2009

    He is a whacking nut job...I think he has drank too much poisoned tea, and I bet his pizzas suck.

    @Greedy old pigs have declared war
    In the final analysis neither Bush or Gore won Florida. The vote that placed Bush in the White House was illegally made by SCOTUS 5/4 to put Bush in the White House. Something they did not have the constitutional right to do.

    August 17, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  22. warren goodman

    How could Herman Caine say something so offensive on Elvis's birthday?

    August 17, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  23. Most-Def White

    Who the hell is Cain? I thought he pitched for the Giants......

    August 17, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. captain obvious

    I think it would be a great thing not to have my college funding cut while other people don't have to pay taxes on their private jets. Just a thought.

    August 17, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. MaryM555

    This is just ANOTHER extremely stupid statement by the GOP candidates. I sincerely hope that someone is recording all these GOP stupid statements and will publish them in the near future

    August 17, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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