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. ruby gumshoe

    What do Cain and Palin have in common? They're both resemble the proverbial turd that just won't flush no matter what you try.

    August 18, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  2. JustFacts

    President Obama has said he would not defend DOMA as a law in court if challenged. He has not said he would not uphold DOMA as a law. Mr Cain doesn't know the difference between uphold and defend and diffently doesn't know what he is talking about.

    August 18, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  3. Bill in Florida

    What a loser! Everybody else knows he doesn't have a chance against Perry and Romney (and ditto for Bachmann, Gingrich, Huntsman, Johnston, McCotter, Paul, Santorum, and Palin is she's crazy enough to jump in), but his pride refuses to let him quit. But he's still a loser. Along with McCotter, Johnston, Gingrich, and Santorum, he'll be in the next batch to drop out.

    August 18, 2011 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  4. Tex71

    This guy owns a million starveling serfs and he can't even create a decent pizza – where the he!! does he get off pretending to be presidential material? Cain, stuff a calzone in that big mouth and chew on something you can handle.

    August 18, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  5. bigeasyinneworleans

    I guess when Bush's administration (Karl Rove) outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, that wasn't grounds as an act of treason in the eyes of the GOP?

    August 18, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  6. Audieme

    Is this guy for real? Frightening stupidity.

    August 18, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  7. MikeD.

    This comment is a harmless campaign ploy and nothing else. Notice that Cain talks about impeachment one day after another GOP hopeful called Bernanke's actions "treasonous"? Cain saw the other guy take a risk and receive support, putting himself in the spotlight. So Cain decides he wants some of the same action.
    Cain will drop out soon...

    August 18, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  8. randybuist

    Probably the most amusing group of comments every posted on an article I've read on CNN, and most of them aren't really even mean... just people being real.

    August 18, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  9. Sylvia Saint

    Do you hear that? It's the sound of the last chance Herman Cain had to be viewed as a credible, substantive candidate being flushed down the toliet.

    Let me get this straight, we should impeach the President because YOU don't like what he's done? Sorry Herman, that is not the STANDARD for impeachment. Oh, I won't take your comment as a "joke" or campaign hyperbole so don't try that excuse to get yourself out of this.

    Citizens of America, IF were thinking about contributing to Mr. Cain's campaign, you should now hold onto your money. With this latest example for making bombastic, purely partisan comments on so serious a topic, Herman proves he will never be elected. Don't flush your cash. Starve the beast.

    August 18, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  10. SuRy

    What a pathetic bunch of nut bags.

    August 18, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  11. SuRy

    Hey look America, we have a black guy too!

    August 18, 2011 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  12. logic in LA

    There is nothing wrong with being conservative or having a different point of view, but Republicans- Really?
    Cain? Bachmann? Perry? Even Romney? What are you thinking?

    August 18, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  13. Al L

    Cain is as big a freaking idiot as Bachmann and Palin. As a matter of fact, all those on the right running for president are idiots. It's a shame that people all over the world get to look at what we call politicians. Most of them on the right talk to hear themselves talk.

    August 18, 2011 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  14. Peter s

    Thats going too far Cain!! but you are not alone bruthaa!! do really name have meanings?The historical Cain is portrayed as sinful, committing the first murder by killing his brother! now the second Cain is calling for the First Half Negro, Half Caucasian president impeachment! you gotta love this pizza guy!

    August 18, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  15. concerned

    Cain is so ill. And the Republicans trot out Impeachment every time they feel like they can't legitimately beat a Democratic incumbent. It is so sad that the Republicans don't have any ideas, only hate for Democrats. If anybody likes the field of GOP candidates, I really don't know why. They are small, narrow minded and truly filled with unfathomable hate and rage. They have nothing constructive to bring to the table and I hope and pray Americans see the truth.

    August 18, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  16. MrPragmatic

    I have news for you, Hermie. Not liking someone is not grounds for impeachment. Methinks you have pizza dough for brains.

    August 18, 2011 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  17. Bill

    Cain needs to retake 8th grade Social Studies. First, the Senate has no say over impeachment. That is a matter for the House to decide. If and when the House impeaches a President (the equivalent of a criminal indictment), the Senate then decides whether to convict him or her.

    Second, matters of policy such as a position on DOMA or a law passed by both Houses of Congress are not, never have been, and never will be impeachable offenses except in the demented mind of Mr. Cain and some of his followers.

    Third, every time Cain, Perry, and others make such absurd statements, they drive more moderates and independents away from them and the Republican party. I am sure that David Axelrod hopes they keep on saying such things.

    August 18, 2011 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Tired of the Nonsense; I didn't like Bush at all. What a Screw up he was, but I do know that Obama has commited Treason, as many people know this. He took an Oath to Protect the People of the United States and Uphold Any and All Laws, which to this point, he has Not done. First, you do Not Challange a Governor with Taxpayers Money Knowing how the Majority of the US (Legal) Americans feel about the Federal "ILLEGAL ALIEN LAWS". He is essentialy Aiding & Abetting ILLEGALS by doing these things. Second, when is the Last or First time you have Ever Seen him Salute a Soldier or put his hand over his Heart to a Pledge of Allegance to our Great Nation???? This man Continuously Slaps All of US in the Face Everyday by Not Siding with the American people. He has BETRAYED ALL of US (LEGAL) AMERICANS. I kick myself Everytime I think of when I Voted for this Traitor. Unfortunately, it is always trying to pick the Lesser of 2 Evils, as it is Every Presidential Election. It does not matter who you or I Vote for, They are Not Standing for Anything that We (Citizens) want or need from our government!!!!

    August 18, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  19. Jeff

    Impeaching Obama is a wonderful dream.

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

    August 18, 2011 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  20. Tony

    @TheMostWise, Won't work since most of what he says comes out the other end.

    August 18, 2011 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  21. israel

    so because obama doesn't wanna uphold a bigoted law he should be impeached....okay mr. cain.....how come you believe we should impeach our president who hasn't really dont anything worse than any other president and a president who started illegal wars and tried to setup a haliburton monopoly in the middle east is good to go

    August 18, 2011 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  22. Ed

    In a way he's making Al Campanis look very good..

    August 18, 2011 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  23. Chris

    im not saying obama is the greatest president of all time or the worst, he is just a man trying to do the best he can, in the shit postion in which he took over
    took over from that coke hwad cant eat a pretel of a retard also known as George W. Bush, I cant see anyone of these so called canidates making a dent in our economy its something that has been in the making for years and takes just as many to correct, as for laws such as gay marriage, if it was accepted nation wide then he banned it, yeah you got a case but its only a few select states that accept it, if you make a case for that then shouldnt medical marijuana be legal nation wide.... issues issues i hope you all have some tissues, nation had been messed up for a while now its hard for one man to change that in a few years!!

    August 18, 2011 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  24. jesse

    This guy is laughable. The passage of gay marrage and recognition of said union is a state issue. Could have sworn the Republicans were all about smaller government and states rights. :P

    August 18, 2011 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  25. GoldenGate

    Cain – count the two votes you will get through the whole primary season and go home. It just isn't going to happen.

    August 18, 2011 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
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