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. dave in sc

    Just another squirt of seltzer from the GOP's clown parade of candidates.......

    August 18, 2011 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  2. malmn

    Only in America can people say such stupid things publicly like this and have the country's media focused on them.

    August 18, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  3. Kmartin

    Somebody tell Herman it's time to wake up and make the pizza.

    August 18, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  4. Amber

    In defense of Cain, he is not the idiot you on the left always proclaim any GOP to be. Is there ever any substance to YOUR ongoing ridiculous claims of the stupidity of GOP candidates, including Palin? You leftists are the idiots in the room. You can't even grasp the plain facts and truth that this country is going to collapse on purpose with Obama steering the ship. We can't take more of the same from liberals!!! Cain holds master's degrees in math and physics! You morons couldn't even hold an intelligent coversation with him! He's climbed several corporate ladders, which is something many of you would never aspire to since you love your unemployment checks too much. And, yes, he's a businessman of a business that hasn't folded under the current economic environment. So, I guess all this makes him a blatant idiot. Obamacare is unconstitutional and will bankrupt each and every one of us, some of us twice!!! You libs constantly think there is an endless amount of money in this country. That is the lie you go to sleep and wake up to each morning. And, yet, you think you people are the smartest ones in the room. ROTFLMAO!!! You only debate in the privacy of your own homes on blogs like this. Your ideology is indenfensible on the real streets of this once great country. No worries. We'll save you from yourselves in 2012!!

    August 18, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  5. A Kickin' Donkey

    On August 17, 2011 at 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm, Jason wrote: $20 bucks says that if a white politician said it, everybody would be calling him a racist
    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -
    Sorry to bust your bubble but a white politician DID suggest President Obama be impeached.

    Nobody called him a racist – although, if you want to try to remove a President from office via impeachment just because you don't like him - when for 43 other presidents that didn't happen - and this is the 1st black guy to hold the office - and he hasn't broken any laws [nor even gotten a Lewinsky!!] - there has to be SOME ULTERIOR MOTIVE.

    Or maybe the guy calling for the impeachment just isn't smart enough to understand the letter and intent of the Constitution.

    August 18, 2011 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  6. MOCaseA

    So from his comments, by telling the Justice Department not to enforce an Act that is discriminatory and by at least trying (albeit badly) to at least to something about healthcare instead of just wringing his hands saying something needs to be done, he needs to be impeached. Interesting...

    August 18, 2011 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  7. CheeseSteak

    He's funny. I like a good joke

    August 18, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  8. Hackpiper

    It's amazing to see so many GOP jokers shooting blanks so early in the campaign. Yes, lets just call for impeachment because we don't like the prez or his policies. Real astute understanding of the constitution there.

    Perry is shooting himself in the foot every day now, Bachmann looks loonier with every statement, and everyone just ignores the one guy who is at least consistent and thoughtful ... Ron Paul. (I wouldn't vote for him but I respect him.) The Mittster is smart to stay out of all this....

    August 18, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  9. Anthony

    Cain will never be President and he knows it! He is just trying to make himself "Relevant" in national politics by thinking that someone believes what he has got to say! Idiot!

    August 18, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  10. OBXJEWEL

    What a buffoon!!!! Definitely ready for the Comedy Zone network. WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS to want the President impeached? Because HE doesn't agree with Obama, HE wants him impeached? This man is dangerous! He doesn't have a chance in you-know-where of being elected. He needs to just shut up and crawl back under the corporate rock from when he crawled out! Idiot. Just an idiot. (Bush SHOULD have been impeached in 2000). The Republicans had better switch channels on their candidates. While I am sorely disappointed in Obama AND Congress, I do not think Michelle, Rick and Newt are Presidential material. (At least I know Elvis is DEAD!). Ricky used to be a Democrat. Word on the street is he has women brought to him when wifey isn't around. Wonder if THIS is true? And Newt?? Has started his own 'charity foundation' just so he can siphon money from it! (Can you say Tiffany bill????) Pitiful candidates. Poor Ron Paul comes in 2nd in the Straw Poll and the media doesn't even mention him! This election gets more hilarious by the week.

    August 18, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  11. HowieInBrissie

    I dare the GOP House to impeach Obama on any of those points, Mr. Boehner and Co. That would expose to every American your true Stalinist tendancies! DOMA is being "faithfully executed" unfortunately; the DOJ is just not wasting taxpayers' funds to defend this blatantly unconstitutional law in court. Other presidents have done it too, so should Congress impeach Reagan posthumouslly to be fair? What the health care law has to do with impreachment is really a puzzle, for a political disagreement is hardly a high crime and misdemeanour, if this really is a free country. GOP sore losers get over the 2008 election already!

    August 18, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  12. hank

    Cain, the same people that hate President Obama hate you also. Do you really think that they will let you be President? They want a white man back in the seat.

    August 18, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  13. krehator

    After letting Bush stay in office, there is no standard anymore.

    August 18, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  14. Jimboob

    Why do we listen to these "Nut Cases"?

    August 18, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  15. CJH

    Great . . . another nut case running for president. Keep 'em coming.

    August 18, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  16. 46th Pres

    He must be a racist.

    August 18, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  17. Socrates

    Well.. this doesn't surprise me.. All these so called smart guys that think that can lead the country to a better tomorrow.. Bush was one of the most mediocre president... Cain is no different than Bush.. another mediocre with no much brain in between his ears.. I can't call him clwon or buffon or jerk.. the only name that fits Cain's mina is parasite.. no different than Palin and Bush and all those greddy, selfish, self righteous conservatives that they claim to believe in God.. the only thing they believe is in their pockets.. A president that lied and brought this country to a war that was not needed in which 4,348 young soldiers died and more than 36,000 are wounded emotionally and physically meanwhile Cheney is collecting his bonus from halliburton as well Bush..

    August 18, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  18. historian

    If libs used their own twisted thinking this criticism of Herman Cain would be considered racist.

    August 18, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  19. JMB

    While Obama has shown a lack of competency when it comes to business, (trying to make the budget adjustment every four years to turn it into a political gamble to match election time) he has also done nothing to justify impeachment.

    August 18, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  20. Kevin

    Why isn't Hermain Cain yelling about car insurance? We have to purchase that, he should try getting that appealed first. I as a driver have the right to decide if I want insurance for my car.

    August 18, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  21. Rich39

    Wait a minute.. The white GOP candidates wanted to impeached Obama because he was black guy living in the White House. Don't Cain realize Obama is black, or mixed race. Here in South Carolina the GOP say the reason Obama won was that the whites in other states betrayed the white race, and voted for N____.

    August 18, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  22. tp1776

    Are any republicans angry that these candidates seem to be trying to one-up each other with extremist statements? Is this how you really win the republican nomination in this era? Do you really think the average American will respond to these statements in November 2012?

    August 18, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  23. pffffft not amused

    this president constantly ignores laws and the constitution..

    August 18, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  24. Taioseach

    Brace up boy and girls the closer we come to election time 2012 the wackier and more grandiose the sound bytes will become. Between this non-contending pizza man, the "Bring on the Drones" cowboy from Texas and the charismatic in denial looney from Minnesota, I just don't see how the Republican party will carry the day.

    The Republican candidates will be fighting a two-front war during the campaign, each other and challenging Obama.
    Why is Herman Cain given any credence? With the way the majority of the GOP has carried on, why does Cain believe he has a hope in H3ll getting any votes in that party let alone be one of the forerunners.

    August 18, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  25. Kenneth

    I thought the term "Uncle Tom" was outdated. Here it is, back with a vengeance.

    August 18, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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