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
soundoff (1,100 Responses)
  1. Angie

    Another wacko candidate from the RNC (Rogue Nut Cases).

    August 17, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. craig

    You first have to have an impreachable offense to impreach the President. What has he done to be impreached. Nothing. Idiot.

    August 17, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Shut up Mr. 3%!

    August 17, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Noir

    Cain really and truly is a HUGE embarrassment. Is he only spouting off the most outlandish things just to get press & visibility? IHis run has become cringe-inducing.

    August 17, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. J.Crobuzon

    This guy's officially too stupid to be a candidate, EVEN for the GOP. He's just pig-ignorant about this country's laws.

    August 17, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. alleygator

    No shortage of fools running for the Republican nomination these days.

    August 17, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Obama 2012

    Thats right Cain. Try to stay relevant and in the news. Soon you will be a distant memory.

    August 17, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Howard

    Wow! I never knew that being the head honcho for a 3rd rate pizza chain would also qualify you as a constitutional lawyer. And to think the likes of Barbara Jordan and Sam Ervin did it the hard way. Or maybe ... just maybe ... all it does is qualify you to perform like a blithering jackass in public.

    August 17, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. ClydeTheSlyde

    Wow! Yesterday Rick Perry uses the word "treason", today Cain breaks out "impeachment"? What a deperate rhetoric of hatred and division! Obama is the first president in my lifetime that i actually trust to do what is best for this country, yet he is continually hamstrung by obstructionists spewing fear and anger!

    August 17, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. joe smith

    there are many things that should be done, but our elected officials walk blindly by as they ask for campaign money..the real problem in America, is how fullish the American people have become by swallowing hook line and sinker every thing the media tells them as to who is electable, and who needs to be our president..this assembly of baffoons, with ties to the middle east must stop..and stop with this election..the time has come for certain groups in this country to be seen and not heard..Ron Paul is electable, but you would never know it from the elite media we have, $$ is their game..

    August 17, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Jeff

    This wacko is with the right crowd....GOP presidential candidates. If anyone needed impeaching since Nixon, it was Bush-Cheney. Guess that Cain was too busy spreading sauce to demand their impeachment.

    August 17, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. kayla

    he has no idea what he is talking about he is just another palin/bachman in pants.

    August 17, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. RedMan

    Hey look who made the news again...! See all he had to do was say something really stupid. I'm surprised it took him so long, but stupid is as stupid does though...

    August 17, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. JayDeeT

    This Cain guy is a SICKO!! Where does this country get this kind of political garbage??

    August 17, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. deminca

    Cain is an idiot and a traitor to his race

    August 17, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Lieswillnotsetyoufree

    Unjustfied stupdity! Don't be such haters.. who wants haters to run the country... Sick sick sick...

    August 17, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. NOmorespecialinterestBS

    Go back to making pizza's you unenlightened idiot!

    August 17, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Mike from MN

    This BLACK guy needs to realize he is DARKER than Obama. What an idiot.

    August 17, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. LovesIrony

    Doesn't this idiot know that the House votes whether to impeach or not?

    August 17, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Mike, Albany

    This is why Cain will never be president. The constitutionality of DOMA has and is being questions in US courts. And why is health care, which is now the law of the land, an impeachable offense? Mr. Cain, you only need to look to your own party to see a plethora of impeachable offenses.

    August 17, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Jon in Rochester

    Mr. Cain has been overshadowed this week by Bachmann and Perry so he had to say something inflammatory to get back in the spotlight. The GOP candidates are all trying to top each other to please the tea party right wing fringe. Not a one of them is worthy to be POTUS.

    August 17, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Kathy, DC

    Herman Cain has some good points....Now if he would just mention Project Gunrunner....

    August 17, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Concerned Citizen

    Wow! Yes, that is exactly what is needed! Lying about weapons of mass distruction is clearly not an offense! But asking people to get health insurance (just like all of us are supposed to have car insurance) and allowing people to live according to the words penned into the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    So, who decides what happiness is? Mr. Cain? I sure hope not!

    August 17, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Jack Russell

    This miserable little man is SO far out of his element, it isn't even funny! What he wants is attention and money. Go back to your pizzas, Cain. In two weeks, he'll be retracting his statement. LOL!

    August 17, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. idecomp

    Waaaa.... Let him do his job there arm chair quarterback...

    August 17, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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