Cain jabs Palin again over 'flavor the week' comment
October 5th, 2011
05:15 PM ET
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Cain jabs Palin again over 'flavor the week' comment

Washington (CNN) – Rising GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain turned Sarah Palin’s words against her Wednesday, saying he's unconcerned about a potential White House bid by the former Alaska governor as she’d be the “flavor of the week.”

"The thing about Cain supporters is we build, and then we build, and we build," Cain said Wednesday at a book signing in Florida. "They don't defect. My supporters aren't going to run to the flavor of the week."

Palin previously knocked Cain's recent surge in the polls, casting him as the "flavor of the week" after he won a much-watched Florida straw poll nearly two weeks ago.

But this isn't the first time Cain, former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, showed his pique at Palin’s ice cream analogy.

In an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Cain joked Friday that his "flavor" was Haagan-Daas Black Walnut.

"Substance, that's the difference. I got the substance," Cain told Leno. "I'm the Black Walnut. It lasts longer than a week."

According to recent national polls, Cain has jumped to top-tier status in the 2012 GOP presidential race, joining former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Palin has said she's still considering a run but faces an Oct. 28 filing deadline for the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire.

"What happens if Sarah Palin gets in? Well, if Sarah Palin gets in, we got one more person in the race. That's all there is to it," Cain said Wednesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Jen

    As flavor of the week, I'd say Palin would be "Yuck!"

    October 5, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Nash

    I must admit "the flavor of the week" comment from Palin sounds pretty funny. It sums up th GOP Presidential field almost accurately. There was a time when Tim Pawlenty looked like the next President, even Gingrich looked good until he said the inconvenient truth about the GOP. May Rubio stands a chance now that Christie is out. Or maybe Ryan.

    October 5, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. w l jones

    We all miss you!! Bless.

    October 5, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Perfect...he's black, he's a nut, and it's like talking to a wall.

    October 5, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. "GM adding 6,400 jobs under UAW deal". GM is a true government success story

    Well according to the recent book she likes the flavor of CAIN in a coupel different ways.

    October 5, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Jake

    I just watched an interview with Mr. Cain and found myself liking him very much, and then the topic turned to social issues. Unfortunately, Mr. Cain does not sound capable of governing ALL Americans.

    October 5, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Sam

    She's not going to run. Not enough money in it. Plus that, she's out-classed by everyone else.

    October 5, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. JMu

    "According to recent national polls, Cain has jumped to top-tier status in the 2012 GOP presidential race, joining former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry."

    Oh, and Ron Paul. Regardless of your affiliation, it's WRONG that the mainstream media continues to neglect someone with his numbers.

    October 5, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. ObjectiveGuy

    I LIKE this guy!!! He isn't afraid to call it like he sees it. And he actually seems to have his head on straight, and embraces the American values that made this country great. In fact, he embodies the American dream. THAT'S the kind of president we need in the White House!

    October 5, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. jarhead

    Palin does not have the guts to get in the race and face the other candidates. Like any other ten yr. old, she will stand on the sidelines and criticize all others.

    October 5, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Twinsdad

    So now we know Sarah is where Ben & Jerry got the Sweddy Balls flavor.inspiration....!!

    October 5, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. thomas

    Cain: Not rich? No job? Blame your mama !

    October 5, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Michael Steele 2.0. No, thanks.

    October 5, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. MTATL67

    There is no way that Un-American, Un-Patriotic, thin skinned, vindictive, money grabbing person would ever get into the race for President.

    October 5, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. thomas

    No Pizza , no Job !

    October 5, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. vet in texas

    I guess Palin has tastes for RICE instead of CAIN......"budda-bum-bum- crash"

    Sorry, couldn't help it.

    October 5, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Me

    Sarah's flavor will be called white on Rice.

    October 5, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. BobRoss

    @SOUTHERN HOTTIE – either you have no idea who Michael Steele is or you have no idea who Herman Cain is. My guess is both

    October 5, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Yawn, he'll be out by Florida so who cares.

    October 5, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. awsomedeal

    Herman , Herman , Herman do you really think Sarah wont come after you now like a Momma Grizzley ??? Your ass is Grass and Sarah is the lawnmower !!!! no pity Herb Cain let the games begin !!!!!

    October 5, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. carly

    Both these clowns are flavor of the week, or maybe day. The GOP crop of candidates is a joke. Each with their own baggage and none with the ability to beat Obama. Thank god because we don't need any more GOP/Tea party clowns in Washington.

    October 5, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Kenny K

    Cain is a torn in GOP/TP's side. They (includie Palin) will not know how to react to his comments the way they will react if he is white. They would have jumped all over his "black walnut" comment if he is a democrat.

    October 5, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. modmike

    That is really good that someone is not afraid to take a swipe at Palin. I know she does not like that, so off to Facebook she goes!

    October 5, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    I was just about to congratulate CNN on NO story from (you know who) but up it comes. Anyway, I'm beginning to believe Cain thinks he REALLY has a serious shot at being POTUS on a republican ticket. Does insanity run in his family? Inquiring minds want to know. Watch it Herman the TP trash doesn't like it when you assert your God given rights as a human being and talk down to "their" people. They are going to put you back in your place real soon. I hope you can take the beating.

    October 5, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. Brian

    Cain supporters? All two dozen of them? This guy is almost as big a joke as Ron Paul

    October 5, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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