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

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. Voice of Reason

    Week? They've BOTH long since passed up their respective 15 minutes' worth of fame.

    October 5, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. works4me

    I don't think I can take another 18 months of this stuck on stupid politics...

    October 5, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. W. Buffeet

    Wait, wait, ................what's the flavor of the week? Vanilla? Chocolate? Mixed Nuts? All of the above????

    October 5, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. c. sHEEN

    what's the flavor of the week? Vanilla? Chocolate? Mixed Nuts?

    October 5, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. K in Atl

    Thomas I love your comment!

    October 5, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. Relieved

    Palin has QUIT again..... Old habits die hard..

    October 5, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Stacey

    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!
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    No thanks! Cain is an idiot and an Uncle Tom who has no shot at the nomination. We don't need him or any of the GOP wackos shoving their "values" down our throats. Cain is NOT the kind of president we need in the White House and thank goodness this looney tunes never will sit in the Oval Office.

    October 5, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. gapeach

    All Republicans are out of touch with reality. They sell us out to support the 1% They suck

    October 5, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Dani

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

    Ron Paul is at the bottom of the barrel and has no chance of winning the nomination. Why should the media spend any serious time covering him? Besides, he's nuts!

    October 5, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Sonnie2

    GM is not sucess story. It is where the share holders were striped of their dollors by obama and given to the unions. That is not sucess. It is corruption at its finest. The Goverment has no right or authority to do such a thing. It's the obama dictatorship thing in motion. 2012 will get rid of many tax and spend rino's and democrats.

    October 5, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    Cain is obnoxious and boring!!!

    ►TRENDING: Cain: Not rich? No job? Blame yourself◄
    TRENDING: Me: Too Rich? No Creation of Jobs? Blame yourself!!!

    October 5, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Excuuuuuuuuuse me. The quitter was on Greta's faux news comedy show just last week praising "herb" cain. Now a week later she is throwing him under the bus?
    Did she finally realize that the herb cain she was congratulating is really herman cain? I am sure she didn't read it in any newspaper so somebody had to tell her that she made another boob remark. Which reminds me . . . . . see those ta tas? Those are the real ones not the inflated ones shown on that other picture that cnn can't get enough of and some men think are real.

    October 5, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. CC

    Both of them make me want to throw up in my mouth... neither would be a flavor of choice. Say it ain't so is all I can say, say it ain't so... he is so arrogant and full of himself, and she doesn't have a clue... neither one of these clowns in the white house.

    October 5, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. MIke smith

    Anyone who has had kids around 6-8 years old has seen this before. Just not from grown adults pretending to be presidential material.

    October 5, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. James

    Cain–You just lost my vote–Go back in yoiur box and come out when you can be civil–

    October 5, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. dear God

    OK, there's Cain. Now we need to find someone able. Oh, we already have him! Obama!

    October 5, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. all chaff, no wheat

    Has Sarah Palin ever been anything but "flavor of the week"? And I hope you like vanilla!

    October 5, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. Kweg Yung

    Corporate America's expansion into China was paid for by the American taxpayer. Bush's “tax cuts for the rich” policy helped to fund this transition. That's why no American jobs were created but a lot of Chinese jobs were. Republican politicians represent the corporate rich, the 'job creators'. When was the last time you saw a job created in the U.S.? The rich don't pay tax in this country and their corporations are physically based in communist China; where, by the way, SOCIALIZED healthcare and SOCIALIZED education are the norm. Republican politicians sold us (U.S.) out.

    October 5, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  19. Minnie's Pearls

    If Palin were a flavor of the week, it would be white on Rice.

    October 5, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. Georgia Tee

    enjoy the moment Herm, it won't be long before they turn on you.....

    October 5, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    Cain better be careful because Palin thinks she is the "Savior of the Week." He would have to almost kiss her feet to get her endorsement. But maybe he would better if he doesn't because Palin is Poison!!

    October 5, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  22. A Democrat in North Carolina

    Mr. Cain enjoy your moment now because you will not win the Republican Primary.

    October 6, 2011 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  23. PhonyRepubs

    You got that right Palin is a money grabbing, quitter gov, , un American, hateful person.

    October 6, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  24. CRB

    I like Mr. Cain...he is a well accomplished man with great ideas – but he just doesn't have what he needs (the political experience) to govern this nation.

    But given the history of problematic issues our country has faced since its founding, it doesn't appear that anyone has what's needed to run our government.

    October 6, 2011 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  25. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Herb Cain has no money. He can't raise any money. What campaign?

    October 6, 2011 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
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