What does ‘suspending’ mean?
December 3rd, 2011
03:07 PM ET
2 years ago

What does ‘suspending’ mean?

(CNN) –- With news Saturday that Herman Cain is suspending his bid for the 2012 GOP nomination, many are wondering what the move means for his future.

Federal law doesn’t have a specific definition for “suspending” a political campaign, meaning Cain is still legally considered a candidate.

Because he did not officially drop out of the race, Cain will still be allowed to raise and spend campaign funds as if he were still seeking the nomination.

If he had told supporters Saturday he was ending his bid for the White House, Cain would have been permitted only to raise funds to retire debts accrued on the campaign trail.

Cain will still be required to file financial disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission at the end of each fund-raising quarter.

–CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Quid Malmborg

    What does "suspending" mean? That Cain is in DENIAL about his viability as a presidential candidate. Do yourself a favor H-man and QUIT NOW!

    December 3, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Greg Morgan

    What does "suspending" mean? It means, "I don't want to say 'I quit,' but I quit."

    December 3, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Eric of Reseda

    It means that he can take all that money in contributions meant for a presidential campaign and do whatever he wants with it.

    December 3, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. jerry

    he wil help to defeat obama... save this country from his marxist ideologies....could it be he really wishes to do something for this country besides gain money and power for himself?

    December 3, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. SFC Mike

    In other words, "I'm not running because I finally realize I'm done, but if you're dumb enough to send me money, I can find ways to spend it and make it stick to some of my friends."

    Cain's never been elected to anything, but he already thinks like a Congressman..

    December 3, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. D

    Hummmm, sounds like Cain use using a page out of Odumwa's play book!

    December 3, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. tony

    Suspend- still taking in money?

    December 3, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. david

    "Follow the money."

    December 3, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Digger

    Does he still qualify for Secret Service protection?

    December 3, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Matt Johnson

    I believe "suspending" refers to the suspension of disbelief required for Cain supporters to do away with the ever growing number of accusers.

    December 3, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Joe Black

    even though Cain is out of the race, we will still have a black president...

    December 3, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Mike

    So ... Cain can still spend whatever he wants on anything (see media spin consultants) and "suspending" means nothing outside of a term to tell Republican primary voters he's not pursuing the nomination any more.

    December 3, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Joe Black

    I t is Bachman 's fault.

    December 3, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Teddy

    In other words, "I'm quitting... but keeping the money and hoping for more."

    December 3, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Joe Black

    What do T. Woods and Cain have in COMMON?

    December 3, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Pat Wright

    Now that Cain is gone let Gary Johnson into the debates.

    December 3, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Lean6

    I'm guessing that "suspending" means that he will still take your foolish donations, because the campaign hasn't officially been terminated. You know...one of those technicalities and loop holes the rich know how to exploit.

    December 3, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Wobbles

    Means he can continue trick the foolish into paying the cost of his book tour.

    December 3, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Rachel

    Suspending derives from suspend, as is pants' suspenders. Something Cain needs since his pants are often down.

    December 3, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Ken

    Cain never was a serious presidential candidate. His primary goal has been, and is to enhance his earning potential. He will exit the race because he knows that if he remains in, more allegations will render him unmarketable. That is also why his little wife is pretending to believe his lies about these women. No man pays an attractive woman's bill unless he's getting something in return.

    December 3, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Rogue351

    Suspend means he can still right off all of his expenses and collect money from people, and companies dumb enough to still contribute. It is just another way for him to live off of someones else's dime while pretending to be relevant. Exactly like every other politician. It was never about America or the people. Don't be fooled by any of these political hacks. It is always about money. If something good happens for the regular joe in the process they take credit. If nothing good happens for the regular Joe then who cares they walk away with a fortune anyway. Typical CEO mentality

    December 3, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. David B.

    Maybe he has a future in advertising. After all, he does like to tell lies every day. ;-)

    December 3, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. snowdogg

    I wouldn't want this man for our President...sleazy moves!

    December 3, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. ..a laurel and hardy handshake..

    Well Ollie, he said that "IT JUST DIDN'T HAPPEN".
    ..
    ..Stan, it seems THAT OUR HEADS ARE ABOUT TO EXPLODE.........................KABAMMMM !

    December 3, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. CTran

    ....it means quitting but it does sound better than quitting.

    December 3, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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