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


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soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. COUNTRYCOOK

    It mean his wife is mad as hell and going to d.i.v.o.r.c.e him

    December 3, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Tim

    suspending myswell just say rearranging what does that mean?

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    December 3, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Mary

    It means that he wears suspenders and everybody who supports him will wear them too.

    December 3, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. CharlieB

    The boy found out how he could back door people, LOL at his supporters, bend over I gotcha he's saying all the way to the bank

    December 3, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Lejaune

    It means he may go into the GOP primary and tell everyone to vote for him. If he is extremely lucky, he may be nominated, at least in theory it's possible.

    December 3, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. GODZILLA1

    'Suspending" means DAT'S ALL DER IS, DER AIN'T NO MO"

    December 3, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. RAMBLE

    You're reasonably smart. Google "suspending". You'll learn something.

    December 3, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. sara

    To spend the money. Lawfully he's still a candidate?

    December 3, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Johnson

    I have a feeling his over exagerated ego prevents him from withdrawing. He started out good; however, proved to be a sort of disgrace to his Party and his Race.

    December 3, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Pete/Ark

    It means he"ll still have free Secret Service protection to prevent his wife taking th' castiron skillet to him.

    December 3, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. AB

    Herman Cain should end his campaign and not suspend it!! He and everyone else knows it is over. Suspending the campaign creates the false impression that he could resume seeking the Republican Presidential Nomination for president in 2012. Everyone, including Cain knows that will not happen, given the series of campaign mistakes and gaffes, his weak grasp of foreign policy knowledge, his questionable 999 tax reform plan and his thirteen year affair with Ms. White. I think that it is better for all concerned if Mr. Cain spared him self, his family and the American people anymore embarrassment by dropping out of his campaign with dignity. He owes this act to all concerned.

    December 3, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Never Had A Chane Anyway

    Cain never had a real chance anyway! No experience, no record, no chance!

    December 3, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. arale norimaki

    Herman Cain: 'Racism In This Country Today' Doesn't Hold 'Anybody Back In A Big Way!

    December 3, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. ron brooks

    It means the player has been played!

    December 3, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Elphaba

    In other words, Cain isn't running for president any more, but he'll still take your money if your stupid enough to send it to him. Now that's what I call Republican logic.

    December 3, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Alan

    So often these sanctimonious right-wing crackpots who preach family values all the time get caught with their pants down. Makes you wonder who Dough-Boy Gingrich is shaging.

    December 3, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. JJ

    Suspend the campaign means "I just can't handle being outed like this because I chose to practice the Tiger Woods 'Loser's Guide to Crisis Management' technique."

    December 3, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. gate14

    So if he endorses another candidate, will he still be allowed
    to continue his "suspended" candidacy for fund raising purposes?

    December 3, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Patrick Samolu

    Mr Cain, we hate to see you go but you should have thought on this before declaring your intention of running for public office.

    December 3, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Thomas

    The IRS and the FEC better watch his accounts carefully.

    December 3, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. unretired05

    Just like $arah in it for the money.

    December 3, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. GJ

    He did not even need a mind-reader to tell him his bid was a failure from the word "go". The man has no clue.

    December 3, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Cassandra Chu

    Cain was never a real contender. He was just thrown into the mix by the secret service so that black voters could see that they didn't automatically have to be Democrats and that they could also be successful in business. The ads with the smoker, the foreign policy blunders all point to a set-up. People didn't "like" Cain, they just prefer him over cult member Romney.

    December 3, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. j mann

    suspended means he is too chicken to say I quit

    December 3, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Realist

    Definition of suspending: hung somewhere between a Republican heard-as-rock heart and his hard-on place.

    December 3, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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