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. saltypeeter

    Cain's supposed 9.99 inch we-we didn't measure up to its porported length. Instead it was only 3.33 inches, so he was embellishing the numbers way too much. So that is the way it is...now he's back to makin pizza!!!

    December 3, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Keith in Austin

    Suspend means; To Stop! Don't read so much into Cain's decision CNN. YOU and Liberal Media outlets like you have managed to take Cain down. Congratulations!

    December 3, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Jimmie

    He must be quited his campaign

    December 3, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. NH Grandma

    It means he's cooked....another looney bites the dust.

    December 3, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. AMERICA 1st

    After all, it is called the WHITE house!

    December 3, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. informed voter

    Didn't McCain "suspend" his campaign to save the economy? That really worked out well for him...

    December 3, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. John Burik

    And... if memory serves, federal matching funds would still be available January 1 *IF* he's still in.

    December 3, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. Daniel Tumolo

    Mr. Cain, like many other politicians, is guilty of hubris. His self-inflated image allowed him to think that he could get away with his excesses. Fortunately, the open system we have worked to bring his excesses forward before it was too late for the nation.

    December 3, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Strange NWO

    Get a dictionary or either go back to school and ask your teacher.

    December 3, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. BWV208

    I am glad to be rid of this philandering liar who wanted to spend billions building a fence to electrocute poor people crossing the border; had too much twirling in his mind to know the latest news events (maybe too many ladies phone numbers). He made his egotistical megalomania obvious by his own speaking. The only megalomaniac left in the Republican nominees is the other philanderer and historian(?) – you know who I mean.

    December 3, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. richard thompson

    because of how things are today,I bet its just a way for him to get as much money in his pocket befor he drops out of public life. How bout a follow up on that.. Merry Christmas CNN

    December 3, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. jppjr

    Hopefully Cain is gone now.

    December 3, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Maria

    THANK YOU JESUS! they for got how he can't even answer the question about Lybia and Ghadafi? he didn't even know what the journalist was talking about ...oh Lord my prayers had been answered!

    December 3, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. te te

    Obama may have his faults but he not immoral like Cain.

    December 3, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. Liam Cunningham

    America heard your dream and signed on to it. America realizes that there are very few perfect relationships. It is up to Herman Cain and his wife to manage their relationship. Cain's message of reform and working such plans as the 999 are important to the average American. If he believes he can help America and his wife and family support and believe in him, that is enough to continue. Stand your ground Herman Cain and carry the dream further.

    December 3, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Anafiel

    Yikes! Another fine example of the GOP milking the American people for everything they have.

    December 3, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. greg

    Lose the sup in supending and that's what it means,does'nt want to say ending yet,gotta go on one more money grab,a male Sarah Palin.

    December 3, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. steven harnack

    What a scam. Does that mean that he will be keeping the Secret Service detail too? And they call themselves fiscal conservatives? Yeah, conservative with their own money but drunken sailors with other people's!

    December 3, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. Steven

    Cain's speech made no sense today. If Cain had not done anything wrong; why would he "suspend" his campaign? Finally the womanizer got crushed by his preys. I feel rejoiced this ignorant distraction is out. Cain has embarrassed his family, the GOP and it's about time to forget this clown. Ron Paul is the only outstanding GOP candidate.

    December 3, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. sowhat

    does anybody truly care?

    December 3, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Malcolm in St Louis

    Does it also mean he gets his matching funds in January? Another conservative at the public trough.

    December 3, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. Rick Rabbit

    Apparently he suspended the use of his brain many years ago..

    December 3, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. roro

    Oh, yeah. He's hoping the money keeps pouring in from the people who are too stupid to know how stupid he really is. What a racket! TAKE THE MONEY OUT OF ELECTIONS.

    December 3, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It seems that he should not be allowed to raise money because he wouldn't be really able to win. It is frustrating that he can raise money for other things that aren't a part of the presidential campaign.

    December 3, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. Stu

    Suspending means a "temporary thing". If something "fell" then it would hit ground. If it was "suspended" it would dangle. Herman Cain hasn't gone away. He craves media attention. If not front and centre he will be side and visible for the duration of this campaign and likely will be present frequently on the FOX entertainment network.

    December 3, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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