January 28th, 2012
09:13 PM ET
6 years ago

Herman Cain endorses Gingrich

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich Saturday at an event in West Palm Beach, Florida.

"I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for president of the United States," Cain said during a meeting of the Palm Beach County Republican Party.

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Cain cited the former House speaker's "bold ideas" as the basis for his choice, saying Gingrich wasn't afraid to propose big ideas that would benefit the nation, even if they invited the ridicule of his rivals.

"There are many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is that I know that Speaker Gingrich is a patriot," Cain said. "Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas and I also know that Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder. I know what this sausage grinder is all about. I know that he is going through this sausage grinder because he cares about the future of the United States of America."

Appearing on CNN "Newsroom" after making his endorsement, Cain said Gingrich's platforms closely matched his own, including the 9-9-9 tax plan.

"When you find a candidate that basically is running still on the ideas and the ideologies that I was running on, along with him embracing 9-9-9, then it was a no-brainer and I thought that the timing was right," Cain said.

Gingrich said at the West Palm Beach event Saturday Cain's 9-9-9 plan would become part of the national conversation, but the candidate has not offically adopted the tax proposal as part of his platform.

While Cain enjoyed a spike in polls last fall, the impact of his endorsement is unclear. When he dropped out of the race in December, polls showed him toward the back of the pack of candidates. Asked on CNN Saturday how his endorsement would effect the race, Cain said he was more focused on guiding his remaining supporters.

"I don't care about where he stands in the polls," Cain said of Gingrich. "And whether my endorsement helps him or not, that's not the point. It's to let my supporters know that he is the closest to what I represented when I was still a candidate."

In a statement, Gingrich applauded Cain as a fellow "big ideas" candidate,

“America’s challenges are too great for mere tinkering around the edges," Gingrich said. "Just like Herman, who ran his campaign based on big ideas, I am running on bold solutions that will boost job creation, cut bureaucratic red tape, and fundamentally transform Washington."

Cain also accepted Gingrich's invitation to co-chair the former speaker's Tax Reform and Economic Growth Advisory Council, according to the release.

Cain ended his bid for the 2012 GOP nomination in early December after battling allegations of past sexual harassment. Cain attracted attention and followers for aggressively promoting his "9-9-9" tax plan, as well as for his charismatic personality and appeal among tea party activists.

Gingrich also received the backing of former presidential candidate Rick Perry after the Texas governor dropped out of the race ahead of the South Carolina primary earlier this month.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (464 Responses)
  1. jad

    this is getting fun

    January 28, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. nwi

    well, "birds of a feather" as they say. they both will have plenty of time to go hunting after what they love most soon.

    January 28, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. e2437

    Why is this even worth noting?

    January 28, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. tefera

    Go Herman Can go!!!

    January 28, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. CedarRapids

    So thats Cain, Palin and Perry that have now endorsed Gingrinch. I think that trumvirate alone should be the kiss of death for a campaign.

    January 28, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. mcjon22

    Of course he does, they have so much in common ( wink wink)

    January 28, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. RIALgal

    No surprise there. But really, does anyone care?

    January 28, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. tnsurge

    Of course..one accused adulterer endorses an admitted one....makes perfect sense

    January 28, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. Jdh

    That and $1 will buy you a donut!

    January 28, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. Lkhamblin

    Who cares? GOPers are all just worried about how to line their own pockets. And the Dems are all worried about how to take money from the rich and line the pockets of the middle class so they will keep voting for them. We need politicians that will look at what is in the best interest of the country. Not what is in their own best interest.

    January 28, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  11. Tim

    Well, that should attract women voters.

    January 28, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  12. Stacey

    Hmmm...a disgraced adulterer endorsing another. Interesting.

    January 28, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. cgs

    Of course he would indorse Newt. They both love mistresses. And the evangelicals seem to like that, too!

    January 28, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. SEO

    Of course cain goes for the serial philanderer

    January 28, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. Mark

    Its understandable- one adulterer should endorse another. Makes total sense.

    January 28, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. G. R. Smith

    Very sad to see this. I volunteered for Mr. Cain's campaign in SC because I truly believed he was a different kind of candidate and a man of honor. I must now seriously question that. Friends or not friends, the responsible thing for Mr. Cain to do would have believed in what he has said and stayed out of the primary fight. Let We The People select the nominee through the process as designed. Mr. Cain lost a part of my respect with this move tonight.

    January 28, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. TO

    Adulterers have to stick together I guess.

    January 28, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. Viet.Vet

    Not unexpected, one serial womanizer endorsing another, this should give him a big bounce in the pollls if you live on the moon!!

    January 28, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. true republican

    Our party is over. I will support Obama on 2012. Let me know when you kick out the "Clowns" and we are no longer seeking a "COLONY ON THE MOON".

    January 28, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. TK

    Ah yes. The 12th GOP commandment. He who commits adultrey should sticketh by his fellow adulterer.

    January 28, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. Jaxon

    Lessens his chance of becoming a president even more.

    January 28, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Binyam

    Herman Cain endorsement of Gingrich means the end of Gingrich's campaign for president.

    January 28, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. celtichunter7

    Hermie, I would like a large hamburger and sausage pizza with extra cheese and pineapple slices. Something to drink would be nice too. A large glass of Newts Ice Queen Callista. Shaved.

    January 28, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. DrVonBrain

    When people like Cain, Perry and Palin throw their support behind Gingrich....that says it all.

    January 28, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  25. JP

    Wow what a BIG Surprise!! One cheater endorses another....

    January 28, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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