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. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Newt prefers our kids clean toilets in school in lieu of studying. Then he wants farmers to live on space staions in colonies orbiting in space. And retarded Republicans are actually lining up to shake his hand? Americans are in deep deep need of having their heads examined. It must be due to the fact that the majority of Republicans are inbred cannibal rednecks.

    January 29, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw Well,
    We do need someone in the White House that has some experence. Actually we need Newt, Mitt, Rick, Herman, and other people that have some commen sense. We need someone that will get the country back on the right track. Newt, (And) others mentioned can do that.

    January 29, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Cain's endorsement of Gingrich is great! Way to go! Keep the brawl going. Hope the internal fight and name calling intensifies all the way to the GOP/Tea Party Convention. President Obama will win in November.

    January 29, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. northof48

    Great, one skirt chaser has the other chaser's back...

    January 29, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. John L

    Cain must be an Obumer Surporter siding with Gingerich!

    January 29, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Tom

    It is absolutely classic. Cain and Gingrich are enablers. They are serial adulterers without a moral bone in their body. To be the candidate of the religious right is a hoot. Look at how they are twisting themselves into pretzel shapes. Thanks for the laugh Tpublicans. A 50 state sweep for Obama? It may be possible.

    January 29, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Don Jones

    The GOP clown car keeps rambling toward the cliff. Time to step on the accelerator!

    January 29, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. billy

    No surprises here birds of a feather flock together –both are master womanizers OMG 😉

    January 29, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Leigh1234567

    Is this a surprise? One womanizer endorses another. Big whoopdeedoo.

    January 29, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    From one slithery creature to another. No surprise here.

    January 29, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    Wow, thats cool does he get an extra large pizza to go with that endorement? Gingrich looked a little peckish toaward the end of that last debate..........as Garfield would say; "gotta feed the Fat Cat).

    January 29, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. roscoe

    Great, Herman's on board. I am now waiting for another important endorsement......David Vitter. Then we'll have the womanizer part on record.

    January 29, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Didn't Mr. Cain state, within the past week, that he *would not* be endorsing a specific candidate, but rather that he would be endorsing solely the American People, instead? Yes, he did.

    January 29, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Grim Reaper

    One cheater endorses another. Perfect.

    January 29, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. The Broom Rider


    I know something about you and if you don't back off your endorsement, I will tell.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – Nancy "The Witch" Pelosi

    January 29, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. clearvoice1

    One cheater endorsing another cheater. Together they can Build a perfect America. Love to see them in the office as the President and the Vice President.

    January 29, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Reeiping it Real

    Rudy NYC

    Didn't Mr. Cain state, within the past week, that he *would not* be endorsing a specific candidate, but rather that he would be endorsing solely the American People, instead? Yes, he did.

    Who cares? If you are interested in promises broken or lies, show me that you are sincere by listing the top ten lies from Obama. I'm betting that you are too blind to see them, or refuse to admit them.

    January 29, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. kingwassabi

    I heard Jerry Sandusky is endorsing him to.

    January 29, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. AnotherDay

    Birds of a feather....

    January 29, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Bart

    Well, there's ONE kiss of death. All Gangrene-Itch needs now is an endorsement from George W. Bush. Come on, Dub - give the Newt what he deserves!.

    January 29, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. paul

    Wow, Newt must be proud. He now has Palin, Cain, and Limbaugh endorsing him. Newt will have to get even more "right wing" than he is now. If he doesn't win, maybe he could take all those extremists with him and start that colony on the moon that he promised

    January 29, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. jim

    Interesting. I have heard of 'the honor among thieves,' but I did not know it applied to philanderers, as well.

    January 29, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. pickettman

    He is who we thought he was...a sad joke!

    January 29, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Log Cabin

    They can help each other cheat on their wives! Look, Cain is an idiot. This is wonderful news for Democrats.

    January 29, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Jerry

    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"...

    The only "Clowns" on this blog are the ones that support the current clueless/spend drift president and YOU, of course.

    America, don't be fooled by all the name calling and the smoke and mirrors utilized by the current administration.

    Lets familiarize ourselves with the issues for 2012.

    God Bless America!!!

    January 29, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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