January 28th, 2012
09:13 PM ET
3 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. Henry

    Cain endorses Gingrich. {{{{{YAWN}}}}}

    January 28, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  2. jasper

    yeah.. figures one immoraler serial adulterer backing up another... geesh... with friends like this who needs enemies.. can you say goodbye presidential run... ?? gingrich

    January 28, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. skarphace

    Well, if I had needed another reason not to vote for Gingrich, Cain's endorsement would have been such a reason. As there is no chance Gingrich will ever get my vote, Cain's endorsement has no effect whatsoever.

    January 28, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. tommyt

    You gotta love when players support their own. PLAY ON!

    January 28, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. jeff

    One Adulterer endorses Another...

    January 28, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    "Birds of a feather flock together". It is not surprising that Cain is supporting Gingrich.

    January 28, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. skarphace

    So the serial womanizer endorses the serial adulterer. Figures. Birds of a feather and all.

    January 28, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. Eric

    Two losers, models of conservative "family values", and an absolute made for each other pair. What a surprise that Cain chose Newt!

    January 28, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. collieman

    Gingrich is done now with that endorsement.

    January 28, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Glen

    WOW- Now NEWT has the other Georgia Wife cheater HERMAN CAIN backing him. What a surprise!!! Newt is a ANGRY OLD MAN who lies and cheats. I will not vote for Newt -he is worse than OBAMA. VOTE MITT! HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN BEAT Obama.

    January 28, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. me

    Of course he is, cheaters do need to stick together!

    January 28, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. morvin

    One womanizing adulterer supporting another. That's news?

    January 28, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. WorriedConservative

    Great, another candidate with a troubled past involving women endorsing the "Family-Friendly" Newt. This will definitely go well...

    January 28, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  14. arale norimaki

    did ピカチュウ told herman cain to endorse Gingrich?

    January 28, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. TT Red Raider

    What a perfect pair...cheating on their wives and having mistresses. No wonder Cain endorsed Newt.

    January 28, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. RD44

    That should help newt withbase the female vote, maybe he wants to go to newts moon.

    January 28, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. JOYCE

    THANK YOU JESUS! IM SO HAPPY THAT CAIN AND NEWT ARE TOGETHER!I LOVE YOU HERMAN AND NEWT!

    January 28, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. Alex

    Herman Cain is an idiot.

    January 28, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. www.whydoesn'tthissurpriseme.com

    Wow . . . isn't that a strange coincidence?

    January 28, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. JuanVonDinklus

    Birds of a feather flock together!

    January 28, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  21. thecityofjoy

    Very bad news for Gov, Romney . This is a big endorsement and will net quite a few votes particularly with minorities .

    January 28, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  22. yun

    This is come with no suprise. Both are hippocratic aulterous politicians.

    January 28, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  23. Dick Dianmond

    Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich. Two family values guys. One chases women and lies about it. The other has had three wives and he cheated on two of them. My kind of "family values" guys. Their values are "Do as I say and spout and not as I do."

    January 28, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. birds of a feather

    When it comes to having your sordid past of serial philandering made public, there's safety in numbers....at least for herman cain.

    January 28, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. yun

    Bold ideas, yah, like open marriage. Too bad Cain could not come up with the idea.

    January 28, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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