On third endorsement, Cain backs Romney
May 16th, 2012
02:12 PM ET
3 years ago

On third endorsement, Cain backs Romney

(CNN) – Herman Cain, who suspended his own bid for the GOP presidential nomination amid a flurry of allegations of past sexual impropriety, backed Mitt Romney Wednesday – his third endorsement after dropping out of the race.

Cain, the former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza, held an endorsement event in Washington, D.C., where he was flanked by Rep. Michele Bachmann, herself a former presidential candidate, and Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

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"I know that there are a lot of people who may not be as excited as some of us about the process or as excited about the ultimate nominee, so why am I willing to officially endorse him along with most of the other Republican candidates? It's real simple. Governor Romney gets it right on the big issues. President Obama gets it wrong on all of the big issues. That's why we have got to have a different occupant of the White House," Cain said at the event.

In January, after teasing an "unconventional endorsement" in the GOP presidential race, Cain came out in support of "the people," saying it was the beginning of a political revolution.

"My unconventional endorsement is 'The People!" Cain said in a speech in South Carolina. "We the people are still in charge. That's who I'm endorsing. We're going to have to lead this revolution. We have to take our power back. I'm endorsing the people. The people who started this country."

Later in January, Cain announced he was endorsing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ahead of Florida's closely watched GOP primary. At the time, Cain praised Gingrich'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.

He explained in an interview on CNN his choice of Gingrich was based, in part, on the candidate's embrace of his 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.

At his event Monday, Cain explained his past endorsements, taking a veiled shot at President Obama's explanation for his change in position of same-sex marriage.

"My endorsement evolved," Cain said. "Early in the process is one thing, but as we converged toward the convention, what we did earlier isn't as relevant. It wasn't a matter of changing my mind."

He added, "Now that the process is winding down, I felt it fitting to offer a formal endorsement because I have been consistent throughout my participation in the process and that is that I would endorse the ultimate nominee."

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. He enjoyed a spike in Republican primary polls last fall, but when he dropped out of the race in December polls showed him toward the back of the pack of candidates.

Cain ended his bid for the 2012 GOP nomination after battling allegations of an affair and of past sexual harassment episodes, which was alleged to have taken place during his tenure as president of the National Restaurant Association. Cain consistently denied any wrongdoing.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    Romney/Cain 2012 LOL

    May 16, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    Romney/Cain 2012 will certainly help shore up the female vote and I'm sure African Americans would desert Obama in droves if Cain were on that ticket. 9-9-9!!

    May 16, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. BLKMANinAmerica

    It's the 3rd because NO ONE IS LISTEN to him!

    May 16, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. ST

    Now I understand why the majority are predicting Pres. Obama will win the election. Endorsements like these ones can not bring victory.

    May 16, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Third is not going to be the charm. The sociorobulky is NOT going to pick you! Go away.

    May 16, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Jamie from Riverside

    And at the convention he'll have a 4th endorsement: himself.

    May 16, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. v_mag

    To paraphrase Mr. Cain (BTW, it was Cain who slew his brother Abel):

    Will Rob-money make a good president? Nein, nein, nein!

    Does Romney = Bush? Ja, ja, ja!

    May 16, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. AZ dem

    @once upon a horse

    Are you serious?

    May 16, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Atta girl, Flipper. Trump, Bush and Cain; can the Quitbull be far behind? You seem to collect political losers and extremists like some wealthy dude who likes collecting things.

    May 16, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Kenny K

    @once upon a horse

    Romney/Cain 2012 will certainly help shore up the female vote and I'm sure African Americans would desert Obama in droves if Cain were on that ticket. 9-9-9!!
    __________________________________________________
    Don't get carried away. Only black Republicans will be excited. Black Republicans have run against black Democrats in the past, and we know what the results were.

    May 16, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I know that there are a lot of people who may not be as excited as some of us about the process or as excited about the ultimate nominee, so why am I willing to officially endorse him along with most of the other Republican candidates?"

    One could guess being out of the spotlight isn't sitting well with Mr. Cain. Beyond that, who cares? The excitement level of Mitt Romney went from zilch to minus zilch about 5 years ago. Apparently, Mitt Romney lost to Ted Kennedy and John McCain for a reason beyond his control. Lying and double talking isn't what America needs. We've already got a Congress full of liars and double talkers. Adding Romney to the mix isn't going to improve anything. Just the opposite. Dude can't even answer reporters questions without first getting with his team of "advisers" for his talking points. GW left the country in shambles. I suspect Romney would have no problem heading us right back where we were. Indeed, he is looking forward to doing just that.

    May 16, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Blindersoff

    "ah, duh, Libya . . . right" And The "You don't hav-ta know eva-thang" Priceless, indeed!

    May 16, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Lando

    He said the border pense needs to be electrified. He is hoping to be Secretary of "The Pense" not Defense...bwa ha ha ha ha...

    May 16, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Wake up people

    First the idiot that stole an election and then put us in 2 senseless wars and now a lying known womanizer.... The list of unworthy people just gets longer and longer that endorse Mittens. All of these useless endorsements, yet THIS GUY is afraid of the press. P A T H E T I C. Who in their right mind would vote for him as POTUS. I can't even imagine how he would have been acting had HE been in President Obama's place the night Bin Laden was killed.

    Did anyone watch Letterman last night? I like him. He told Brian Williams that President Obama does deserve credit for getting OBL and could the rethugs give him credit for something??

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 16, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. GenX

    Wow....the buzzards are circling the wagon now! I have a visual of flies being attracted to pooh. Eeeewwww! Sorry, the GOP makes my IQ drop.

    May 16, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Romney is not My Hero

    First The People (whoever they are), then Gangrene, and now an endorsement for DemWit Mitt. This just what I've been praying for. Thanks, "Uncle Tom" – LMAO.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 16, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. LBAM

    Robmey seems to think that endorsement are a prven means of getting elected and becoming commander and chief. No way in hell will RobMEY get this job as president.

    May 16, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. stars

    Mitt keep your eyes on long dong silver (Cain) he may steal your wife.

    May 16, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Orwell Sees it

    Cain, your the man. Could be secretary of defense, still time to convert, or it will be Glenn beck for DOD.

    May 16, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. tumbleweed

    Conservativess, blame yo self for the reason this country almost fell off the cliff. You voted for Bush twice. Blame yo self for all his unfunded spending and unpaid for tax breaks for the rich, which grew the deficit. For all the problems this country faced 3 years ago, blame yo self. For all the gidlock cause by the treasoness teaparty Congress, blame yo self. For the nations high unemployment , blame yo self.

    May 16, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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