Cain says he'd be winning
September 21st, 2012
09:52 AM ET
6 years ago

Cain says he'd be winning

(CNN) – Herman Cain, the one-time frontrunner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, offered reporters in Florida Thursday some speculation on what could have been if he had remained in the race.

According to the Gainesville Sun, Cain said he would have a "substantial lead" over President Barack Obama if he were the Republican nominee instead of Mitt Romney.

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"The reason is quite simple: I have some depth to my ideas," he said.

Cain, who suspended his own bid for the GOP presidential nomination in December amid a flurry of allegations of past sexual impropriety, backed Mitt Romney in May – his third endorsement after dropping out of the race.

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.

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.

In May (as Romney secured the number of delegates required to clinch the GOP nomination), Cain held an endorsement event in Washington, D.C. for Romney.

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.

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soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. Sorensen

    All this old fool will ever win is a free pizza in one of his third rate pizza shops.

    September 21, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Facts don't Lie

    "If you're not rich it's YOUR FAULT"....uh yeah Mr Cain I am sure you would be leading Obama right now.

    September 21, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    This man thinks too much of himself. The biggest problem with Mitt Romney's campaign is poor management. I give credit to Mr. Cain for having ambition. You can't get far in this world without drive, ambition and self-motivation. Problems creep in when ambition and ego start talking to one another, which is Cain's biggest fault. He allows his dreams to cross the line into his perceptions of reality. Mr. Cain's best advisors were named sausage and pepperoni.

    September 21, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Jason

    Sure Mr. 9-9-9. Don't worry, you'll have to wait until 2016 to try and make a fool out of yourself again.

    September 21, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. sw

    He says he has depth. The man who solves our problems with 9-9-9. I have no idean how he even ran a pizza company.

    September 21, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Steve- Illinois

    I would have voted for ya Herman!

    September 21, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    Hey Herm.....I ordered a large pie w/ pepperoni last week. Where is it?

    September 21, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Mike

    Yeah, Herman, you would be your own mind only. YOU screwed yourself by pulling a Clinton. The more you spoke in public the more you started to drop in the polls. Besides, once the spotlight had been solely on yourself, the peopel would have seen you for the fraud you are.

    September 21, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. wwf

    Another sore loser. How much the people in his pizza chain get paid should tell you what he would do with his 999 plan.

    September 21, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    9/9/9 plan, the one based on Chile's tax code. If you want to see this country become a "banana republic"-style oligarchy, vote for the GOP.

    September 21, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Mark

    WINNING......You and Charlie Sheen.

    September 21, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. brian in denver

    A Cain – Palin ticket has a nice ring to it. & they can't do any worse than Romney – Ryan. Why won't anyone listen to Herman?

    September 21, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Sniffit

    MAybe he'd be "#winning"...but he certainly wouldn't be in line for taking the WH. Mittens may be a nihilist, an opportunist, a core-less panderer and a plutocrat puppet whose ambitions outstrip his abilities, but he's not crazy. Herman Cain needs meds.

    September 21, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. jackleand

    Herman you can only win in your mind.......

    September 21, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Canuck

    A legend in his own mind....

    September 21, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. just_a_moderate

    Mr. Cain, that's a new bar of crazy for you. And that says a lot.

    Let's be honest, the reason you aren't the nominee is that you lied to your own campaign. Sure, you lied to your wife, you tried to lie to us, but the real issue is that you lied to your campaign manager. That's the one person that needs to know the truth. You made a serious mistake.

    I don't know who you are thinking still embraces this 'renegade' and 'unconventional' stuff. That resonates with the crazy end of your own party only.

    Half of the problems that Mitt is having today are when he had to try and keep pace with you, Bachmann and Perry in running for mayor of Crazyville. You personally damaged Mitt in Vegas with that ridiculous "my wall would be higher and higher voltage that the other guy's" debate.

    Just go away. You don't help at all.

    September 21, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Shelia (MA)

    Cain and the dye Man (Mitten's) is full of it. Cain the pizza guy still hating. However, I must admit Cain can connect to average American's. Where as the Mitten's the bronze man has no core values, he will do anything to get a vote including dying his face only to court Asian's, Latino's, Chinese, blacks and etc. Shame on him.

    Vote America, Vote.........

    September 21, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Sandy

    LOL. Caine is clueless!

    September 21, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Michael Q

    Like Sarah Palin, Cain just doesn't know when his fifteen minutes are up and go away!

    September 21, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Strategic Bob

    Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! Really? I mean really?!

    September 21, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. TRussert

    He's ideas have depth alright. It's called a black hole; whatever goes in never comes back out, at least in this part of the Universe.

    September 21, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. TY

    His America Dream.....some times dreams don't come true. Its his dream he can make is as big as he wants to.

    September 21, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Jack

    I would have won - if I didn't lose.

    September 21, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Dionysus86

    Singing the Pokemon theme song isn't very presidential.

    September 21, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Sam W

    You'd be hard pressed to find a presidential candidate more deluded than Herman Cain.

    September 21, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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