(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.
– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker
– Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.
"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.
All this old fool will ever win is a free pizza in one of his third rate pizza shops.
"If you're not rich it's YOUR FAULT"....uh yeah Mr Cain I am sure you would be leading Obama right now.
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.
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.
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.
I would have voted for ya Herman!
Hey Herm.....I ordered a large pie w/ pepperoni last week. Where is it?
Yeah, Herman, you would be leading.....in 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.
Another sore loser. How much the people in his pizza chain get paid should tell you what he would do with his 999 plan.
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.
WINNING......You and Charlie Sheen.
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?
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.
Herman you can only win in your mind.......
A legend in his own mind....
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.
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.........
LOL. Caine is clueless!
Like Sarah Palin, Cain just doesn't know when his fifteen minutes are up and go away!
Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! Really? I mean really?!
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.
His America Dream.....some times dreams don't come true. Its his dream he can make is as big as he wants to.
I would have won - if I didn't lose.
Singing the Pokemon theme song isn't very presidential.
You'd be hard pressed to find a presidential candidate more deluded than Herman Cain.