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. AgrippaMT

    Cain needs to go back to his pizza kitchen. He was and is a total loser.

    September 21, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. snoozie

    LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!! Depth my body part! When asked to explain deeper alll he ever did was repeat 9-9-9. I can say it too – if I'd had been running for POTUS I'd be further ahead than Romney. Saying it doesn't make it true.

    September 21, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Wise1Speak


    Herman Cain is very much like Sarah Palin in that he cannot see what is obvious to everyone else.

    (1.) – Both are politically clueless on the national stage.
    (2.) – Both are clueless regarding foreign affairs which must be handled with great care, or else the issues can adversely impact the U.S.
    (3.) – Both are NOT ready for prime time.

    September 21, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Rick in Phx

    It really is a shame that the republican party could not even come up with one viable candidate this election. I'm an independent and would have at least liked to have a realistic option. Mitt Romney is still the same candidate he was in 2008. The fact that republicans couldn't stand the guy in 2008, but think he's the greatest thing since sliced bread in 2012 shows the current condition on the republican party. I for one hope the republican party gets their act together in the near future, but for now that sheep line that conservatives are feeding their followers of; "Anybody but Obama" is just a line to people that simply follow and can't think for themselves. What a shame ! ! ! And Herman Cain is a JOKE.

    September 21, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. PAUL

    Herman who? Never heard of him..?

    September 21, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Robert

    I have 2 things to say!

    1. You gotta have Brain drain if you wanna vote for Herman Cain!!

    2. I have to give credit to Mitt. He has an actual campaign for President. Herman Cain was running to be a Fox News Resident.

    September 21, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Jeff in TX

    Self-serving garbage. Forgettable. Is he still selling his book? Let's move on.

    September 21, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Emilio

    Wake up Herman Cain, Alan West, Colin Powell, Condi Rice, uncle Clarence Thomas and the other self-inflicted Stockholm Syndrome victims, they're just using your ilk to hide their true nature, much like an hunter uses camouflage whilst closing in on unsuspecting game. Show me a black Republican and you'll also be showing me a fool. I hate it when I see these stupid tokens in the on-stage backdrop for these Repugs. Aren't these people aware that they're being used to tell the lie: that normal black people are interested in racist-near-Nazis politics being spewed by the tea-bagging Repugs. Indeed, I'd find it strange to belong to anything let alone a political party where my kind are disproportionately underrepresented.

    September 21, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. curious

    One day Cain will be the answer to trivia question.

    September 21, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Rhubarb

    Reply to Wise1Speak's following quote:


    Herman Cain is very much like Sarah Palin in that he cannot see what is obvious to everyone else.

    (1.) – Both are politically clueless on the national stage.
    (2.) – Both are clueless regarding foreign affairs which must be handled with great care, or else the issues can adversely impact the U.S.
    (3.) – Both are NOT ready for prime time."


    September 21, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. miki thinks

    There must have been something that I still have not read that caused the Republicans to eliminate Jon Huntsman so early in the campaign.. Having been a govenor, and ambassador to China, personable and well spoken. Was it some kind of lacking in the social issues? He seemed to be articulate and very experienced.

    September 21, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. TexasAnnie

    This guy is way too full of himself. Obviously he's forgotten how he came off as a total fool when he was still in the race. It was a toss-up as to who was the biggest doofus– Cain or Rick Perry.

    September 21, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. dcpintx

    I like Herman Cain – but his "crystal ball" is not any better than mine.

    September 21, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Pete/Ark

    Herman lives in an alternate reality...SciFi writers could have a field day with this....

    September 21, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. it's obvious

    @miki thinks
    That is exactly why Huntsman went nowhere. Those qualities are no longer valued by the GOP.

    September 21, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Thank you, Herman Cain. Being the comic relief is a thankless job, but someone has to do it.

    September 21, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. thinkergal

    How could this campaign be any more nutso? With Herman Cain as the Repub nominee!

    September 21, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. T'sah From Virginia

    ►TRENDING: Cain says he'd be winning◄
    Hmm, was that BEFORE or AFTER he was caught sinning
    But he may have a point there but winning may be just a little too far-fetched
    He'd be a funnier entertainer than Romney and he won't need an Etch-A-Sketch!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!! NOT Cain and NOT Unable!!!

    September 21, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Joe citizen abroad

    Cain later phoned CNN posing as his own "spokesman" by trying to disguise his voice, and qualified his claim by adding, "I meant...I mean Mr. Cain meant..if women weren't allowed to vote." He then claimed someone at the Atlanta office ordered an extra large with triple pepperoni and never paid.

    September 21, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. Tr1Xen

    Duh. It would take the race issue out of it. Obama automatically gets a 12-13% advantage over Romney, regardless of what he says, does, or believes, simply because he's black. Black people want a black president. If Cain were the Republican nominee, he'd absolutely be winning right now. This is why the Dems dug as deeply as they could into Cain's past to try to find anyone they could to say something nasty about him, just to create a scandal big enough get him to drop out. If you don't think it was manufactured by the Obama campaign, you're a fool.

    September 21, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    I think Cain might come in third in a two man race. The only person he could beat might be Bachmann.

    September 21, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Manchurian Like a MoFo

    Oh Herman. You've been hitting the (pizza) sauce again. We need a leader, not the class clown.

    September 21, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. DanW

    It's true. I heard about it on Uzbekibekibekistanstan national radio.

    September 21, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Al

    So... ad clairvoyance to his other super power – feeling up unwelcoming women.

    September 21, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. SkyDotCom

    Make mine a pepperoni with mushroom, large.

    September 21, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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