(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.
Once a fool, always a fool
"Both are NOT ready for prime time."
THANK YOU !! YOU JUST DESCRIBED BARACK "THE HOAX" OBAMA PERFECTLY
difference is that Obama has been president for 4 years and Bin laden is dead
Off the point but.....liberals and CNN reporters are constantly pointing to the fact that BUSH had OBAMA the largest debt of any presidents of past. however.....they are failing to overlook the contribution 911, the dot com burst (under Clinton's watch) along with the corruption of Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac all of gave the economic "free fall" a handsome push ;-)
Dirty leg Cain would be the laughing stock by now.
Where's your 999 plan Hermy? I guess that gimmick didn't work at all.
When he said he would be winning, did he say it like Charlie Sheen?
Both would lose against POTUS Obama. So whatever.
Sorry Cain, you had no chance.
He didn't get the nomination because Republicans oppose affirmative action.
I have no doubt you would Cain because the Republicans would have voted out of guilt.
The Republicans would have voted for Cain to show they weren't racist.
If he would have kept his PP in his pants, he may have had a chance!!!
I agree with MIKI THINKS; whatever happened to Huntsman, by far the best repub candidate but rejected by them? Too smart, too calm, too diplomatic, too fact-based, too clean...he had a real chance to beat Obama. Trouble was, he was too honest to spout the BS that even Romney has had to say to placate the far right. It would have been a great presidential race, but it didn't happen. Cain, on the other hand, was never more than a bad joke.
Dream on Cain...Sagittarius DREAMER!! HE HE!!
Herman, the pizza is cold!!
I sometimes wonder what planet these politicians come from.
i'm guessing Romney had something to do with the allegations...
If you didn't win the primary, blame yo self.
Cain's a low rent preacher in a pulpit with low intelligence who has come to believe his own press releases. Talk about an empty chair. What do they call it "delusions of grandeur?"
miki thinks, you just answered your own question. The teapublicans could NEVER support a person like you described.
I think less of conservatives who like Cain than I do libs that like the Anointed One. Fools worshiping a false idol. In both cases.
Cain would just be espousing the Same Republican rhetoric that is not getting Mitt or his partner anywhere. Clear and Simple. People are not going to go back to the Failed Republican Policies of the Past. They now know that money talks but unfortunately what it is saying is it wants to buy the White House. That is not acceptable to the Middle Class, the Poor, the Elderly, Women, Minorities and a host of other Americans who now know better than to elect a Mega-Rich Republican to the nation's highest office. CONServative rhetoric is like a virus to the American people now. Sorry Herm But You'd Be Just Another Germ In the Presidential Race!
Lord have mercy, this is funny as he** reading all the feed backs. I hope Herman takes the time to read them.
I needed a laugh today.
Brain drain, Herman Cain, Capital Bain. Obama wins. The end.
He didn't have enough of a platform for president,,,,,but he was a fun guy....the type you'd like to have around to lighten life with a few laughs.I didn't take his nonsense as seriously as some of you...... I couldn't have but I still got a few laughs listening to him!!! We needed a little silliness at that time!!!!