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. Jenn

    Once a fool, always a fool

    September 21, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. maine liberal

    "Both are NOT ready for prime time."


    difference is that Obama has been president for 4 years and Bin laden is dead

    September 21, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Mark Mahan

    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 😉

    September 21, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. tcaros

    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.

    September 21, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. timz

    When he said he would be winning, did he say it like Charlie Sheen?

    September 21, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Grinning Libber

    Both would lose against POTUS Obama. So whatever.

    September 21, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Sorry Cain, you had no chance.

    September 21, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. annieL

    He didn't get the nomination because Republicans oppose affirmative action.

    September 21, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. Sue

    I have no doubt you would Cain because the Republicans would have voted out of guilt.

    September 21, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Sue

    The Republicans would have voted for Cain to show they weren't racist.

    September 21, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Ginger

    If he would have kept his PP in his pants, he may have had a chance!!!

    September 21, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. Lifehiker

    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.

    September 21, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. jo an

    Dream on Cain...Sagittarius DREAMER!! HE HE!!

    September 21, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. Dane A.

    Herman, the pizza is cold!!

    September 21, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. EPAB

    I sometimes wonder what planet these politicians come from.

    September 21, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. jason

    i'm guessing Romney had something to do with the allegations...

    September 21, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. bob

    If you didn't win the primary, blame yo self.

    September 21, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Polar Bear

    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?"

    September 21, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. sqeptiq

    miki thinks, you just answered your own question. The teapublicans could NEVER support a person like you described.

    September 21, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Polar Bear

    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.

    September 21, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. Sorry Herm

    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!

    September 21, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Lord have mercy, this is funny as he** reading all the feed backs. I hope Herman takes the time to read them.

    September 21, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. Mary Derricotte

    I needed a laugh today.

    September 21, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. Stating the obvious

    Brain drain, Herman Cain, Capital Bain. Obama wins. The end.

    September 21, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. normajean @ verizon ,com

    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!!!!

    September 21, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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