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. Liz the First

    And this, Herm, is why you didn't win the primary. even rethugs don't want a totally delusional candidate. stupid? greedy? religious fanatic? maybe. totally delusional, not so much.

    September 21, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. shindigg

    he don't have facts to back that up...

    September 21, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. Leroy

    I learned one valuable thing from Herman Cain. He likes Black Walnut ice cream and now I do too!

    September 21, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  4. Vern

    Fair or unfair to say this, but a good portion of the nation has enough trouble with a black man as president. They wouldn't even go for an angry black man, like Herman Cain, as a candidate.

    And it's easy, Herman, to say such baseless things when there's no way to ever know if it would be the truth.

    September 21, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Puddin

    miki thinks....I agree with you......the Repubs may have had a better chance with Joh Huntsman. You described him well, and he was not so full of himself.

    September 21, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. ItSoNlYmE

    BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! Oh man Herman, thanks for that! I needed a really good belly laugh tonight! Hoooo boy, that's a good one!

    September 21, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. Joel Branson

    I'm voting for jesus, because a vote for Romney is a vote for satan. visit writeinjesus2012 at dot com for the truth about Romney.

    September 21, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. CitizenJP

    The United States of America is not a for profit business, you greedy fellows! It takes a lot of smarts to run a nation and sorry to say you guys don't have it. So no, the arrogant Cain would not be winning, rather he would be drowning against Mr. Obama.

    September 21, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. Lenny Pincus

    I think it is fantastic that the Republican party has been overrun by insane people like Herman Cain. With the damage he and his tea party weridos have inflicted on the GOP, they may have to start over,

    September 21, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. Davonroe

    @miki thinks
    You did not miss anything about Huntsman, the GOP missed everything. Huntsman refused to dumb down for the Religious Right and the Tea Party. As a Democrat I might not have voted for him, but at least I would have respected the GOP for choosing the smart guy..

    September 21, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. TAes123

    Miki- totally agree on Jon Huntsman. My guess he isn't "conservative" enough for the right wingers. Moderate is a dirty word to them. But Huntsman was the only one of the pack that independents would have taken seriously. This country needs more moderates and cooperation to actually get something done. My way or the highway achieves absolutely nothing.

    September 21, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. Hillcrester

    Wouldn't Perry, Gingrich, Bachmann, Santorum, and the rest of the seven dwarfs all make the same thing?

    They can't believe how badly the Romney campaign has mangled the election.

    September 21, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  13. Georgia Girl

    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.
    To: Miki thinks -,Jon Huntsman was too intelligent for that base and the fact that as a Patriot he worked for the Obama Adminstration as Ambassador to China because he was tapped. The base is so filled with rage and hate and yes for some racism, they could not look past that. As a 100% Obama supporter, Jon Huntsman was the only candidate that I was worrried that could beat President Obama. The rest, including Mitt the Twit was a clown show. I knew he would run away from his moderate views to shore up the tea party and the far right wing of the party, therefore selling his soul to the devil. I have seen a few of Jon Huntsman's interviews post primary and even he can't believe he lost to those clowns. But it all boils down to the republican electorate, they need to click their heels and realize we are in the 21st century and not in Kansas anymore (line from Wizard of Oz, not ragging on Kansas). Hope this answers your question.

    As of today, I think that Jon Huntsman has been ostrasized from the party.

    September 22, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  14. mike

    He is utterly out of his mind. He knows less than nothing about foreign policy. What he knows at home beyond "9-9-9" is.....what? He should never have run in the first place. Waste of time.

    September 22, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  15. aaron

    Yep, he could win a lying contest against small feat there. He could also win a footrace chasing a white woman...apparently.

    September 22, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  16. Thomas

    I doubt Cain would be Able.

    September 22, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  17. Name Suzette

    Are u kidding me! Lol!

    September 22, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  18. Adam4x4

    @ miki thinks: Hunstman had worked for a Democratic president. In the early primary season the Republicans were particularly extremist so they could not accept him. Too bad as he early on had an economic plan that was praised by economic experts. Instead the party radicals pushed for racists and someone who would help the 1%.

    September 22, 2012 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  19. Adam4x4

    There is no limit to Cain's ego. It's as simple as that.

    September 22, 2012 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  20. Grahame Rhodes

    Interesting that some people here who are against the President are so full of hate. Point of fact they offer nothing in the way of an alternative idea because they have nothing but insults. Such is the Republican party. I suspect that these trolls have little else to do with their time.

    September 22, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  21. Fortyseven%

    And if Herman Cain had started KFC, he'd have had more stores than Colonel Sanders. And if he were Apple CEO, they'd have come out with the iPhone 5 two years ago. And if he were Paul Ryan, he really would have run a marathon in under four hours. And... well, you get the picture.

    September 22, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  22. Bob

    Keep on dreaming Cain.

    September 22, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  23. atc333

    I wonder how much time Herman spends standing in front of his full length mirror at home? That is a very strange comment from a man who created 999 as a solution to the budget deficits, .

    September 22, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  24. rtbrno65

    Herman Cain has got to be one of the biggest egomaniacs ever.

    September 22, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  25. tmc

    Isn't it nice Clinton highlighted the dirty tricks happening with absentee/paper ballot pre-voting in Florida designed to disenfranchise minority voters– who would vote Democratic, rather than republicaN? Limiting it to 8 days before the election with would be a monday vs a sunday.. ONLY in the 4 counties that have high black & hispanic minority populations?!?
    This is all about mobilizing voters in your favor and discouraging others against your favor.. the dirty tricks have already started..

    September 22, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
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