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. tombstone

    I'd think to be President you'd have to at least know there's land outside of the USA, he doesn't.

    September 21, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Captn Kirk

    Oh man. I'm in tears I'm laughing so hard. That is the funny thing I have seen all week.

    September 21, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Kevin

    Cain and Sheen = Winning!!!

    September 21, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Karl Jonas

    What planet does this dude live on? Oh, I forgot, planet 999.

    September 21, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. edinatlanta

    This is so logical. He could not beat the man currently losing to the president yet he'd be being the president.

    September 21, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Don

    Funniest thing I've heard all day

    September 21, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Facts don't Lie

    But of course Herman Cain would take the Black vote, Latino vote and that all important Female vote away from Obama quicker than we can say 9-9-9!

    September 21, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. actionjacks7

    Cain vs. Obama. Obama would win all 50 states + DC and the terrortiors.

    September 21, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. 4mofo44

    Mr. 9-9-9, keep dreaming!

    September 21, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. w l jones

    Those jemasees ( Georgia ) people cannot let it go. Bless

    September 21, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. tony

    Apparently he feels more than 47% of his female "conquests" would vote for him no matter what

    September 21, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. v_mag

    Oh, go soak your head, Hermie. You had nothing. You're one of those fringe people like Palin, Bachman, and Santorum who get in a race and get noticed not for ideas but for sheer stupidity, denial, greed and outrageous statements. You're a circus clown. You're a sideshow freak. You're way over your head and delusional.

    September 21, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Cain isn't helping the Romney campaign is he? I guess that he isn't a team player for Romney. It is beginning to look like the GOP is starting to fracture seriously before the election. Could this be a sign that Romney is going to lose?

    September 21, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Woman In California

    For once, Herman you are slightly right, at least you appear normal and able to relate to people but your party would never allow you to go that far. As far as you beating the president, don't make me laugh so quit lying but just about anyone would be a better candidate than Willard but again, that doesn't take much and I'll give you credit for keeping your money in the U.S. unlike the unAmerican from Kolob.

    Nice try Herman but you picked the wrong party.

    September 21, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Mitch

    He was a joke then and an even bigger joke now. Stick to your idiotic radio show, Rush Jr!

    September 21, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Dixon Herburt

    I know the feeling; I'd be taking the Browns to the Superbowl if I was their quarteback.

    September 21, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    "The reason is quite simple: I have some depth to my ideas,"

    You are like Palin, a quitter, that is your depth. Go home to rpublistan, take Lyan Ryan with you. Go play business, house, or bingo, or whatever.

    September 21, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Brian

    Herman go cook some pizza.

    September 21, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Jim

    In other words, Romney doesn't have depth to his ideas! Like rats on a sinking ship...

    September 21, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. jake

    Cain? Give me a break. 9-9-9 is german for no no no. Another grandious gop stooge with more uncontrolled ambition than the common sense that is required. That kind of narrow minded thinking is exactly what got the usa in the trouble its in. Remember w? Another idiot from another village. Keep yaking cain...we enjoy the humor. You should take your show on the road. I hear yuk yuks could use a good headliner.

    September 21, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Slowgun

    "The reason is quite simple: I have some depth to my ideas," he said.

    In other words he is saying Romney's ideas lack depth...thanks Captain Obvious!

    September 21, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Judy

    This from a man who didn't know where Libya was, or who Gaddafi was. (because he had "so many things swirling around in his head"). Dream on, buddy.

    September 21, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Smartstar

    Yes, I agree! Romney's 47% that he mentions will still vote for him and another 6-10% are so fed up with the putz in the WH now that certainly they will vote for Romney! So Romney will beat the High School Harry now in the WH!!! Cain would be ahead of Romney 75% to 25% by now!

    September 21, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. Michael Hobart

    I'm sorry Herman, but you were just one of a sorry lot of Republican Presidential candidates. The only one of them that I found reasonable, Jon Huntsman, was anathema to the Republican base, likely because of the fact that he was willing to talk to and worth with Democrats, he believes in science (e.g. climate change, evolution, etc.), and that he was willing to put patriotism (serving as Ambassador to China) ahead of personal political ambitions.

    Herman, running a country is a bit more complicated than coming up with a catchy advertising jingle. It's not just selling pizzas.

    September 21, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. michael

    seen it before, the ultimate victim hiding behind a lot of hot air.

    September 21, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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