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. Ozzie

    Herm, Can you switch positions like Mitt or fib like lyin' Ryan? If so, You could be ahead. You're certainly narrow-minded enough.

    September 21, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. John H ATL

    Oh, Herman, how cute. You're trying out for you new career in comedy. And that is pretty funny stuff. The idea that you'd be ahead of Obama at this point is sheer fantasy. You didn't have the good sense to know that you had too many skeletons in the closet and too little knowledge about world history, politics, science, and on and on–ever to be elected President. Maybe president of the local sour old men's club. Heck, you could be president of the "angry old white guy's club" AKA the Georgia GOP. I'm sure they'd make an exception for the local "little Limbaugh". Your 15 minutes are up. Good bye.

    September 21, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    Cain-Eastwood 2012, offering better pizza and popcorn during your cinematic bliss.

    September 21, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. odk1

    Cain was a laughing stock even to republican party, so what give him confidence to say something like this?

    September 21, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. fekt

    I could win this race if i was still in it instead of being forced to drop out because I lost it already. Great logic. I could be a Martian if I hadn't been born an Earthling instead. Wow, this is a fun game. Let's all play the new Herman Cain game.

    September 21, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. frontgate

    My, my, my, how sad. Rich elderly gentleman with nothing to do but fantasize about his non-existant run for prez.

    September 21, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. joethejuggler

    He'd be winning if not for the fact that he lost?

    Well, he successfully made Mitt Romney seem like a sane, moderate Republican with a consistent position on the issues by contrast.

    September 21, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Susan

    Seriously? This is a story? This guy's plan was worse on the math than Ryans, he had no foreign policy or gov't experience, and he was basically a joke. The only one who ever really thought he was a viable candidate was...well....him. (and the fact that he would lose the racist vote would have him polling even worse than Romney!)

    September 21, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    Richard Nixon's party struggles to be relevant.

    September 21, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. truth hurts

    Oh shut up Herman. You're not the candidate Herman so just shut up and stop trying to get publicity. This sort of comment only makes YOU look bad. I used to like you you but you are just begging to be disliked with this sort of comment.

    September 21, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Unfit Mitt

    Mitt is wholly and completely unfit for the office. yet herman makes him look like FDR. Heck, cain makes Palin look like a learned statesman.

    I think cain just like to see his name on the news.

    September 21, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. 2km N of GZero

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

    Question: Why is Herman Cain not the Republican nominee?

    September 21, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. chill

    Keep telling yourself that Herman. if you can't win primaries chock full of Tea Party voters, how would you be ahead in the general population?

    September 21, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Klargar

    Crappy pizza and a joke to boot, destroyed workers pensions at Aquilla Energy just like Kenny Lay. I think Mike Tyson did a great impersonation of you and Iron Mike is smarter and has more class than you.

    September 21, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Mark in Seattle

    Herman is having a "look at me, look at me" momment. Probably expects to be asked to step in for the guy that's losing more each day.

    September 21, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. spartan74

    I love it. One of the clowns from the republican primary circus thinks he would be more entertaining than the clown they chose to represent them. I'm not sure how you top an act that hops around in circles on one foot while sticking the other one in his mouth but I'd be willing to give him a shot at it. After all, it was pretty entertaining watching him think he actually had a brain.

    September 21, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Doodoo

    What a joke... It's been over from the start. Romney should just quit. Cain would have been even easier. Child's play. Obama victory party at my house!

    September 21, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. T Ferguson

    When you control pizza, you control information!!!

    September 21, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. PTNY

    9-Ninety-nine red balloons go by...

    Herm, say...Good Bye Mitt !

    September 21, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    People, I think that joke was over your heads.

    September 21, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Freeman

    This man who said, "If you don't have a job it's your fault. If you're not rich it's your fault. And I thought Romney had a huge ego!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. streetdude66

    With Hermans stance on the country of Beckity Beckity Stan Stan & how much of an advocate of Womens rights why wouldnt Cain have higher poll#s than Mitt?

    September 21, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Stopthemadness

    It really doesn't matter what Cain said he isn't a contender.

    September 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Bill in Florida

    Herman is just too funny! He clearly doesn't understand the depth of his ineptitude. Everybody: go to You Tube and type in "herman cain libya disaster"

    September 21, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    The republicans, double down dumb. They need audacious awards, the Mad Hatter goes to Cain. The Red Queens service award to Carl Rove. The purple Heart of Florence Nightingale to Akin. Ryan is a runner up for the Golden Goebbels, Rush and Coulter tied and will fight to the dethfor the trophy. the Seville's Barber mashup to Trump, is he gay, is he Republican or is he bankrupt again? STAY TUNED!!!

    September 21, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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