Cain says he'd be winning
September 21st, 2012
09:52 AM ET
2 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. joe

    Does he have another book for sale or is this about promoting the same one?

    September 21, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Martha in CF

    Wake up Cain you're having a nightmare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Mark

    Yes. I would be winning. Now beam me up Scotty.

    September 21, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Sly

    Poor Mitt ... everyone hate's him ...

    I wouldn't be surprised if Romney quits the race soon ... but it ain't gonna be Palin or some other TeaBillie taking his place.

    September 21, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. JM

    Maybe, Cain would have run on a 999 plan, and Romney is running on a "trust me" campaign.

    September 21, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. achtman

    Well, this was good for a laugh.

    September 21, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Patrick Henry

    Actually, it is time for the Tea Party to deep six the Republican Party. Racist = the 'go to term' for any liberal who does not agree with another point of view. Funny how a group of people that prefer tea at their parties are labeled as racist when Col./Con. West is atop our list of 'politicians who get it'.

    September 21, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. zeb

    I want some of what he's been smoking....

    September 21, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Person of Interest

    Maybe (and I stress maybe) when they were only talking economic policies. But now that "Uzbeckistan-stan" region is back in turmoil, doubtful.

    September 21, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Joyceann

    For you peole jumping off the CAIN TRAIN know ths. He would be president if not for the DEMO-GOP train. We do not so much endorse Romney, as vote against Obama. That is as much as we can do at this moment. To go third party at this time would defeat our purpose. We can work with Romney and bring the USA closer back to what we want, but he is a one term president. We will be trying harder to nominate who we truly want but first we have more work to do in Congress to remove those not on our side and not doing their job. Four years and a lot of work, but we are awake. Our prime priority now is removing Obama, and if Romney is that way, so be it, for now.

    September 21, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Morning Joe and Cain would have been great pair , Coffee and Pizza .

    We need more big egos in Washington !

    September 21, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. willy

    Maybe he could write a book called "I could have ran" "If I did it". Sorry Mr Cain, the timing just wasn't right. I would have voted for you but then the current administration is the most liberal I have ever seen in this country. .

    September 21, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. stevetall

    Dream on, clown-man. You must be on some kind of pizza high to be having these kind of visions. Now, back to your pathetic radio program where you can spin all the bull you like!

    September 21, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. zeb

    @Derek: "private sector" experience? What we need to be looking for is picking people based on what they've accomplished in serving their community! Let's see which president with "private sector experience" has actually done a good job as President - Bush I and Bush II? Nope.

    September 21, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. RdclCntrst

    Wow. And I thought Gov. Romney was a megalomaniac.

    September 21, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. JoJo

    Maybe Cain can still get in the race. He's had time now to find out where Libya is on the map and whether China has nukes.

    September 21, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Dave

    Sure, and, now, let's do a check on where Libya is.... Got it. Now, and this is even more important, do you think those Chinese commies are ever going to develop nuclear weapons?

    September 21, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. JoeW

    OMG – Cain is one of the several other 'pubs that are actually more pathetic than Willard.

    September 21, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. 2012liberal

    Got 2 luv the sideline quarterbacks! Ha ha

    September 21, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Hermann still doesn't know why his behind hit the road. He's about as stupid as former RNC Chairman Michael Steele who didn't understand his purpose and Alan West is included in that bunch also.

    September 21, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Chutzpah

    I miss Cain... he was always good for a laugh.

    September 21, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Blue Murder

    We can work with Romney and bring the USA closer back to what we want,

    And there in a nutshell is what is wrong with Republicans and why they will lose the election.
    Hey children, you wont play fair ?
    Take your toys and go home and let the adults clean up your mess.
    Voting down the education bill for veterans was the last straw.

    September 21, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    What has he been smoking? The only thing he had less of of a clue on than foreign policy is the economy.

    September 21, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Blue Murder

    The return of Herman Munster.

    September 21, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. TM

    Hey Willard, when Mr. 9-9-9 starts trash talking about you it's time to admit defeat.

    September 21, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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