(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.
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.
Wow. What a cynical admission, to say you would use Romney just to get rid of Obama, then dump Romney at the first opportunity. What a bag of horrors the Tea Party is. No loyalty to the country, party over people. You are everything you claim you hate.
we just can't get rid of some people. crab in bucket.
Ah... another delusional republican....
Joyceann says "Our prime priority now is removing Obama".
What a sick, racist comment.
If you had said, we want to improve the country, that would of been a good
thing to say.
Your statements just show you as a hater. Grow up.
Well, he would get the pimp vote.
Sure, Herman, keep on yakking. Romney as horrible candidate, but you would have been even worse. Obama's going to win and would have beaten any of the GOP wannabees.
another delusional republican nutbag
Sour Grapes! He wanted to be the BLACK Republican candidate. He lost out so he'll try to sabatoge the WHITE candidate.
Cain should have vetted himself and then he would never have wasted everyone's money running the first time around.
This is just another Cain fantasy. Did he hit the undo button the issues that cost him the GOP nomination?
That's funny – Herman the Vermin makes a statement that is impossible to substantiate or refute.
How come faux "news" has anti-Obama headlines, but not even a story on how dodo brain Romney is quickly fading because of his own remarks?
joyceann – do you live in the US? Are you possibly talking about four years with Romney? As what, if I may ask.
Herman, Michelle, Newt, Ricky, let's not forget Lil' Ronnie.
And thanks to Mittens, the Circus Train is still rolling.
Where's Libya, Herman? LOL.
Doesn't it say something that even the GOP can't get fully behind their candidate? I realize Mr. Cain probably has his own agenda, but to knock your own party's nominated candidate sends a message that says, "While you may be the Republican nominee, you're not my Republican nominee, so don't be surprised when other Republicans don't support you in November."
Ouch, things are bad when Herman Cain is even gut checking you. "I'd be winning if I hadn't lost". lol
How would Cain be leading the race with his trousers around his ankles and his dirty mind in the gutter?
What an ........! Cain is someone who believes his own press releases. He's got the intellectual depth of a shallow puddle and his grandiose impressions of himself are embarassing. "Dropped out for family." Yeah, right. We all know what he was doing. Where there is smoke, there is fire. Now, when Romney needs all of the support he can get, he get's a whiny has-run spewing pure garbage.
Speaking of whack jobs, and an embarrassment that he even was being considered, how about Crazy Uncle Joe?! Every time I see him, I just blurt out "You've got to be f'ing kidding me!" That anyone thinks that Biden is anything but a whacky old coot tells us just how low this country has gone.
Sort of in the same way Charlie Sheen was "winning".
Cain can thank Romney and his thugs for digging up his personal life to get him out of the primary race. Those women were well paid by Romney supporters.
"we don't endorse Romney, just vote against Obama". wow, speechless.
The Cain train is always good for a laugh!
They'[re all losers. Look at who the republican party put up. Bachman, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Perry, Santorum, and the prize idiot of them all Romney. Is this the best the GOP could come up with. But then again, McCain and Palin. Might as well do away with the party and start from fresh.
LOL. Republicans are stupid.