(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.
Isn't a black republican Presidential candidate an oxymoron?? Come on now Hermie, you can't possibly believe you would get the redneck support.... They hate President Obama and he's only half black. How far do you really think you would go?? They used you Herman, just as you used your wife to pretend you like black people when we all know your preference.
Like ANY of the GOP candidates (except Huntsman), Cain would have disintegrated months ago
Mr. Cain does not yet understand that the public is generally smarter and less impressed with his exaggerated claims than the shallow, needy women he spends a good deal of his time with.
I know what Herman is doing for his ego. What is he doing for his party?
The next thing we'll here from Cain is that he can run a marathon in 2 hours 20 minutes.
Joyceann – A Tea Party candidate will never be President of the United States.
Seems like the vultures are circling the mitt campaign carcass. But realistically, there is no way Cain would win a presidential race.
Cain is an advocate of zero taxes on investment income – better know as "Welfare for the Rich!" Any income should be subject to income taxation. Why would income that your money makes for you be exempt? Remember Craig T. Nelson on Fox when he said he had seen hard times – "I've been on food stamps and welfare, did anybody help me out? No!" Um, yeah they did, Craig, with all that free money and food you got.....yeah, taxpayers paid for that. Cain, taxpayers pay taxes on their earnings and so should you!
Herman Cain needs a high colonic.
Ha ha ha ... a black Republican ... ho ho ho now that is one of the funniest things I've ever read.
And Flip the Twit is spending weeks in tanning salon's trying to become Hispanic.
"Black Republican". Heh heh heh heh heh .... gotta love that one!
In your dreams, Herman.
You have to love Puff Daddy Sr. for comic relief...
...Now, even ol' Herm is admitting the President Obama is going to win in November. After that gem, now he can go back to squiring the ladies.
Herman, is your wife speaking to you yet?
You're still winning in my book, Herb.
I can't stop laughing...the heading alone is just too funny for me. His record shows he can't choose a winner and he is back to his losing ways...LOL.
Give it a try in another 4 years, Herm. The SNL writers will be salivating for new material by then. Right now, Romney's giving them all they can handle...
CAIN: If I was the nominee, I'd have a substantial lead over Obama.
ROMNEY: If I was president, these demonstrations in muslim countries would never have happened.
Blah blah blah !!!
Nothing worse then an old fool. Maybe Cain and Eastwood could team up and take their act of the road. Somewhere far, far away. While their at it, maybe they should take Romney with them. 2012's Three Stooges...
I miss Herman Cain. He'd be a terrible president, but he'd be a much more entertaining nominee than Mr. Romney. Watching the Romney campaign implode results in mild amusement, at best.
Cain you had your chance and blew it because you couldn't keep your tool zipped up.
I liked Herman Cain.
He just didn't have enough money to buy the presidency.
He would not have been in any position to be electable. Not only is he not presidential he has no substance or knowledge on what it would take to run this country nor be an effective leader. Spewing partisan shots or the ability to sell books (or pizza) does not make you ready for office. Bye-bye.
How gauche for Herm to boast about winning a popularity contest that he's ALREADY lost.
I would rather have Con. West than Obama any day. Anybody but Obama. Now attach your 'racist label' to that comment.
I have two friends who will vote like their husbands do, in their cases they are Republicans. But I wonder how many people say they will follow the lead of their spouse but don't do it once they are in the voting booth!