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. Wake up People!

    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.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 21, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Mike

    Like ANY of the GOP candidates (except Huntsman), Cain would have disintegrated months ago

    September 21, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Cheese Wonton

    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.

    September 21, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. dave

    I know what Herman is doing for his ego. What is he doing for his party?

    September 21, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Mike

    The next thing we'll here from Cain is that he can run a marathon in 2 hours 20 minutes.

    September 21, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Expat American

    Joyceann – A Tea Party candidate will never be President of the United States.

    September 21, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Marlene

    Seems like the vultures are circling the mitt campaign carcass. But realistically, there is no way Cain would win a presidential race.

    September 21, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Chipster

    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!

    September 21, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Tom

    Herman Cain needs a high colonic.

    September 21, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Sly

    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!

    September 21, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Linda123

    In your dreams, Herman.

    September 21, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. BradKT

    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.

    September 21, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. us_1776

    Herman, is your wife speaking to you yet?


    September 21, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. reaperfearer

    You're still winning in my book, Herb.

    September 21, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. rbj

    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.

    September 21, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Church of Suicidal

    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...

    September 21, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. NoKidding

    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 !!!

    September 21, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Babyboomer

    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...

    September 21, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. d

    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.

    September 21, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. PixieDust

    Cain you had your chance and blew it because you couldn't keep your tool zipped up.

    September 21, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Norm

    I liked Herman Cain.
    He just didn't have enough money to buy the presidency.

    September 21, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Republican who supports President Obama

    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.

    September 21, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. SouthlandDenny

    How gauche for Herm to boast about winning a popularity contest that he's ALREADY lost.

    September 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Patrick Henry

    ~ tallone

    I would rather have Con. West than Obama any day. Anybody but Obama. Now attach your 'racist label' to that comment.

    September 21, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Bayousara

    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!

    September 21, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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