Cain: 'Stupid people are ruining America"
February 11th, 2011
05:34 PM ET
12 years ago

Cain: 'Stupid people are ruining America"

Washington (CNN) - Herman Cain, the first Republican to open a presidential exploratory committee, addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference Monday in a speech laden with criticisms of the Obama administration's fiscal policies.

"Stupid people are ruining America," Cain said to applause and laughter. "We have to become teachers and educators of the stupid."

"The American dream is under attack, but the good news is we are fighting back. We are fighting back with our voices and our votes," added Cain.

Some of Cain's biggest applause came when he took aim at the health care law:

"Now that the cat is out of the bag, we know that health care reform legislation was an absolute disaster," he said. "That's why the House is trying to repeal and replace and we are going the help them do that."

Cain's comments capped off a day of speeches from several likely presidential candidates at the annual gathering that more than 11,000 conservatives are attending this year.

Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Herman Cain
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. michaelam

    Hey Cain-you might want to address the "stupid people" running the House of Representatives. "Stupid" voters elected a boat load of "stupid people" to represent them! BTW-where are the jobs that the "stupid people" promised to create? Jobs, jobs, jobs!!! The American people have spoken and they want JOBS! Get to work, "stupid people!"

    February 11, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Johnny B

    He is right, "Stupid People Are Ruining America," they are called Republicans.
    How can you take the GOP seriously, proposing 100 billion in cuts on programs that the poorest in the country need to survive, all the while giving 678 Billion in tax cuts to the wealthy? When was the last time your local wealthy person have created any jobs? The trickle down economics is a FARCE!

    February 11, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Sgt Schultz

    Oh so now dumb people are the scapegoats. How can we "become teachers and educators of the stupid" when staring pay for teachers is less than what a trashman makes? Or we balance state budgets by eliminating teacher positions or their pensions? None of the brightest minds want to become educators and teachers of "stupid"...when the government can't even afford to keep them on staff yet alone pay them a competitive salary.

    February 11, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Margie

    I agree get rid of the tea bags and republicans and we can full speed ahead and get this country back to the greatest in the world like it used to be before Bush and Reagan.

    February 11, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Don

    Better start with the people who watch Fox News. Surveys have repeatedly shown that people who get their news predominantly from Fox are far more likely to get their facts wrong.

    I couldn't have said it bettr myself: "We have to become teachers and educators of the stupid."

    February 11, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. John Ventura, CA

    Finally someone speaks the truth about this administration. Gotta love straight facts.

    February 11, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Big_D

    What is stupid is a person like this that lines their pockets with money from lobbyists then blame the rare occasion that our money is spent on us. Our major problem is that half of our tax dollars stay in Washington because the practices of our lobbyists are obscene.

    February 11, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Peter E

    Yes, I'm sure the health care legislation was a disaster... Closing a loophole that denied seniors Medicare coverage was a disaster... Spreading coverage to millions more Americans was a disaster... Allowing college students to be on their parents' family insurance was a disaster... Reducing the deficit through this law was a disaster... Denying insurance companies the opportunity to arbitrarily deny you coverage/DROP you from their insurance during your crisis due to flaky 'pre-existing conditions' was a disaster. Let's eliminate that all! Let's have seniors pay more and be denied more Medicare benefits! Let's forbid students to leech on their parents' family insurance! Let's increase the deficit! Let the insurance companies DROP you from their coverage the first moment you have a crisis and they 'discover' some pre-existing condition!

    February 11, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. vic nashville tn

    "Stupid people are ruining America,"

    I agree with him because they are preaching themselves

    They are pointing the fingers on them

    February 11, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Bobby Ray

    Stupid people are ruining America. There is a picture of one at the top of this article. Seriously, how can the government give out tax cuts and still claim to cut the deficit. The GOP sold this claim to the voters and were swept into office. Of course they can't deliver, but the voters won't figure this out until the Chinese foreclose on the USA.

    February 11, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Lori in St Pete

    Project much, Herman Cain? But, I do concur – stupid people ARE ruining America, which explains a lot about the 2010 House election results.

    February 11, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. GaryB

    Yes, I do agree that stupid people are trying to ruin America. You know, all those folks who swallow the Glen Beck conspiracy theories hook line and sinker and then elect Republicans who care more about corporate CEOs and trust fund babies than the rest of us. Fortunately, they're still in the minority.

    February 11, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Clwyd

    The only stupid people trying to run this country are the batch of nuts that were voted in in November and don't have a clue other than help big Oil, Big Business, Big Wall Street and now Big Insurance! Throw these right wing nuts to the wolves! They have already been bought by special interests and now are trying to pour all the money into the rich and corporate world1

    February 11, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder if Cain gave his workers health insurance. I'm betting no.

    February 11, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. A

    Yes get rid of the stupid people that dress up in their 1800's era costumes declaring smaller government. This is 2011 I thought.

    February 11, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Pete

    The rich are in fact who we need to create new jobs, but we have to incentivize job creation instead of just giving them handouts and hoping they'll do the right thing. They won't. The Dems have been too focused on giving back to the lower classes that have been left out in the cold for far too long, but that's not going to solve the problems we're facing. The Republicans just want to pass out candy to the rich, which is why our corporations are now fat, slow and stupid. We need to disincent offshoring (I don't care if it's good for your company, it's bad for Americans), focus tax breaks on job creation and better earnings for the lower levels, and generally getting more money back into the hands of the middle and lower classes. No more tax breaks just for being big rich corporations – there's been a whole lotta quid for not a lot of quo, and that needs to stop.

    February 11, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. cnntwiststruth

    "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck" Dalai Lama

    February 11, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Ken in NC

    I don't know that stupid people are running the government but I can say that if he wants to run the government, there are a few stupid people that want to run the government. People like Herman Cain, Sarah Palin and the rest of the Republicans. In the last election a majority of the stupid people in this country put a majority of stupid people in the House and already they are talking about 100 billion in cuts that affect only middle income and poor and they forced a tax cut to the top 1% that added 430 billion to the deficit. Now that's stupid. You put stupid in you get stupid out.

    February 11, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    Let's see Palin, Beck,, Limbuagh, Bachmann, Hannity..yeah he's right STUPID people ARE ruining America and quite a few of them ar e either at CPAC or running around with tea bags on their heads. Too bad though that the GOP is rarely in favor of education since they like to cut such things as PBS, NPR and funds for schools.

    February 11, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. K. Parks

    Now that the cat is out of the bag with senior citizens getting much needed assistance with meds, people not being denied health care benefits and struggling families trying to provide health care for the college bound children the 'stupid' people in the house want to repeal this help without a game plan to replace it.

    As they have stated they want this bill defeated like Hillary Clinton's health care. Remember they did nothing from that point forward EVEN when they control both congress and the White House. Republicans promised JOBS, but they didn't specify it would be lawyers with the jobs while everyone else is hung out to dry. So ask your representatives, WHERE ARE THE JOBS they promised.

    February 11, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. anotherGDlefty

    I agree 100% Herman, now quit it and tell your party to do the same.

    February 11, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. Bob

    The irony is classic.

    February 11, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. Chris

    Calling people "stupid" because they don't happen to share your point of view is not exactly what I would call leadership. It's pandering to the crowd and appealing to the worst in people – arrogant confidence in your perspective (which is by definition limited and so should always be open for consideration of others experiences) and contempt for anyone who doesn't share it.

    Is this really the type of rhetoric the Republican party is looking for in their leaders? Its leaders are really so incapable of actually identifying and addressing issues that all they can do is call people names?

    Have the common sense and emotional maturity to recognize that perfectly intelligent and well-informed people...might actually not agree with your personal opinions! At all! Instead of calling names, try to make a case for your point of view.

    It really does not get much more infantile than this.

    February 11, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Reush

    Funny, coming from a group that typically encourages pushing religion into science classes, as well as editing history books...

    February 11, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. SLP

    When was the last time your local wealthy person have created any jobs?
    Are you freakin kidding me?!!!! You do realize that these people didn't get rich by just sitting around and having a boat load of money fall from the sky. The majority of them started off at the bottom, worked their fingers to the bone, and built businesses that were wildly successful. Those wildly successful businesses don't run themselves. My husband is employed by one of those wealthy business owners. Ever heard of Bill Gates? He has provided jobs for many Americans.
    This is America. Everyone of us is guaranteed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It doesn't guarantee that all of us will be rich.

    February 11, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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