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.

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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. thomas

    "Stupid people are ruining America" , LOOK IN THE MIRROR BUDDY !

    February 11, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Mark

    Cain is a prime example of what is wrong with our Congress. Get past the politics, pay for the war, reduce protectionist policies, promote fair international trade, reform immigration, simplify the tax code, raise the retirement age for birth year 64 to 66 and one year each thereafter to match longevity gains.

    February 11, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. ArtInChicago

    Yes, there are stupid people ruining America. It starts with the denial of science of climate change and culminates with possibly the most vetted person in human history still having those believe he not be born in the US and/or is a Muslim. Palin thinks the Soviets won the space race and Sputnik ruined the Soviet Union. And Cain thinks he will get the Republican nomination. Stupid is as stupid does.

    February 11, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    He's about three years late on that comment. He should have made it during the W administration. They all weren't stupid by any means, though. But the intelligent among them were mean-spirited and committed to a wrong agenda. But that's another story. The GOP can rant against Obama all day, but they have nothing better. They had the power, and they demonstrated their true agenda. And we are all the worse for it. If the conservatives gain more power in the next election we will just see more variations on the W administration. Thank you, but I'll pass.

    February 11, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. realitycq

    Dear Herman Cain,
    Name calling is nothing less than stupid.You and your greedy & selfish corrupt gangs are quickly becoming irrelivant.
    By the way who named you such urgly names?

    February 11, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. payback

    .......A black republican. How stupid can you be..Someone, who tries to identify with people like palin, bachmann, rush, and the beckster......really how stupid can you be?

    February 11, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. mlc in CA

    Takes on to know one, and he seems to know all about stupid.

    February 11, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. GinBR

    I am still waiting for ONE republican to offer ONE solution to the many "problems" they rant and rave about. These pep rallies provide only the promise of the next pep rally. The term "empty suites" was spouted by the repubs but fits very nicely on them.

    February 11, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. lforlegend

    That nut has some nerve. Trying to implicate President Obama really makes this joker look like what he himself really is. I wonder how often his party has referred to him and Steeley as anything less than a man.

    February 11, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Herman WHO?

    February 11, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Uncle Tom

    Um excuse me sir.......But did you happen to look around your surroundings, did you happen to know that Rush Limbaugh headlined this same event a short while ago, did you know Michelle Bachmen keynoted at this event a short time ago....

    Sir, you and the people in your party are the STUPID PEOPLE, and plus your black, you know white republican conservative america would string you up on a tree if they could get away with it.....

    February 11, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. C'mon man

    You can't be serious. This guy should know about the "stupid people" ruining America. They're all in his own party. I feel so embarrassed to be a fellow alumnus of the same undergraduate institution as this clown. No way he wins the presidency, let alone the Republican Nomination.

    February 11, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Angel

    Mr. Cain is a few years late on his remarks, George Bush is been out of the White House for two years now. Sad to think that given the damage the Republican philosophy had caused this country duting their eight year out of control rign, that one day American will forgive them and put another Republ;ican in the White House.... How Sad...

    February 11, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    The stupid people are trying to destroy America and they are called REPUBLICANS!!!
    During the election, Republican candidates told a tale that they were only concerned about the economy, the deficit and "jobs, jobs, jobs." Now that the GOP has regained control of the House of Representatives, the country is getting very clear picture of what the real agenda: to feed both the Radical Right and corporate sides of their base. This means censoring art, restricting a woman’s right to choose, clamping down on advances for LGBT equality and aggressively trying to roll back all of the recent progress from environmental regulations to health care reform. Anyone who trusts a Republican is stupid and needs someone to teach them the truth about all Obama has accomplished for the PEOPLE.

    February 11, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. Kara

    I thought they hated the educated elite? So now they educated elite are stupid? i wish they'd make the minds up.
    really how any african american can join the republican party after the way they've been behaving recently, and still call other people stupid is beyond me.

    February 11, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Albo58

    It was in fact stupid people that elected our current Manchurian candidate President and they simply "hoped" for the best! Well, as everyday proves, it was a MISTAKE and it needs to be corrected!

    February 11, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Chedar

    Hey Stupid Cain! you are calling America who voted for their candidate as stupid? Youi are one asinine Moron of its own kind. You have not evolved to human race. So shut your mouth up and go back to the tree where you belong.

    February 11, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. splovengates

    Donald Trump said it first, on CNN/Piers Morgan

    February 11, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. Ha

    Riddle me this. How can a black man come forward calling American's stupid. Pot meet kettle.....

    Try getting your ethnic group to stop having welfare babies. That would be a start in the right direction.

    February 11, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. CAWinMD

    Speaking of stupid, how dumb is it to repeal something that is obviously doing some good without having the replace part ready to go? And speaking of more stupid, unless you enjoy being Don Quixote, you'd better be talking to Senate *Democrats* if you want to have a chance in hell of passing whatever misbegotten replacement bill you come up with. You can work your will in the House (although isn't it interesting that you're taking the same tactics that you decried in the midterms), but you're going nowhere fast unless Senate Democrats are on board. But your Tea Bagger friends don't play nicely with Democrats, do they?


    February 11, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Let's see, Reaganomics are a proven failure, resulting in deficits ... two unfunded wars, one of which we were lied into ... deregulation of Wall Street, resulting in a global economic meltdown ...

    These Republicans are such wusses, unwilling and unable to admit they are failures and that THEY are responsible for our country's financial woes.

    Just a bunch of blowhards, money-grubbers and power-hungry egomaniacs who don't give a rat's behind about the average American. Except, of course, to scare them into voting for Republicans and against their own self-interest.

    February 11, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. calvin Kimbugwe

    Stupid people indeed. There are lots of them attending this CPAC BS! This country of ours has well tolerated the stupidity and neanderthal thinking attitude of the damn conservatives. Come rain or sunshine, 2012 is for democrats.

    February 11, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Johnny B: When was the last time your local wealthy person have created any jobs?

    Oh, come on, the wealthy have created plenty of jobs! They're just overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regulations are non-existent ... but, hey, weren't we all born to serve the rich? I know that's been my goal my whole life ... NOT!

    February 11, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Cain, your way of getting the so-called stupid people to listen to you is by insulting them, obviously you must be stupid.

    February 11, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. LouAz

    What turnip truck did this fellow fall off ?

    February 11, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
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