Cain: 'Stupid people are ruining America"
February 11th, 2011
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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. japan

    people what you expect from this clown? He's rich and got richer with the tax cut, a mind is a terrible thing to waste

    February 12, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  2. OH YEAH?

    I agree. The republicans spending cut plan cuts everything for the middle class in the US, but cuts NOTHING in FOREIGN aid or defense. They care more about foreign countries than they do about the UNITED States. I suggest we ship them all to the foreign country of their choice to live.

    February 12, 2011 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  3. Joel

    So... anyone that disagrees with him is stupid? That sounds like a pretty stupid perspective to me.

    February 12, 2011 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  4. wgf

    Johnny B - You're absolutely right. Speaking as someone who runs a small business, and benefited from the tax cuts, I can tell you that they have no impact whatsoever on whether or not I choose to hire someone. People are hired when the business in busy enough to require additional personnel, not because I'm paying $1,500 less in taxes and have a smal amount of cash laying around.

    February 12, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  5. saywhat

    Its funny really when the Right wing blog and right wing posters says that the liberals are stupid. Especially since most Left leaning politicians and commentators are dominating the list of Rhode Scholar graduates (not those who pays their tuition fees at oxford).and Harvard alumni. And yet I have to see one in the Rightwing department.
    If Americans are idiots they will vote Republican again. Oh they already did that explain the country going down the drain.But you know if they keep on listening on the gossip and fearmongering by the illeducated right maybe they will finished the job that Bush start in his 8 years run.

    February 12, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  6. Rich

    Herman is an educator and a business man so I get where he is coming from. But I have always thought the problem with our elected officials was not a lack of intelligence a lack of principles and character. The problem isn't as much Liberals and Conservatives as it is Democrats and Republicans. It amazes me how we can continue to elect the same old politicians yet expect better results. I have seen the stupid and they are us.

    February 12, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  7. Oy Vey Az

    Ever since the Republicans took back the house ... Stupid people are ruining America !

    February 12, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  8. D. Bunker

    A look at this guy's list of campaign supporters should provide ample proof of the stupid people he's mentioning.

    February 12, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  9. jc

    Let's see....Joe the Plumber, Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, Linda McMahon....we could go back and talk Dan Quayle....the lists go on and on and on....Republican are anti-intellecual....Who is this guy trying to fundimentally change the GOP.

    February 12, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. KatR

    I am so sick of the empty conservative message. It's full of criticism for current governing policy and empty of ideas for doing it any differently.

    February 12, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Dino

    Nice try Republicans trying to put an ethnic appeal on the 2012 ticket with a new puppet. If the camera man zoomed out a little more you could see the strings attached to his limbs a a big wad of cash hanging out of his sport coat pocket.

    February 12, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    On one hand,when I first heard about a community activist from Chicago turned senator and he had presidential aspirations I thought "oh brother, give me a break. No African American named Barack Obama could be elected president". Then I ended up voting for him and will again.
    On the other hand, "stupid is as stupid does", many Tea Party thugs are being elected and saying some really, really stupid things and now they have control of the pansies of the Republican party. I say pansies because the few rationa Republicans are afraid to stand up them. Just like they are afraid to stand up to the NRA. Basically, Republicans are cowards.

    February 12, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. FM

    This is an empty suit! He thinks if he calls other people stupid, he will emerge as a smart person. Not at all "Sugar-bitter Cain"! You are totally an absurd individual! Go away, your loud voice will not end you anywhere.

    February 12, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. bearced

    The question is can they teach the truth or will they rely on the tired rhetoric that has been used for years.

    February 12, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. bill

    Hey Sgt Schultz most teachers work 9 months a year with a ton of days off 2 weeks Christmas break, spring break, etc. and some of the best benefits and health care around , with no accountability and still can't graduate kids. Figure all that in and most are overpaid. and Margie you are clueless.

    February 12, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. Anyway

    These Republicans always say negative things about healthcare reform but nowhere do you see some solutions being offered. Negativity, negativity, negativity. Constant garbage. The people who support these idiots are too stupid to know they're shooting themselves. Republicans will benefit corporations, greedy special interests, and rich people above all else. If you aren't one of those, you must be stupid if you think you're getting something better by supporting them.

    February 12, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Dave

    Take a look in the mirror, buddy. Most Republicans out there couldn't tie their own shoes without detailed instructions, let alone run the country. Unfortunately, a great deal of the voters have the same problem, so idiots like Cain, Palin, Beohner, Cantor, and McConnell all have a chance...

    February 12, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. bill

    Johhny B have you ever gotten a job from a poor person. Rich people work hard start businesses, and as a byproduct jobs are created, You could give most poor people a million dollars and wihin two years they'd be back to being poor again

    February 12, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. Yinka

    Yes, stupid people like tea party and republican. Sad parties in the United State of America.

    February 12, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Matt

    I agree with Sgt Schultz - during the election all I heard was the Right demonizing "intelligent and elitist" people, and now they are calling those people stupid and are acting like they are the intelligent ones. You can look at many of the things the republicans want to cut on the national and state level. In Florida, Gov. Scott is slashing away at education down here. I guess thats the best way to ensure that the "stupid people" get educated.

    February 12, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. peter

    This clown himself is a biggest 'stupid' himself. How much of their programs and benefits they try to cut before cutting programs for poor, children and education.

    February 12, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Sorensen

    And Mr. Cain himself seems to be clearly on top of the stupid list!!!

    February 12, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. Robrepp

    The stupid people are the voters. I came to that realization when in 2004 the same people who stole the 2000 election were rewarded with re election.

    February 12, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Mark in Omaha

    Thank God there's a smart one in the Oval Office now trying to undo 8 years of stupid!

    February 12, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. Alaskan Sourdough

    It's obvious what he's referring to... the stupid voters who listen to Beck, Limbaugh, Oreilly, Coulter and follow hook line and sinker every word uttered with blind obedience and follow people like Palin, Odonnel, Angle, Paul.... This country does seem to have more than it's share of stupid voters.

    February 12, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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