Cain: I'm more qualified than Bachmann
July 17th, 2011
12:34 PM ET
9 years ago

Cain: I'm more qualified than Bachmann

(CNN) - Herman Cain said Sunday he is a more experienced candidate for president than Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota in the battle for the 2012 GOP nomination.

"The choice is real simple," Cain said on "Fox News Sunday," when asked why voters should choose him over Bachmann. "My entire career has been problem-solving, not politics."

Cain and Bachmann have a history with the tea party movement that has helped propel them to national prominence.

The former Godfather's Pizza CEO said they hold similar policy positions, but that as a businessman he has more "direct hands-on" experience and "stronger credentials than literally many of the other candidates."

Although the presidential hopeful said he expects to finish in the top three at the high-stakes Ames straw poll in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa in August, if he falls short he will not drop out of the race.

"The nomination process doesn't stop with the early caucuses only," Cain said. "The biggest determining factor as to whether I stay in or drop out won't be whether I finish first, second, or third, or fourth. It's going to be the number of supporters that we're getting, and what we are hearing from the people actually out there in the states."

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Sgt Schultz

    Pizza Man is doing a great job out of the criminal DeLay's playbook. Just bait and switch by using fear-mongering tactics to distract people from any type of serious issue. Just blame those Muslims again for everything. It is cloudy today, must be the Muslims fault again.

    July 17, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    and he probably is. But he won't get the nomination from the GOP because he's.............well you know. And the GOP will not run him against Obama mainly for THAT reason.

    July 17, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Qualifications are far less important than charisma, when it comes to elected office. The better looking you are, the taller you are, the more people relate to you, and like you, the more likely you will succeed, even if you are a fraud or a crook.

    July 17, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Steven Colo

    In a related story, Cain also said that he is shorter than Yao Ming.

    July 17, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. logic in LA

    I'm glad he thinks he is better than the least qualified person in the race! And I play baseball better than 100 year old, but I'm no baseball player!

    July 17, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Cain, you will have to raise the bar a bit higher than Botox Bachmann if you expect to be taken seriously.

    July 17, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Howard

    I am always very leery of anyone who has simplistic approaches to very complicated issues! Impulsiveness and impatience are just not the qualities that I want in someone running the country!

    July 17, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Jack in Florida

    One nut calling out the other nut's weaknesses......go figure.

    July 17, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. thomas

    He makes a better pizza and she makes a better fruitcake !

    Cain/Bachmann 2012
    The New Barbarians

    July 17, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |

    Saying your better qualified to be POTUS than bachmann is not saying much, to say one of the least qualified is better than the other least qualified is sad....can someone tell me where a Godfathers Pizza is located in GA. ?

    July 17, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Rev Mkell,

    Pretty pictures on TV and snappy sound bites elect a President not issues! If one tries to run a campaign on issues the voter's eyes glaze over! They've been trained to look at the pretty pictures and listen to the talking heads who tell them what to do!

    July 17, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    "My entire career has been problem-solving, not politics."

    Problem solver were this week in town what he did he add more fuel exciting fire (mosque in Murfreesboro)

    July 17, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Robrob

    In other news: Cain announced he had a greater chance of being elected than Donald Trump.

    July 17, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Donkey Party

    This from the man who claims he'll "surround himself with good advisors" to make his decisions for him if he were President. What a laugh! Why not just vote for the advisors then, Mr. Decision Maker?

    July 17, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. time to end GOPorate greed.

    The sad thing is that neither Bawkman or insCain are qualified to be any more than they are. In fact after having hear both of them speak on many different occasions it's a wonder they weren't locked up and institutionalized in a mental hospital many years ago. They are complete freaks and fit in very well with the rest of the GOP "Circus for President".

    July 17, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Tom

    If I said it once I've said it a million times that anyone who votes for a republican is a fool! They are voting against themselves and their own well being.

    July 17, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. EddyL

    Oh? My DOG is more qualified than Bachmann.....

    July 17, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. todd

    I'm no fan of Cain, but I'd vote for the pizza guy over the witch. Of course, I'd vote for a tree stump over Cain, but why quibble?

    July 17, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Ron

    Dude, stop wasting your time and money. Palin has already used the "I'll run for president" trick to get people to pay her money. She's a flop. Try something new.

    July 17, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. C. Howe Yulikit

    That's not sayin' much, Herm. Thank God neither of you will ever become President.

    July 17, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. No Easy Answers

    In order to bring Godfather's back to profitability, his main contribution was to eliminate 1/4 of the workforce and shops.

    What you have to remember is that after that, the employees and empty stores where not his problem. He didn't have to worry about the unemployed or how people where going to get pizza

    However if he becomes President, everyone laid off is now on unemployment. Every service he shuts down will have to either have the slack picked up elsewhere or people will suffer. Communities will suffer from the layoffs and shutdowns that as President he would have to address.

    July 17, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bachmann and none of the GOP have met their so-called enemy yet, that being President Obama, but when they do that will be the time Americans will determine whose more qualified.

    July 17, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. David

    The guy living in a cardboard box on the side of a city street is too. What's you point Cain?

    July 17, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Wise1Speak


    As CEO of a corporation, Cain would have "dictatorial powers" that a President or Governor will never have in a Democracy. The U.S. President's and Governors are NOT dictators. They are "Public Servants of the Highest Accountability" within a democratic state.

    Therefore the experience and "unchecked power" wielded by a corporate CEO do not translate as easily or cleanly to a "head-of-state-public-servant" as Cain so falsely and hypocritically oversimplified.

    July 17, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    Doesn't say much for both of them. Perry and Palin may as well join an uninsipiring field of candidates.

    July 17, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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