Cain says Obama impeachment would be 'a great thing'
August 17th, 2011
12:56 PM ET
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Cain says Obama impeachment would be 'a great thing'

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said it would be "great" to impeach the president, but that the Democratic controlled Senate would prevent such action.

On a conference call with bloggers Tuesday night, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO called the health care law and the Obama administration's stance over the Defense of Marriage Act impeachable offenses.

The news was first reported by POLITICO and later confirmed to CNN by the Cain campaign.

"There are a number of things where a case could be made in order to impeach him, but because Republicans do not control the United States Senate, they would never allow it to get off the ground," Cain said on the call. "The president is supposed to uphold the laws of this nation … and to tell the Department of Justice not to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act is a breach of his oath."

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • President Obama
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  1. Kent

    Wow, if that's not a stretch I don't know what is.

    August 17, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. rukdn

    Some people will say or do anything to get attention.

    August 17, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. calvin

    Herman Cain of all People should not even say such Horrible Things. It is the Republicans whom has caused such a Terrible economy. This is all about the Power struggle! Not about the People Struggle. This President unfortunately is Blocked in many capacities. Granted some of Hi sdecisions has caused failure, Yet He is Not to Blame entirely in this Struggle of the Republicans for themselves and the Democrats for the People!!!

    August 17, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Kirk Jonas

    Do any of these GOTPers have a brain? You cannot impeach a President for a bill that the Congress passed and he signed. The Obama administration is not defending DOMA against court challenges, but it is enforcing the law, as evidenced by the gay couple that was recently denied a green card based on DOMA.

    There really should be an IQ test for presidential candidates!

    August 17, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Jim

    If he has to be impeacned at all I would rather congress did it over violations of the War Powers Act, such as the misguided intervention in Libya's civil war.

    August 17, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Julie

    The pizza tycoon wants Obama imprached.
    We'll just get right on that Herm.

    August 17, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Sgt. Joe

    The blame game on both sides is getting old, especially the GOP's since it's hardly credible. What is this clown's answer to the healthcare issue? Are we suppose to continue to pay the expenses of the uinsured who use our emergency rooms because they can't afford their own coverage for whatever reason? If someone has a medical emergency and land themselves in the hospital for even a day, who pays the upwards of $30,000 to cover them? What's the answer? Sick of these morons calling out the President every step of the way. Why didn't they impeach Bush for lying about WMD's? That little blunder has cost us in not only dollars but U.S. lives. Where's the anger?

    August 17, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. fred

    Herman Cain! another moron! What an idiot!

    August 17, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Really?

    Why don't you just shut your mouth Herman Cain, you flaming moron! Go back to making mediocre pizza. We all know this comment was made with the hopes of trying to capture just one second of the headline spastic news cycle that your better qualified (well, some of them anyway) co-horts in the GOP candidate lineup seem to polarize every single day. You have neither the qualifications or the communication skills to be taken seriously as a candidate. I'd like to impeach you from this news site!

    August 17, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. John in Brooklyn

    Civics lesson to Mr. Cain. It is the House of Representatives who actually impeach a president. The Senate serves as the deliberation body to determine whether the charges warrent removing the president from office.

    August 17, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. demetri

    Cain is a clueless, shameful man, who would say and do anything to get share of the pie.

    August 17, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Kwesoe

    Cain is running out of steam. He doesn't know the issues and will grab at any straw. I see his campaign folding soon. Then, he'll say: "Obama made him do it."

    August 17, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Rsprings

    It's comments like this that make Cain out not to be a serious candidate. He should know that Impeachmen can be brought only for "high Crimes and Misdemeanors" I don't think this fits the definition. Besides we can vote him out in a short while and have less drama

    August 17, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Spudlabs

    For Christ's sake, every time someone disagrees with someone else all these morons can say is "IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IMPEACH, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!!!!!". This is NOT how to get things done in Washington and jackasses like this idiot are the reason why! The tea party is the 21st century Bull Moose party and it will have the same effect. Don't any of these people ever listen to anyone outside of their small circles? The age of racicalism is dead(or needs to be).

    August 17, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Greg

    Ridiculous...Bush should have been impeached as well for wiretapping americans and lying about WMD to get us into two wars for no apparent reason.

    At least Obama did what Bush couldn't, which was to get Bin Laden. So Obama should be impeached for getting Bin Laden? No he deserves a medal!!

    August 17, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Jake

    Except the reason that he's not enforcing DOMA is because it is against something a bit larger than that... the CONSTITUTION.

    August 17, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Bryan

    Really? A black man saying that because Obama didn't hold up a homophobic law he should be impeached. How soon we forget. Fine, then lets put the racist laws back on the books that made a black man a white man's property.

    August 17, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Darlene

    This man is a nut! He has eaten too many pizzas with wild mushrooms.

    August 17, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. BENJI

    and this is why this moron will never be president. Saying stupid things just to satisfy a bunch of nutcases is not going to play well with Americans who actually have a brain.

    August 17, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. MrManhattan

    This is exactly the sort of sideshow that distracted the US government while Bush & Cheney's friends, the Saud family used while their operatives planned and prepared for 9/11. I'd be looking for right wing loonies like McVie and 'Behring Breivik to use this as cover to advance a future terrorist attack.

    August 17, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Mike

    Wingnuts everywhere! This election is going to be so much fun . . .

    August 17, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. linda mash

    Mc Cain has the cujones to question O'Bamas credibility ???? Did he forget the village idiot from Alaska he chose as his running mate??? I question not only his credibility but his sanity.

    August 17, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Joe in Colorado

    Is this really what it comes down to? Seems like the Republican party isn't just the party of NO, but also the party to impeach any Democratic President. The GOP needs to grow up and start acting like a civilized party instead of a group of brats that are pouting since they haven't gotten their way.

    August 17, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Jam11

    “YOU KNOW YOU'RE A TeaPottyRe­­publican'­t WHEN...

    You didn't get mad when:

    * SCOTUS stopped a legal recount and appointed a President
    * Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy
    * A covert CIA operative got outed
    * The Patriot Act got passed
    * We illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us
    * We spent over 1 trillion(a­­­­­­­nd counting) on on illegal war
    * 10 billion dollars just disappeare­­­­­­­d in Iraq.
    * You saw the Abu Grahib photos.
    * You found out we were t.orturing people.
    * The national debt doubled under the previous President from $5.674
    Trillion to $10.024 Trillion.
    * You saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
    * We let a major US city drown!
    * The deficit hit the Trillion dollar mark.

    You finally got mad when :

    * The government decided that people in America deserved the right to
    see a doctor if they are sick
    * The government tried to create jobs ( and did! )
    * The government tried to save the economy ( and especially when they did)
    * The government tried to protect the consumer from banks and CC companies
    * The government tried to give basic equality to ALL of it's citizens
    * The governemen­­­­­­­t tried to function for the people and not just
    rich white guys
    * The government was being run by an intelligen­­­­­­­t and brillant
    BLACK leader (.) period

    TeaPottyRe­­publican'­t­s ...Hypocri­­­­­­­sy art thou”

    August 17, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Arun

    I guess the idiot doesn't think lying to the american people about weapons that didn't exist in Iraq isn't impeachable, or helping wallstreet screw up the economy due to deregulation aren't impeachable. The republican party is such a joke that I have no idea why people still vote for them!! Lets see, if democrat has an affair, IMPEACH!! If a republican has an affair, GOD FORGAVE ME THEREFORE I CAN STILL CONTINUE AS A SENATOR, CONGRESSMAN, OR WHATEVER THEY ARE. THIS party needs to go away and hide and never come back!!!

    August 17, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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