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. klangster

    Cain is an idiot his flimsy understanding of the laws of this country should be more than enough to disqualify him for the job. Perry too for that matter.................... and Bachman now that mention it.

    August 17, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Kirk Jonas


    The House impeaches. The Senate tries the case and then votes to convict or not. The Senate cannot stop an impeachment.

    Go back to the civics class you slept through, Herman.

    August 17, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. boyamidumb

    Impeachment????? My god the theater never stops with these people. Now they have this guy in black face, posing as a black man, calling for the impreachment of a President who, though he's not done what he could, likely saved the country from a total economic collapse.

    Next this guy will sing Swanneee and tell you that Thomas Jefferson was his great, great, great grandfather.

    How do you get funnier than this????

    Wait, wait, I know. Re-elect George Bush and let him start a couple more wars that we can win and totally bankrupt us.

    Now that would be funny .

    August 17, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. mario

    mr Cain should stick to running small bussniness the man needs lots of schooling this is not a on the training job his remarks are empty and shallow

    August 17, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. keeth in cali

    Just. making. stuff. up.

    August 17, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Pat in IL

    This man is a fool. Why waste our time with ridiculous speeches about his personal views about his personal religious or social views, and his ridiculous spin about the president being impeachment and unlawfulness. Cain is full of too much hate and venom to be a true Christian anyway, so he needs to just shut up and quit making a fool of himself.

    August 17, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Vern

    This guy will say and do anything to be nominated. Oh shameful he is...a typical repug!!!

    August 17, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Me

    Cain clearly has no idea how government works.

    August 17, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Michael MN

    Yea thats real bright , sadly the GOP are showing us what loony tunes they all are – maybe with the exception of Huntsman
    who as of now apears relitivly sane

    August 17, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Grace

    If George Bush wasn't impeached for his invasion of Iraq and all the excuses he used for it, his destruction of the environment by relaxing federal clean air and water standards, allowing Enron to design our national energy policy and his deregulation of the banking industry which was a major part of the GREAT RECESSION, No one should ever be impeached for doing what is right for the health and welfare of American citizens.

    August 17, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Al Monavie

    While he will never be President, it is an embarassment to this country to have an idiot like Cain running as a presidential candidate and, worst of all, being taken somewhat seriously by the media. The media rightfully keeps ridiculing Palin and Bachman for the nutty things they say but fails to to do the same with Cain-I wonder why!

    August 17, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. CHUCK

    Oh brother, here we go again. Mr Cain, there is no way you are going to get the GOP nod for President. So do yourself a favor and try to add something positive and productive to our economic problems. Our issues are hugh and they require for both houses of Congress to work together, but since both democrats and the GOP always seem to act like children, there will be no forseeable compromise in the near future. If the two bodies refuse to work together right, how in the world are you to get them to work together at any point in the distant future. Please stop grandstanding, it is a waste of our time. Remember, job creation is a little different then making pizzas. Hold the anchovies on my next order. Thank you for time.

    August 17, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. hecep

    Consider me one of those strange ducks who believes that it would be better than nice if people with political aspirations had to undergoe and "pass" intensive psychological testing before being allowed into politics. Sociopaths, megalomanics, and kooks.... beware. Hear that, Cain?

    August 17, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. pfff

    Ya, impeach Obama for health care and gay marriage, but DON'T impeach Bush and his cronies for torture and quagmire wars. Bush is a hero killing people...Obama is the goat for helping people...what a twisted man this Cain is...Didn't the biblical Cain kill his brother? Is Cain his brother's keeper? apparently not...

    August 17, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. RyanG

    Personally I think Herman Cain is offensive, as is his cr@ppy pizza

    August 17, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |

    BHO was a constitutional law professor, dude. Get a grip. I think he knows the law better than you, pizza breath.

    August 17, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    A great thing for our country would be all you selfish GOP punks move to a country without a government – like Somolia – so you would get what you deserve.

    August 17, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. PaulBel

    I'm not sure if this is even worthy of commenting, but Mr. Cain's call for impeachment of Pres. Obama is, at best, a publicity stunt, and at worst a sign of the systemic intolerance and spitefulness of the Republican party. The "Defense of Marriage Act" is a thin disguise for the rampant homophobia that courses through the ultraconservatives. I see no legal reason why two consenting adults should not share all the benefits allowe by law just because of their sex. Discrimination of any sort should be abhored by all; I wonder how Mr. Cain would feel if the wording of the "act" was biased against, say, interracial marriage, or if there were one standard for white marriages and another for non-whites? Unless and until we all can get over our personal prejudices, this country, and the world in general, will not progress much past the periphery of the stone age. Technology may advance, but the real advances are in the human spirit and the knowlege that we are all in this together.

    Regarding "Obama-care", I have not seen any other valid, workable proposals placed on the table. As a self-employed individual, responsible for my own health care insurance for my small family, I have only seen premiums, prescriptions and co-payments and deductables skyrocket over the past two decades. If someone has a better plan, put it forth for everyone to see. Impeachment is not the answer. Rhetoric is not the answer. Compassion, cooperation, comprimise and a sincere desire to do good for the people and the country ARE the answer.

    August 17, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. wishing

    Like most light-weight materials filled with hot air. It is very unstable. If Mr. Cain has lost contact with the ground, one of his handlers should grap his anchor rope and pull him back to Earth.
    On the other hand, mayber this is how you increase your Fox News contact negociating position.

    August 17, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Emerald Laughter

    What a blow-hard. Impeach this.

    August 17, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Tymewayster

    All this talk of impeachment – if THIS is all we need to impeach a president, what would we do if the president truly did something treasonous – stone him?

    August 17, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. windjammr

    We seem to be witnessing the destruction of the GOP and in its current form i say good riddance.About ten years ago there seemed to be a few statesmen that looked out for the country in that party but now its let a pledge to a money source (norquist) for reelection that takes precedent over their vow to uphold the constitution.The stance they take toward religion(cant be a democrat and a christian) is so unchristian its laughable,I'm encouraged to see the public is finally seeing thru this hypocrisy.

    August 17, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. JWR

    More senseless statements. Enough already. Hope Cain has put more meat on his pizzas than he does on his political rhetoric.

    August 17, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Harry Baxter

    I am totally stunned by the ignorance of most of the Presidential candidates for the GOP. Cain thinks that you can impeach Obama because he doesn't agree with Obama's policies. Perry thinks that Texas can cecede (even though I wish that they could). Bachmann thinks that she can eliminate laws like Obama's healthcare plan, ignoring the fact that Congress has a big say in doing it. The whole party thinks that they can propose, pass and enact a Balanced Budget Amendment in a matter of day. Is there a dumb collage that they all attend to learn this, or to unlearn what most people who took a single Civics course in grammar school already now? Living under the governance of the GOP would be like living in Cuba, North Korea, Libya, or Syria.

    August 17, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    "The president is supposed to uphold the laws of this nation."
    Too bad that every Republican President for the past 50 years not only failed to uphold some laws, but actually BROKE laws during their terms. Every Republican president for the last 50 years has seen Congressional hearings into serious breaches of the law.

    August 17, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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