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
soundoff (1,100 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    If you didnt say a word when Bush launched TWO illegal wars, signed the Patriot Act, and stole an election then please dont open your trap to say squat about Obama.. it only proves how one sided (and cowardly) you are.

    August 17, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Debbie

    I totally agree with Cain. Obama appears to be sitting on the sidelies and not acting as a President shouls. Obama seems so far out of touch with everything. He's made a mess. I hope Cain succeeds in his bid for the White House. I think he is very intelligent, not a politician but he is a man with common sense and that is what we need. All I can say for anyone in Washington right now is they are all crooks. They've been around and only look out for themselves. We need CHANGE Obama. We need all of you out of the White House.

    August 17, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. David

    Attacking Libya without consulting congress is only one on the list of impeachable liolations. It has to be done. The damage that Obama has done against the will of the people is unreal and unfortunate. Face it, the majorty were fooled.

    August 17, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Peter

    Impeach him? On what grounds? If Cain is serious about being President he better lay off nonsensical remarks like this.

    August 17, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    He's the intellectual equivilent of a case of gas: loud, offensive, easily dissipated, and ultimately of little substance and no value.

    August 17, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Michael

    Antoher wanna be making "headlines" with erractic remarks to get his name in the mainstream. Just proves the fruitcakes and idiots are all that is running for the GOP except Huntsman and Paul.

    August 17, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. New Age Independent

    Cain is reaching on the heath care part, that's a certainty. However regarding DOMA, Obama is not upholding federal law. Obama, even as President cannot choose which laws to uphold and which he cannot. It matters not what his opinion is of the law, nor his belief that it may not be constitutional. By doing so he is acting as the judiciary, which he has no authority.

    August 17, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Liberalator

    Cain is a moron. If he wanted someone impeached he should have called for george Bush's impeachment for lying to the American public about weaopons in Iraq. At least he would have been saying something of substance.

    The Republican Party is so out of control with half-truths, lies, denial, and guilt by association they have no credibilty left.

    Maybe Cain and Perry can start praying for Obama's impeachment.

    Stupid Americans.


    August 17, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. alan

    What a buffoon!

    August 17, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Ollie In Augusta

    Just two words N P!!!

    August 17, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Squealy

    Gee, Cain, having a dem controlled senate hasn't stopped anything else the repubs want to do. Perhps it is just that "I don't like your policies" is not an impeachable offense? If that is all it takes, Bush wouldn't have made it past day 2.

    August 17, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. PulTab

    How do you like that. A black male version of sarah palin / michelle bachman. Who would have thought it possible?

    August 17, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Stan

    Geeze...another example of a GOP politician that's out of touch.

    August 17, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. cathstar

    Did Cain want George W. Bush impeached for war crimes? I doubt it. Bush should have served time in Leavenworth.

    August 17, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Chumlee

    The GOP found a uncle tom. What a ugly man.

    August 17, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Richard

    I would hope all Democrats never buy another God Father pizza. I never have and now never will. Pretty soon he will not even be a footnote in history.

    August 17, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Concerned Citizen

    OMG!!! This Cain guy is an IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't believe idiots like this are even allowed to run for President.

    August 17, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. jane

    God Please bring civility to our politicians

    August 17, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Gunny

    Keep saying what you think they want to hear. They still aint gonna love you buddy.

    August 17, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Michael in Houston republicans love to try and overturn general election results by impeachment. Its what you do. Sooner or later you will try it with this President. We are bored with your tactics and toxic droning rhetoric. Do you have ANY new material or is this really all you got?

    August 17, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Lando

    The pizza guy thinks he is smarther than a 5th grader. You are just a DUMMY of the Republibans who wants us to believe
    that there are blacks that supports their detroy the middle class policies.....

    August 17, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. MP

    Someone tell Herman that his village called. They'd like him to come back now. Is it me, or do his comments make Michelle Bachmann's Elvis/Birthday/Death Date flub seem like it came from a rocket scientist? Don't they realize that people would stop hating on the Right and the GOP in general if they would actually bring forth members with any shred of intelligence? The Right hates the Left because they think they're a group of tree huggers...which may be, but we're tree huggers with intelligence. The Right is just a looney bin patient with a day pass.

    August 17, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. vivian m.

    Who cares what that idiot, or THOSE idiots want? They also want to gut our federal government and allow every POOR AMERICAN TO DIE and wither away. Screw them all! Cain is the traitor, not Barry O. JEESH!!!!!!

    August 17, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Mattski

    This is the same guy who said he wouldn't have any Muslims or Catholics in his cabinet. Only protestants, I guess, because apparently they're the only ones who don't answer to a higher authority - or some such nonsense. What a fruitcake.

    August 17, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Ex-GOP Con

    I think the Justice Department has more important issues to defend than the definition of marriage. Cain – sit your ____ down!

    August 17, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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