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. Dave

    God loves fools and idiots. Cain is safe.

    August 17, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Kay

    Unbelievable! A man who is a beneficiary of a president (Kennedy) bucking against the injustice of discriminatory laws has the audacity to call for the impeachment of another president for doing the same thing? It's amazing how Republicans will not only vote against their own interests...but actively campaign against them. Idiots.

    August 17, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Matt

    Herman Cain – IS AN IDIOT
    Go away Herman – nobody takes you seriously as a canidate

    August 17, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. audball

    Wrong, Cain, it's UPHOLDING his oath to refuse to enforce a law he believes in unconstitutional. Much like if he took office after Congress passed a law that, say, reinstated slavery or required prison time for criticizing the government. The president swears to uphold the Constitution, and part of that oath involves interpreting it and refusing to follow laws that he thinks violate it.

    August 17, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Johnson

    Cain reminds me of Reverend Wright! He is having his 15 minutes, though very few know him or even care to.

    August 17, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Super Gus

    I can't believe all the hateful, RACIST comments comming from the left.

    August 17, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    If you didnt say a word when Bush launched TWO illegal wars, signed the Patriot Act, and stole an election
    Hmmm... Bush got Congressional approval and Un approval. Bush signed what Congressed PASSED (and Obama and the Democrats have continued!!!). Recounts show Bush won the election.

    It must really stink to live in the delusional world you inhabit!!!

    August 17, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. GOP hates Middle Class


    Welcome to the 21st century Steppin' Fetchin'.

    August 17, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
    LOL!! Luv it. Herman is a useful idiot, maybe he'll wake up and realize what he's being used for.

    August 17, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Roger

    Where do the Republicans find these loons? What a choice – Romney, Perry, Bachmann, Sanitarium, Cain! If it wasn't so pathetic, it would be funny. Obama/Biden 2012.

    August 17, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Publius Novus

    I believe they call this "jumping the shark." See ya, Mr. Cain.

    August 17, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. teepee

    give Cain a cadillac and send him home...that will make him happier than getting the presidency.

    August 17, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. K Parks of Denver, CO

    Mr. Cain would have Congress waste time, energy and money trying to impeach Obama instead of having Congress do their job passing bills that help this country. Mr. Cain's comment that Obama should be impeached because of the health care reform law or DOMA is a little like putting the cart before the horse. Until the Supreme Court rules the healthcare reform act unconstitutional Obama couldn't be impeached. Secondly it was Congress that passed the healthcare reform law so maybe Mr. Cain thinks Congress should be recalled.

    The DOMA is unconstitutional so Obama has the duty not to uphold an unconstitutional act. If Mr. Cain was President and decided to defend an unconstitutional law he should be impeached. The federal government under the 10th amendment does not have the authority to step on the rights of the state to decide what constitutes marriage. Mr. Cain will look like a fool once enough states pass same-sex marriage.

    August 17, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Chumlee

    Humans evolved from apes, Cain is evolving into an ape from human !

    August 17, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Nick Janiczek

    If those are grounds for impeachment, why wasnt Bush impeached for lying to EVERYONE about there being WMD's in Iraq and giving tax breaks to the wealthy? Hermain Cain is a blithering idiot! He's just upset because his campaign is going nowhere and FAST!

    August 17, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Len Arenas

    Goodness, it is so obvious Mr. Cain is trying so hard to compensate for a self-perceived inadequacy, but what could it be? Mr. Cain's thinly veiled appeal is nothing more than saying, I am not him. But we already know that! Impeach the President? What for? Where did I read that hate is a type of murder. Did Mr. Cain miss the morality lesson of the Cain and Abel story of the bible? Good grief!

    August 17, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. cyberCMDR

    This is the way it's done in the primaries. You talk to your base, and say what they want to hear to become your party's candidate. Once it is down to a two horse race, you go more mainstream to convince the independents that you can be trusted. Unfortunately, the Republikkkan party has moved so far to the right that appealing to your base requires all candidates to put on their Looney Tunes hat and perform.

    August 17, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Alas

    Impeachment? Pizza man Cain is merely a posturing buffoon... we need some laughs every season..he 'll soon run out of gas?

    August 17, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Can you believe this?

    August 17, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. ja

    cain need to sick his head back in the sand, where was he during the W Bush era, in coma

    August 17, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. GeorgeBos95

    Outrageous rhetoric, designed simply to attract attention.

    Ok, Cain, you have my attention. I'll stop and watch a fool just for the amusement.

    August 17, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. LC

    This guy is an idiot! Sounds like he will do anything to get elected. He can forget it

    August 17, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Dazed

    As a republican, Im shocked at this guy coming out acting like this...........I agree with some of the previous post, what president hasnt kept a promise or done something that someone didnt like ...sheesh!!! Just sit down Mr pizza man and let the American people decide next election...I may not like the president or agree with his polices, but im sure not going to stand up and demand impeachment!! what a goober!

    August 17, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Another blathering by a demented moron. The Repugnican'ts have no clue, no plan, no candidate worthy of the office and no chance to retake the White House. Perry is an uneducated clone of Bush2, Romney is a Mormon (sorry, but reality says a Mormon is not electable), Bachmann is doubly deranged and Ron Paul, although capable of some interesting concepts, is too flaky. Did I say that Backmann was mentally defective?

    August 17, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. roscoe

    Start caring more about the country than your own political future. Herman, you're toast. You can continue trying the Donald Trump thing of staying the more outrageous things possible to try and keep your name in the headlines.....or, you can hang your head in shame and admit you lost ot MICHELE BACHMANN. I don't know how you can live with that,.

    August 17, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Lando


    Kudos to you....all the truth and nothing but the truth....
    God Save Us from the Republibans....

    August 17, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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