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. Johnnie Red

    Man, Cain is one angry brother, what else is new. Oh wait, he's Republican, he's a rich black man, that automatic makes him white. Palin, Bachman & Perry could have company in the dumbass department.

    August 17, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Zach

    Wow. And I thought Rick Perry had said the stupidest comment of this race. I guess I should have known better – when you have a candidate with no legitimate shot, that candidate is probably going to top it.

    August 17, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. JB21

    Wow, is this guy for real? Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, and this guy, no wonder the world is laughing at us, but to us, the joke has worn off long time ago.

    August 17, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Dani

    "Of course, the Liberal comments will pour in about hypocrisy and the wealthy and the racists and so forth. Never mind that not a single scathing post will contain any legal or factual basis in support of the President of the United States willfully neglecting the law of the land and turning the Constitution on its head."

    LOL! And of course some ignorant tea bagger will respond. This statement is about as idumb as Cain's stupid impeachment garbage. Pathetic yet entertaining.

    August 17, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    They really do spout-off in any way they can to get attention. All the Republicans / Tea Party do is talk; constantly yapping while blocking and faulting all efforts and while catering to the few, their strong supporters, and providing nothing but rhetoric to con the majority and manipulate public opinion. In football they call it “trash mouth”, and that is what it is here ... “trash mouth” talking to disguise their neglect and their total focus on their political agenda aimed to benefit only the few, Bush-Cheney style; literally being “puppets” for Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few, who “pull their strings”. If you think differently, then you have just been intimidated by “trash mouth” talking.

    August 17, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. chris

    can we get some mississippi teens to visit this guy after a party...?

    August 17, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Tea Party Mike

    Cain is one of the Tea Party favorites. Yet, the looney left claim the Tea Party is racist.
    Is Cain a racist for being critical of Obama? Yesterday the Congressional Black Caucus held a jobs town hall in Detroit and were very critical of Obama's performance on jobs for blacks. They are upset that Obama is not in any black communities on his bus tour. Is the Congressional Black Caucus racist for being critical of Obama.
    There is nothing racist about the Tea Party. There is nothing racist involved when somone, white or black or hispanic or any other is critical of Obama.
    What is evil is the lefts attempt to divide this nation by playing the race card every chance they get and by trying to create class warfare.
    Yesterday Ed Shultz on MSNBC edited a speech by Perry to make it sound like he was a racist. Perry was talking about the nations debt and said there is a black cloud hanging over America, that the black cloud was the nations debt. Shultz edited out some of what Perry said that made it clear that the black cloud Perry was talking about was the debt and then claimed that Perry was saying Obama was the black cloud and that Perry was being racist.
    To try and manufacture racism where none exists is as evil as it gets. Too many on the left are evil people trying to divide this nation in a very dangerous way.

    August 17, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    @Dominican mama:
    Please do not forget Watergate and The Pentagon Papers. VP Agnew resigning over bribery, tax fraud and EXTORTION charges.

    August 17, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. cecilia

    will there ever be a time again when we are not subjected to the rant, raves and stupidity not to mention the hatefulness of the tea party fools – Bush paved the way but palin was ground zero for blatant stupidity – just all of you go away and take cane with you please

    August 17, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Beadles

    When are the normal, rational, intelligent members of the GOP going to do something about the whack jobs that are taking over their party. And, please, no troll comments about the GOP. There have been times the Democrats have shone too brightly. I'm serious – can the Republicans not field a viable candidate?

    August 17, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Frank

    Poor Herman Cain can't get any traction so he throws out the impeachment card. At first I wondered when this fool would realize he has ZERO chance of being elected and just go away. But, like Al Sharpton he probably found out that running for president can be fun. Sharpton stayed in luxury hotels and lived high on the hog while he was "campaigning." My guess is that Herman Cain is enjoying having his expenses paid by campaign donors too.

    And, where was the outrage when Bush & Co was urinating on the Constitution? Yeah, devotion to country and ideals all depends on which side of the door you're on.

    August 17, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Boytjie

    Bla bla bla treason...
    Bla bla bla terrorist...
    Bla bla bla un-american...
    Bla bla bla socialist...
    Bla bla bla impeach...
    Blabbering idiots

    August 17, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. LiLa

    This joker wants to be President? Puleeze!

    August 17, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Nate

    I am a republican, and any argument to impeach president obama is STUPID. Obama is a fine president. He has not done anything REMOTELY impeachable. These idiots are simply making a ruckus for no reason but political points with the arguably mentally handicapped wing of the party.

    August 17, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Toni

    CNN is sad for even running this story. This is not news – it's rubbish!!!

    August 17, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Eric Jensen

    GOP just keep going to the partisan politics barrel and see what is down there. This guy is a first class moron.

    August 17, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. I was dumb enough to vote for Ronnie Raygun

    Snivelling right wing psychos spouting Faux Spews nonsense.
    Remember when it was "marriage was between a white man and a white woman" Mr. Cain? None of that mingling of one (superior) race with another (inferior) race? Cain you are saying the same thing using different words. You are a disgrace to every American on so many levels.

    August 17, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Geoz

    I'm hungry Herman. Go fetch me a better pizza and do your own job. We'll see about anything else after that.

    August 17, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. charles

    Hey Cain Do you have a brain!!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. G D

    Cain's ignorance of the constitution & of the basis for this country is staggering. Where do we dredge up these people? Herman, go grab a pizza & get out of spot light, it seems to have blinded you...

    August 17, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Laurie

    Gee, I wonder why Americans think the Republicans are so polarizing?

    August 17, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Why is anyone surprised when he says something crazy? He's a black man running for the GOP nomination. That's one definition of insanity.
    Sad but TRUE.

    August 17, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Stacey

    Got his name in print and got you all to read about it. That's all that matters.

    You forgot to mention that his idiotic statement got in print as well; that's all that matters as it shows us just how looney he and the rest of the GOP "candidates" are. The GOP field of presidential "candidates" is so pathetic we can't even make this stuff up. So keep printing them CNN and thank you.

    August 17, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Ritti

    One more stupid sound bite from the penut gallery on the right..... stick to the meat and cheese issues man, we dont pepperoni the conversation with tomatos and olives. Keep your eye on the pie and in the end you will bake it!

    August 17, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. petrruchio

    What precisely has Obama done that is impeachable? Has he committed a crime? Cain is as much a moron as the rest of the GOP hopefuls, except maybe Ron Paul, and Paul can't get a ticket to the dance with a handful of hundreds, because he refuses to toe the party line.

    August 17, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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