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. I was dumb enough to vote for Ronnie Raygun

    "Bush as one of the best"? Yea maybe as far as the Taliban is concerned. Rodney you are an idiot fool. Odd that someone could be both, but with tea-baggers around the bar keeps getting set lower and lower – until you're drowning in your own very shallow gene pool.

    August 17, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Tim

    If we can't impeach him, can I at least slap him?

    August 17, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. C. Howe Yulikit

    What I love most about the Teabaggers is their screaming about strict interpretations of the Constitution and then bending and twisting the Constitution (or just plain making it up) to fit their radical viewpoint. Obama has done nothing worthy of talk of impeachment but the right wing has no ideas to offer, so they need to scream something.

    August 17, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Merrill

    Uh, Herman. President Obama did NOT tell the Jusice Dept. not to uphold DOMA. What he said was that he backed efforts to repeal a law that he believes to be Unconstitutional and has said that the Justice Dept. will not aggrresively defend it in court. There is a world of difference between the two. BTW it's been more than 30 minutes and my pizza ain't here yet! Get your a** to work!

    August 17, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. joel

    Looks like the guy who doesn't like to read is also stupid. Regardless of the senate like he says, It's the house that actually impeaches not the senate.

    August 17, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. jkINC

    What a surprise, a Republican that doesn't like the President. Actually I bet neither of the issues he cited would be impeachable acts regardless of the who controls the houses of congress. But I bet his audience clapped, and hooted and said yeah, yeah, yeah. Intolerant people are surprisingly easy get all excited and shut down their braincells.

    August 17, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Matt

    Actually, ABM, you're wrong. Giving health care "to the people" IS an impeachable offense because it is an unconstitutional action. Read Arctile I, outlining the powers of the federal government. Health care is nowhere in there. The president's oath of office includes a vow to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution.

    It's hilarious to read you libs hyperventilate over Herman Cain "not knowing what he's talking about," when clearly YOU are the ones who don't know what you're talking about!

    August 17, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. O.V.Catto

    How in gawd's name does a Congress impeach a President for a bill that Congress itself passed? It would be one thing if the Republicans wanted to debate policy because it is is impossible to debated pure stupidity.

    August 17, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. KellyinBoston

    I feel sorry for the guy. He really doesn't understand what an impeachable offense is–Or the Senate's role. The Senate doesn't impeach–The House alone impeaches. The Senate tries the impeached person and decides punishment. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

    August 17, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Barbara

    Actually if he was knowledgeable about the Constitution, he would know that the Republican House can impeach the President. Impeachment means to bring formal charges against, NOT REMOVE FROM OFFICE, and ONLY the House can impeach per our Constitution. The Senate hears the evidence and votes whether removal is appropriate. This is how power is balanced in Congress, and even my 7th grade students know this. Additionally for all of the House Republicans complaining about money that is being spent, all appropriation bills must begin in the House; no other body of government has the power to spend money without a bill being introduced in the House first! If you want to run for President, I suggest you first understand what the Constitution actually says, not what you think it says!

    August 17, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Texrat the Crypticum Keeper

    George W. Bush engaged in numerous impeachable offenses. At best, Obama is borderline (although I disagree strongly on his retreat from issues like Patriot Act, etc). If Herman Cain wanted to be completely honest, he would be poking more at Bush than Obama.

    August 17, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. erin

    DOMA is unconstitutional, therefore it is in fact totally law-abiding to instruct the Dept. of Justice to ignore it. Why hasn't that abomination been eliminated yet?
    Oh, and Cain is a nutjob.

    August 17, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. DrewL

    What a bunch of nonsense. What is with these people?! If anyone should have been impeached, it was George W. Bush for lying his way into a war in Iraq, for authorizing torture, for warrantless spying, the list goes on and on. And these people want to go after Obama because he wants everyone to have access to affordable healthcare and have the ability to marry the person they love? Give me a break!!! The GOP has lost its marbles.

    August 17, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. numbnut

    What a clown shoe.

    August 17, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. abby1

    Cain, no one is listening to you. All focus have been diverted to Rick Perry. Also, the Tea Party supporters that you had will now be going to Rick Perry.

    August 17, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Brock

    I'm an Obama fan. And I wouldn't mind if he brought up the idea of impeachment for something legit like going into Pakistan with out Pakistan permission to get Osama (which was f***ing awesome). But its a little rediculous to say he should be impeached because he is trying to do the right thing by offering equal rights for all even if that circumvents the current law. Both options are illegal but one matters and the other doesn't. Once again a GOP canidate with his head up his a**.

    August 17, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Craboo

    One more reason not to vote Republican. Cain just wants attention. Obama tried to help the American people.

    August 17, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. ART

    This idiot should not be allowed to vote much less run for President.

    August 17, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Linda - Salt Lake City, Utah

    What is it with so many Conservatives being brain dead? These people are downright scary and just pieces of garbage. Cain, you were a failure as a businessman, but more important, you are a failure as a human being, right along all the rest of the GOP trash.

    August 17, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Will

    Really? Come on dude.

    August 17, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Go away Cain

    Really, just go away, you have nothing to gain at this point and you're already -5 million in the respect department.
    Play golf or something and talk this crap to your drinking buddies.

    August 17, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Jason

    $20 bucks says that if a white politician said it, everybody would be calling him a racist

    August 17, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Lynne

    Hey new age independent.... I don't think he is not upholding the DOMA law, he is just cutting the spending on defending it. He isn't as you say "Obama is not upholding federal law". He isn't saying pretend it doesn't exist, he says yes it exists but lets spend money on more important things like getting people back to work! Why is it that people want spending cut only on the things they don't like????? But by GOD you better not cut funding on defense or DOMA or raise taxes on the UBER rich!

    If you were unemployed for a year or more, which would you rather the government spend money on? developing jobs? or defending DOMA?

    DOMA law still exists. How is that impeachable?

    August 17, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. MarineDad05

    What's this guy saying? I thought he might have a little bit of common sense, but he obviously doesn't.

    Just mouthing off something that the Tea Party would love is not always the smartest thing to do.

    August 17, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Jono

    What a complete embarrassment! If the GOP really want to get President Obama out of office they better come with more then this crap. Jobs, Jobs, Job!!! Cain is a joke.

    August 17, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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