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. Robita

    @Robert... You are a complete idiot, and I don't I have the stomach to argue over why Obama had nothing to do with our economic problems. Go watch Fox News and pray to the rich while you wait for them to drop somthing on the ground for you.

    August 17, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Jam 11
    BRILLIANTLY summarized! Thank you.

    August 17, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. TheMostWise

    An efficable supply of "Super Glue" self-applied by Herman to his magnificently stupid lips would instantly improve his IQ.

    August 17, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Big_D

    Does the GOP have any candidates that haven't bankrupt themselves or their own company?

    August 17, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. rdg18

    Odumbo has lost his support amongst blacks by 14% from 94% to less than 80%.

    August 17, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Slewatha

    I want my money back for the crappy pizza I got at God Fathers. Why does anyone take him seriously? He made his fortune on the backs of minimum wage earners.

    August 17, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Betelmann

    File under...wing-nut.

    August 17, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Sam A.

    Herman Cain is the greatest IRL Troll on the american political scene today.

    August 17, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Lydia N

    Both Perry and now Cain seem to be in some other worldly planet far, far, far from Earth to even think the things they are saying make any sought of sense.

    Perry, in a state that has 25% of its population without health insurance, has the highest executions of any state and many without proper defense and has poor results in education, he has the audacity to comment on the Federal Reserve with moronic statements? Please, while most of the citizens of Texas are upstanding Americans, the management (their state government) has done a poor job.

    As for Cain, go back to making pizzas if you ever did. Your thoughtless babble hurts you more than it does President Obama.

    Where was Cain when we invaded Iraq and where was Cain when Cheney sought the secret meetings with all the energy giants in Washington? Where was Cain during the blitz to de-regulate more and more of the financial industry?

    Impeach? You should have thought about that when Bush was president but as we all know, Republicans wouldn't stand for it because Bush did such a fine job! Yeah, right!

    August 17, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Jamie

    Two things that are wrong with his argument:

    1) Congress passed the health care law not President Obama. Even if the Act is declared unconstitutional (as many acts in the past have been) does not make it an impeachable offense.

    2) DOMA itself is unconstitutional according to the 14th amendment. Even if you may be against gay marriage, the act is denying people their basic rights of citizenship which goes against the 14th amendment.

    August 17, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. anotherjohn

    There is ignorance oozing out of the pores of some Americans including the mentally divergent pretend presidential candidate Cain. It's amazing how many Christians comment with blood thirsty daydreams that are a reminder that most Muslims, Jews, and Christians are mental cases.

    August 17, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    Good point Big.D. they want to "run the country like a business" but in business you can declare bankruptcy one day and open up again the next with no debt. Not so in real life. If only the GOP's ideas were not bankrupt as well.

    August 17, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Peter

    Are there any NORMAL people running for President?

    August 17, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. ric

    Finally, someone libtards cant call a racist for disagreeing with the President.

    August 17, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. geoffrey

    Herman is the GREAT BLACK HOPE!!!.......2012...Clarence Thomas/ Herman Cain........self hate brother!!! He's needs to be euthanized with cotton oil.

    August 17, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Craig from Pa.

    What rock was this guy hiding under during the W years???...Hell you talk about impeachable offenses!!!...get out of bizarro world you frickin' Repubs...absolutely backward thinking on everything....common sense there,.. is absolutely non-existent!

    August 17, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. rgrahamok

    He'll be here all week. Tip your wait staff!

    August 17, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Sean

    I want Herman Cain impeached from the world of relevant journalism. Whoever gave this clown a mic should be ashamed of themselves.

    August 17, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. standingwave

    So yet another Republican show his utter lack of respect for the voters and their decision to elect Obama.Somethings never change.This is just like the Clinton witch hunt.

    August 17, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Alex

    A sure sign of someone uncertain of winning against an opponent is when they try to get the opponent disqualified. Whether it's the whole birther thing, or trying to get a president impeached – a proceeding that would last past the next election if it started tomorrow – any candidate who says they want their opponent impeached or whatever is showing they don't have the confidence that their ideas/promises are strong enough to beat Obama. Rather than waste air on nonsense, why doesn't Cain (and anyone else of similar mind) stick to issues the voters care about, like fixing the mess Bush Jr got the country in. If their ideas are stronger than Obama's then they deserve to win.

    August 17, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    I'd like to see Cain disappear. The GOP too for that matter. But that's not gonna happen, either.

    August 17, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. BL

    And I want him to take his crappy pizza back, neither one will happen.

    August 17, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. Brain Drain

    How do these retards end up running for president, much less even ending up in the press at all?

    August 17, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Cliff Vegas

    THIS clown is the reason independent voters are worried about choosing ANY GOP candidate. They're sounding nuttier and nuttier the closer we get to 2012.

    August 17, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Litterboxrox

    Why are we even hearing about this pizza maker's opinion?

    August 17, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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