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. Bleen Gloob

    Mr. Cain put Godfathers's out of business and he thinks he is qualified to make such a statement? He's only in it for the free money and food because all he has to do is say stupid things and get paid for it. Just ignore him and he will go away and die.

    August 17, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. kuewa

    Herman Cain is an Offensive, Really Extremely Offensive cookie.

    August 17, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. clarke

    what is this man drinking.

    August 17, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Big_D wrote:
    Does the GOP have any candidates that haven't bankrupt themselves or their own company?
    Have you noticed when this field began, all of the candidates were unemployed and have been for quite some time. In fact, all the people with jobs stayed out of the race. The ones with jobs who did join the race are all borderline personalities with some serious pet peeves they wish to share with all of us.

    August 17, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. St. Louis

    So, now we have one Republican candidate wanting to impeach Bernake, now anther wants to impeach the President. Who are these nut cases. America, do not let the nut cases run this country. No one system is perfect, we need our President and Congress to get back to the middle, where most Americans are and get this country moving. The extremes in both parties hurt the progress. Demand quality government action. Tea Party (nut cases) see you later.

    August 17, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Barry from Wisconsin

    No open is perfect, but this ridiculous moron is close

    August 17, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. dlskdjf

    Ya, I'd like a larger pepperoni, and hold the nutjob.

    August 17, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Veritas

    Is it possible to get a personal tour of the GOP Idiot Factory? Where is it located by the way? This Cain guy is one of their more hilarious idiots they've produced so far, along with the witch woman.

    August 17, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. ATLJack

    Its difficult to absorb how ignorant so many American's are. Impeachment is not a tool to use when Presidents do things you don't like. It is a tool to remove a dangerous President from office for "high crimes (from the Constitution). The ballot box is how you remove a President if you don't like his or her policies. Those calling for impeachment with the election so close at hand show their ignorance.

    August 17, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Marc from Florida

    There is a terrible missunderstanding. As usual the media screwed it up. Cain didn't say he wanted to im-peach Obama, he said he wanted to give-'Im a Pizza.' You just can't trust FOX news or CNN for that matter. I thought that was a very thoughtful gesture. MJY

    August 17, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Dell

    I am embarrass for the American people to have to read something so asinine.

    August 17, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. jacksonfram

    He should have read Running for President for Dummys.

    August 17, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. samuel

    Fooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!! and the worse part of it is that he has no chance of winning the republican nomination!

    August 17, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. kerry

    I wonder how many people who have called for his impeachment since day 1 actually realize impeachment does not mean the same as removal from office. Also, if the impeachment did lead to a conviction by 2/3 of the Senate and therefore removal from office, that it would make Joe Biden our President...they wouldn't just get to pick whoever they wanted.

    August 17, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Root and stem

    Obamist thug shoots man in Wisconsin for running a non-union company. Why is this not CNN headline ? If the reverse were true Coop, Blitz and the rest of the Progressives there at CNN would be totally indignant and shatting fire.

    August 17, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Root and stem

    Cain must be doing something correct if the CNN thugocracy is crapping its pants over this.

    August 17, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. Angy


    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 |
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________ AMEN!!!!!!

    August 17, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Dan in FL

    I guess I just don't understand some of the posts here that criticize the President. Yes, I too wish he could do more for the economy, but most Republicans appear to be calling for him to do less (reduce spending). Since about 1/3 of the stimulus money was tax breaks for businesses, I guess that type of solution doesn't help the economy either. What the economy needs is business and consumer confidence in the future based on mutual trust and sacrifice. You don't create that by bickering and arguing over political ideology. Cut spending and raise taxes by eliminating loopholes and giving everyone a stake in the game (i.e. everyone pays something).

    August 17, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. JR

    He should be impeach for saying such stupid stuff !

    August 17, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. TonyK

    There are just too many levels on which he should be impeached."

    This is the kind of foolishness we're up against: Because you hate the president doesn't mean he should be impeached. Impeachable offenses have nothing to do with your silly biases, but rather the rule of law as it stands, not as you think it should. Obama has done nothing to invoke impeachment. To think otherwise you really should reassess your fitness to vote.

    Cain is a fool.

    August 17, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Angy


    Yeah right let's just waste a couple more months holding hearings and spending time on that nonsense instead of addressing the real issues facing this country. Wouldn't the repubs liove that. There is no end to the crazy self righteous gop candidates
    August 17, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
    AGAIN AMEN!!!!!!

    That is what they do best. They have no answers or solutions for the mess bushy boy got us into.

    August 17, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. Paul Vachon

    This guy is so far off the right wing deep end, he reminds me of that wing nut that used to own Domino's Pizza, Tom Monaghan. What is it about former pizza CEOs?

    August 17, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. PaulC

    What a moron. If you can't impeach Bush you can't impeach anyone.

    August 17, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. lefty avenger

    How can we get this Dumb Dumb Cain to shut up? his pizza is lousy and his politics even worse!

    August 17, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Carl D

    Cain you should be in prison for scamming people to eat that crapola pizza!

    August 17, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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