Cain says Obama impeachment would be 'a great thing'
August 17th, 2011
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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. Ryan I voted for John Kerry and last year I voted for McCain. I'm one of these independents that everyone talks about.
    But, comments like this from Herman Cain (and similarly ignorant comments from GOP candidates) just tells me that the GOP will not be fielding an electable candidate this year. It's very much a shame. I don't want to vote for Obama and I'd like a leader to step up, not clowns who are gonna choke from all the rhetoric.

    August 17, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. Voice

    How is this worthy of being news? Why publicize utter dribble... from this clueless idiot.
    If anyone should have been impeached, it was Bush... how many people died because of his mis-adventures in Iraq for those weapons of mass distraction!

    August 17, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. bob

    Socalgal, the fact that you don't like him is not an impeachable offense on his part.

    August 17, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. CRB

    What's wrong with him (Cain)...I mean, really?

    August 17, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. Samuel

    Mr Cain is just another loser like Michael Steele. They (GOP) will just use and dump you.

    August 17, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. Hill

    What brand of black shoe polish does Herman "Al Jolson" Cain wear? The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza? Are they for real? That tripe sucks. It's just cheap is why it sells. And he is too.

    August 17, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. bob

    Jeremey, impeach means "to try." That's the Senate's job, not to "prevent" impeachment. So you don't think Cain's comments make him an idiot? OK, how about an uneducated, partisan moron, then?

    August 17, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. popeye1128

    Talk about hypocritical when Shrub got a pass on a war that he lied us into!

    August 17, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. ChuckB

    What a clown. Officials are impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, not because they support legislation that one disagrees with. The Health Care Act is legislation passed by congress, not an executive order. Signing a bill passed by congress is not an impeachable act. In regard to the Defense of Marriage Act, if the administration isn't implementing it as wished, then it goes to the courts. It isn't new for an administration not to implement an act as written and a call for impeachment ahs never resulted. Apparently Cain feels he has to up Perry’s ante of accusing Bernanke of treason. The GOP field is engaged in a manic frenzy of hyperbole, i.e., exaggeration. Watch out for the black helicopters ferrying UN commandos.

    August 17, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Tealiban

    Look at the brother who sells the pizzas telling it. Go Herman! Please, go!

    August 17, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Zil Zerimar

    The Republican Party is becoming a joke with rhis kind of rhetoric. If President Obama will be impeached, CAIN SHOULD BE HANGED!!! Dear God, please save the United States of America from people like Cain, Bachman, Perry, etc.

    August 17, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. popeye1128

    Herman Cain the king of insane. Go back to making pizzas, do the nation a favor.

    August 17, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. trainwreck

    Obama has been weak on the subject of gay marriage, and anyways a republican who wants big government out of our lives should be against DOMA as it is unconstitutional to allow straight marriages while banning gay ones...and health care...well, if you dont call it "socialized health care" and the right wing wouldnt have raised such a stink, wed would all be enjoying it like the majority of the civilized world does
    Cain is just rustling feathers in an attempt to become relevant

    August 17, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. gabriel

    stick to pizza!
    what an ignorant.

    August 17, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. Todd

    If we want to be so holy and hold Presidents responsible for their actions, the War Criminal Bush and his puppet master Cheney should be executed for murder

    August 17, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. NamCbtVet

    If Cain were an elected official, I would want him impeached. His rantings make him a candidate for "protective custody" proceedings.

    August 17, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. Bill

    Last ditch effort for some % points. Lame. And if Cain actually thinks the President alone is responsible for how things are, he isn't even smart enough to do his current job at an admirable level.

    August 17, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Reggie from LA

    So here's our president, fighting hard everyday with weak kneed constituents who have begun suffering from some kinda Stockholm syndrome or something, GOP who are just bold crooks and Tea Party megaphones who seem somehow rudderless without Beck...then there's Cain. Talking about impeachment (with no real basis) being something spectacular because he says so. What would be "great" is that he would quietly step aside (considering his poll position) and let the rest of the wingnuts continue with the droning.

    August 17, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. Fr33th1nk3r

    Wow, what a clown! Somebody should educate Pizza-Hut man on what are impeachable offenses.....Presidents get impeached for committing criminal offenses, not for disagreeing with the far-right's Bronze-Aged views on marriage. And it is funny to hear a black man trying to turn the tables and be a bigot himself–how quickly they forget what it is like to be discriminated against. Adds new meaning to the "pot calling the kettle black" (pun intended?) saying I guess....shows HUGE hypocrisy if nothing else....

    August 17, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. OU812IC

    Who cares what this idiot says

    August 17, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    WOW! These Republican's are getting further out there all the time. First Perry claims it would be Treason for Bernake to do something that might improve the economy, and now Cain wants Obama impeached for an administrative decision that is well within his pervue. Is this REALLY the best the GOP has to offer. It's pretty clear these guys are Tea Partiers first and Americans a distant second.

    August 17, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. heliocracy

    If you could impeach a president because you don't agree with his policies, George W. Bush would have been gone in 2006. Seriously, has this guy thought one bit about the consequences of that stance? The executive branch would essentially have no power or independence at all. Another crazy, stupid conservative who has no idea how our government works, and why.

    August 17, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. Global Economy

    ANOTHER unelectable GOP candidate. ... yawn ... stretch ....

    August 17, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Jacob

    Cain is an idiot. DOMA is in direct conflict with the Constitution (14th amendment) and the continued defense of this law is nothing more than a misappropriation of taxpayer dollars, and so far courts are split on the constitutionality of the healthcare overhaul. The Senate can only commence impeachment hearings if there is strong indication that the president has committed "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." Obama, though not faultless, is not guilty of any of those things and therefore could never be impeached. Perhaps we should impeach any and all politicians who imposed a law that will inevitably found unconstitutional upon the citizens of this country...

    August 17, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Fr33th1nk3r

    So.....looks like Obama again in 2012. So far the GOP has produced: 1) an idiot soccer mom from Alaska that has been guilty of nearly every known form of political corruption known and actually hired a witch-doctor from Africa to chase demons out of Wassilla (Palin, in case you are only as bright as she), 2) a bimbo evangelist that admits she defers important decisions to her husband and cannot give a straight answer to even the most straightforward or basic of questions concerning the Presidency (Backman, in case you are as slow as she), and 3) another corrupt politician from Texas with no real agenda other than to disagree with everything Obama does. And they wonder why the only people who vote Republican anymore are either the elderly, the infirm of health, or those over the age of 60.....

    August 17, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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