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. Kent Bowen

    Another GOP clown for president speaks and gibberish comes out. Nothing new here...

    August 17, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Joe

    OK, he wants the President impeached but I want him (and several other GOP candidates) committed. There is probably a lot better case to be made for throwing some of these losers into a looney bin that supporting impeachment of the President.

    August 17, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. T in Tennessee

    I really dont understand the Rebulicants. They have a big 8 year party then get mad at the new guy for not being able to clean it up in 2 years or less. Just a bunch of spoiled kids who think that the world revolves around them because they have money. What will u be asking for when you finally drain all of the money out of the economy and there arent any consumers left oh and 1 more thing All of this money all of you rich pigs are hoarding up HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUY A TICKET INTO HEAVEN I bet you will never have enough huh?

    August 17, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Ray from Bisbee, AZ

    Cloud-cuckoo-land!!! This fellow will do anything for attention. . .

    August 17, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. Liz the First

    Don't you love the irony here? a member of a formerly (?) oppressed minority calling for the impeachment of a member of his own minority for wanting to end the oppression of another minority. does this idiot even see the irony here? and why does this idiot think he's even remotely qualified to be president, never having held even local office? if someone came to him and said 'i want to manage one of your stores, but i've never made a pizza or run a business,' do you think he would hire him? he'd laugh him out of his office. just like we need to laugh this clown off the national stage. i know bush set the bar pretty low, but he at least held office before trying for the presidency.

    August 17, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. Jon Heacker

    Mr. cain,would you please go back to Godfather's Pizza and make your self a pepperoni pizza and pour you a cold beer and SHUT UP.

    August 17, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. Mark Taylor

    My God, what is it with Republican politicians. Even though voters *ELECT the President of the United States anytime they find something they don't like about a Democratic president they roll out this impeachment nonsense. Where was all this concern when President Bush was bankrupting us, engaging in an invasion based on unsourced intelligence, bugging private American citizen's communications devices, erasing the division of Church and State (and I'm a committed Christian by the way) and outing a CIA agent because their spouse disagreed and wrote an op-ed on all the lying. Where was Herman Cain when all of that was going on?

    August 17, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. Mark Taylor

    *ELECT – Most of the time. See Florida November 2000...

    August 17, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. Scott A

    A lot of liberals want Obama to be impeached because he is a too much of a conservative and not interested in helping the country. Herman Cain is not a liberal or progressive by any means. He and his conservative pals are out to destroy the country and he wants Obama impeached because in the view of the GOP, Barack isn't moving fast enough in ruining the country on his own.

    August 17, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. Yeah Right

    Really? These are not impeachable offenses. does this guy even have any idea of politics? Not the biggest fan of Obama, but this argument holds no water.

    August 17, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. DTTG

    Herman idiot....don't you know that they hate you just as much as they hate Obama

    August 17, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Marik7

    I think Cain is trying to back out of the race by sounding as stupid as he possibly can, or as stupid as he possibly can pretend to be. Sharp move, Herm.

    August 17, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Michigan Rocks

    Why do you people resort to name calling? Is it because you can't stand an opinion opposite your own, or is it because you don't have the intelligence to debate an issue. Whether you like him or not, he is at least trying to make a stand. What do those of you that attack and name call stand for besides living off of us taxpayers?

    August 17, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. Beaver Cleaver

    I like Herman Cain but he's way off here. I just don't see the "high crimes & misdemeanors" being present. We have bigger fish to fry than to conjure up some lame reason to toss Obama. Besides, 2012 will be here soon enough. Stop wasting our time Herman along with all the other Repubs and stick to the issues.

    August 17, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  15. John in Colorado

    Here is the proof of how incredibly ignorant this man is. A federal official is impeached by a vote in the House. All Impeachment is are charges. A trial is then held in the Senate. The Senate acts as Jury. It takes 66 Senators to vote guilty in order for the official to be removed from office. There is no way that the Senate could block the bringing of charges. That is entirely the House of Representatives' responsibility. To be running for the Presidency of the United States and know so little about the Constitution is beyond the pale. Furthermore, the man has no chance of being nominated for President by the GOP that has a large percentage of racial bigots.

    August 17, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  16. Emmanuel Goldstien

    Calling him a Presidential Candidate is like calling the homeless guy in Times Square who yells at all the smokers a 'Candidate for Surgeon General'.

    August 17, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. Cain is Unable

    Impeachment? And what would you charge him with, you pizza-peddling puts (sic)? Or are you one of those dummies that thinks impeachment means direct removal? Were you even conscious during the 90's?

    BTW your pizza sux.

    August 17, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. Lex

    Pres. Obama will win a second term easily if people like Cain continue to embaress our nation with such negativity. We all know who lied to our face and it should go down as the 4 trillion dollar lie. That is approximately the cost of both wars. Our total debt is around 10 trillion to the American people and another 4 trillion to foreign countries. So Bush and his lies alone increased are debt by approx 30%. So let's just stop funding wars and we will be just fine. All this negativity and hatered is what's killing our country slowly. At this pace we will fall victim of self destruction no need for defense budget arguememts.

    August 17, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The one question I haven't heard answered is what would be the charge. What would the charge be to impeach Obama? I haven't heard anything that is worth impeachment. People shouldn't suggest things like this unless they have proof or at least some reason why. Just because the GOP don't like Obama because he got some of his agenda accomplished doesn't mean that you should call for impeachment. Bush should have been at least repremanded by Congress because of the faulty intelligence that lead to the conflict in Iraq.

    August 17, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. CSM

    This coming from likely the most unelectable candidate out there.... probably on the same plane as Santorum.

    August 17, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. Ron

    PROOF******** that black people do not support a candidate merely because he is black. What a Clown. He tries to say something shocking, so people will pay attention to him...the Black Sarah Palin!!!!!! LOL

    August 17, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  22. Elly

    Go away you stupid moron, and take Sarah and Michelle with you.

    August 17, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. C Justice

    I thought it would be good to have another African American in the race for president, but this Cain guy is a idiot. He talks a lot of fool talk!

    August 17, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Joe B.

    Who cares? This is garbage. Our country is in the crapper and this is what is being covered. Why dont we all drive down to washington and slap everyone Republican and Democrat. Neither party is offering solutions. Debate is pointless if there is not an effort to find a solution. Creating plans that we all know will fail due to lack of bipartisan support is a waste of time and is only a form of political posturing. I hate our politicians generally speaking and think that if we as Americans continue to fail the sacrifices that formed this great nation by letting morons of the GOP and Democratic party ruin us..then no one failed us but ourselves. ugh..disgusting.

    August 17, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  25. sqeptiq

    Even the Republicans think Cain is a buffoon. Check out his numbers in ANY poll of Republican candidates. Voldemort would get more votes than this joke.

    August 17, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
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