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
soundoff (1,100 Responses)
  1. felix

    At this point, desperate candidates just start flinging poo to see if it sticks.

    August 18, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Timtim

    Cain is not a serious candidate anyway... GOP will never elect him

    August 18, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Collin Wilson

    Mr. Cain – Lincoln refused to defend the laws allowing slavery, had he not done so where do you think you would be right now? Certainly not in a suit running for political office. Think about that for a while, sometimes you have to stand up against laws that hurt people.

    August 18, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. ray

    It is beyond comprehension that this president, who has nearly destroyed our country, has not been impeached. If Obama is not impeachable who is?

    August 18, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Former Republican

    Mr Cain... Do you not realize that the GOP hates people of color? These people are not embracing you; they are using you to bring down President Obama and they are laughing at you!

    August 18, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. d

    Err...the health care law passed by both houses of congress and signed by the president into law is justification for impeachment? Seems like Mr. Cain doesn't really understand how the government works, and what qualifies as high crimes against the nation.

    August 18, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Bill

    You know cuts to state agencies have gone too far when state hospitals had to release many patients who still needed care but whoever thought many of those patients would end up running for the GOP nomination?

    August 18, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. mechbrain

    Why the GOP is filled with this kind of clowns? It seems that the only candidate that has anything presidential going is Romney.

    August 18, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. trader

    Herman (Cain), I told you NOT to stand close to the oven! Now, it has cooked what little brains you have left.

    August 18, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. twistedpuppet

    Nothing he said is impeachable. What part of "High crimes and misdemeanors" does this guy not get? Read the Constitution before mouthing off like a moron.

    No, seriously. "The President, Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors." -Article II of the United States Constitution (Section 4)

    There are no grounds for impeachment. Cain is stupid and hasn't bothered to read the one document that he swore to uphold.

    August 18, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. dutspup

    cain is not able

    August 18, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. CL78

    This country WILL move back to its conservative christian values. Either by votes or by blood, America WILL be taken back. Baby killing, Abomination marriage, Race welfare, and Sin culture WILL be address very very soon.

    August 18, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Anonymous


    Lets see... the entire financial downturn started under Bush and isnt going to be cleaned up overnight by anyone. Even god couldn't do it... much to republican dismay. You can't impeach Obama for the Bush legacy. Sorry republicans...but rewriting and or ignoring history just won't work. Facts are facts... not the made up stuff on Fox news.

    August 18, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Bert in UT

    The right is proving itself to be the greatest threat to American democracy in 200 years.

    August 18, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. MM

    Cain is a great businessman and I believe he could really take control of this economy, however he should keep his religious beliefs to himself.

    August 18, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. LEON

    When you have eating too much pizza you start saying stupid things.

    August 18, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. chill

    Frightening, the people who think they are fit to be President. Apparently disagreement is an impeachable offense.

    August 18, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. munchmom

    We should be so lucky....hurry up 2012 and let's get rid of this moron in the White House before we are all using Euros as our currency and we have to wait indefinitely to get medical attention like they do in other countries!

    August 18, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. shawn

    These right-wing fanatic idiots have never read the US Constitution. The President can't be impeached because YOU personally don't like his policies. What's the high crime or misdemeanor, exactly? There isn't one. The good news is that right-wing fanatic loons KNOW they can't beat Obama in 2012, so they are relying on fantasy rhetoric to appease the Teabag mouth breathers. Despeate, desperate, desperate. Obama 2012!

    August 18, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Steve in texas

    More positivity from the GOP, moving forward as usual.

    August 18, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. BuzzerKiller

    This guy sounds like a Dictator.

    August 18, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. bluemax77

    There’s a queue for impeachment in this country and it starts with Bush...!!

    August 18, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. viknat

    Impeachment takes too long and cost too much, just take him down to Texas and throw him over the wall let Mexico have him

    August 18, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Pauly Paul

    It really is a sign of how bad things have gotten in the political arena when describing the impeachment of ones President is described as a 'great thing'! Impeachment of a President no matter which side of the political divide is a monumental moment and should be discussed very cautiously and not instead used as campaign sound bits. Regardless who residing as President, the office should be treated with a bit more respect and decorum by all and any 'politcal' disageements made forcefully, but respectfully in the text of polital debate. These personal attacks from all and sundry in DC and on campaign trails is the biggest turn off to voters and the general public. Whilst this president has dropped the ball on some occasions as every other President has done at some point in their tenure, banding around impeachment talk is irresponsible. niether the left or right will get all they want ..period! Therfore to achieve anything in life usually means that folks have to compromise. Compromise is not a dirty word, it is an absolute requirement in political discourse and is what folks in the US are sceaming out for. DC needs to put country and its citizens first and not polls and the re-election process.

    August 18, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Chris

    If there were a Gofathers Pizza near me, I'd make sure to always order from Dominos or Papa Johns. I'll impeach him with my wallet.

    August 18, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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