Cain says Obama impeachment would be 'a great thing'
August 17th, 2011
12:56 PM ET
9 years ago

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. shawn

    Reading the desperate and deranged right-wing rants here is 100% proof that Obama is on the right track. Thank you Mr. President! You have my vote for sure!

    August 18, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. John

    Herman Cain can't even spell impeachment. I have never seen the likes of such a collection of blowhards and misfits all vying for the presidency as I have this election season. The saving grace is that Americans indeed possess the common sense to prevent these gimps from getting anywhere near the oval office.

    August 18, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Marcus

    What a nut job!!!

    August 18, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Jerry

    LOL I love the ignorant people on here twisting Cains words to somehow blame Bush for impeachable offenses. How do you people get through life being so ignorant and emotionaly unstable?

    August 18, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. maggie

    what a pathetic play for some attention. This guys doesn't have a snowball's chance in Hades of winning the primary and on top of it, he will anger enough pizza loving folks who won't be able to stomach his pizza either.

    August 18, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. WWRRD

    Anyone think this guy is up to being President?

    Obama is not a very effective President, but impeach? On what grounds? The Defense of Marriage Act? What is he supposed to do, jail gay newlyweds?

    Obama seems to be an honest guy trying to make a difference. I respect him for that reason and because he is my President. I would rather have someone to the right of most of his positions, but so far he is better than the nut jobs like Herman Cain.

    August 18, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    Hungry for a little air time there Cain? You are so insignificant in the whole process that the only way you can get anything out there is to speak completely moronic statements just like this. Keep trying though. You are going nowhere

    August 18, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Shane Botwin

    Herman, please give me extra anchovies. Thanks.

    August 18, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. John

    I wanted George Bush and Cheney jailed over war crimes. Too bad we all don't always get what we want.

    August 18, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Carrington1

    I like this guy a lot and agree with a lot of what he says. But, bad political judgment is not a "high crime or misdemeanor". This proposal, of course, will go no where.

    August 18, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Marv

    Why do Republicans such as this clown, Bachman and the other one who was a witch say some of the dumbest things? Are they that dumb or just plain ole arrogant?

    August 18, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. from toronto

    I too think Bush should be impeached: for the unnecessary war and lying to the world about finding WMD when they clearly didnt! THAT is a impeachable offense. Even the morons in the GOP who thought Bush was a suitable candidate for president should be considered for impeachment.

    This guy Cain is an ass.

    August 18, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Darth Cheney

    Is he pandering, is he an idiot, or is he pandering to idiots? At least one of the three must be true.

    August 18, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. bluedogboy

    Perry, Bachmann, Paul, Cain, Palin, etc., etc.

    These people are so wacky we'll look back on 8 years of Bush with fondness.

    August 18, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Bob Knows

    Hooray for Harman Cain. He's the most honest candidate we have seen for a long time. He speaks truth, not political fiction.
    I've been supporting Herman Cain for President since I first heard the man speak.

    August 18, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. William

    Many people who hate Obama would vote for Obama over this guy! Get real Mr Cain!

    August 18, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. MarineDad05

    Now, is there way to impeach an ex Pizza guy?

    The GOP and their impeachment dreams... seems they never got over Nixon.

    August 18, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. dale

    obama equals worst president ever

    August 18, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Frank

    There goes the last shred of any creditability that this guys has.

    August 18, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Joe

    Of all the horses's behinds running for president–and there are an awful lot of them on the GOP side–he has to be the worst.

    August 18, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Nitalynn

    I would love to see the Republicans try that stunt again. I am pretty sure the pissed off American voters would be very impressed with that sort of partisan politics at a time when they are supposed to be concentrating on working together to fix the terrible problems we have at the moment. I am not terribly impressed with either party at this moment but at least a Democratic president and a Democratic congress could get SOMETHING done.

    August 18, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Peter

    I like the pizza jokes, but I doubt he can even make a pizza...

    August 18, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. iroshi

    Well, just goes to show that some people who run for the presidency don't even know the rules. Why would anyone vote for a candidate like that?

    August 18, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. ThisGuysALunatic

    Does Mr. Cain even know how our government works and what an impeachbale offense is?!

    August 18, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Andrew

    According to the constitution: you must treat every citizen of the United States with the same benefits and obligations of the law. Therefore, the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional as it discriminates against gays and lesbians who are married and cannot sponsor their partners for citizenship or *pay federal taxes together, and a host of 2,000 other federal rights. Phew, that one was difficult to understand. Yeah, impeach that dumb, professor president.

    Politicians are a joke.

    August 18, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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