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. Tan Huynh

    Cain, if that's your way to win the Presidency then let me remind you that you need to get the nomination from the GOP first. So getting him impeached and removed from office is not going to work for you to get there. Try put in some hard to campaign first. Try to convince the American people that you are really not an idiot that you really are.

    August 17, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Rob R

    LOL. That's all I can say when I see this man.

    August 17, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. chuck

    Ignorant Moron-soon he will be out of the race anway. Go sell some pizza.

    August 17, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. glib lib

    Seriously!? This is just another example of a conservative nimrod catering to the extreme right wing of the republican party. Obstruction after obstruction.

    August 17, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Tan Huynh

    sad pathetic black man that Cain is

    August 17, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. George Busch

    F a r t s in the wind. He has nothing he can impeach on. You want to impeach him for items congress passed? I guess according to the GOP a person can be impeached for their ideas and opinions. What a bunch of morons.

    August 17, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Call me stupid

    And here we have another Republican idiot spewingnhis hate. Marriage is between two consenting adults not just a man and woman.

    August 17, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. TIGER2

    This fool really needs to go back to his cave and sleep for another 20 years. He may call his brand of engagement, straight talk, but most reasonable people will say its foolishness. As an African American male, I am absolutley embarrassed everytime he opens his mouth and you report it in the press. Enough already!

    August 17, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. CTYank

    First, this pretty much seals the case- Cain is a delusional idiot. Token candidate.

    Second, why didn't we hear from Cain about Bush's war in Iraq?

    Nothing to do with facts- just looking at ways to target the Pres. Not newsworthy.

    August 17, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. David

    Give it up Pizza Boy!

    August 17, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Feedup!

    This guy has the IQ of a dead bush!

    August 17, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. andy

    Do you know what's an impeachable offense? That awful pizza that Godfathers serves. Pizza Hut is better, and Pizza Hut is crap.

    August 17, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. mama panda

    Can we change the laws so we can impeach people like Cain instead?

    August 17, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Seattle Sue

    Cain is an idiot and will never be nominated. Has nobody told him that Republicans and Tea Party people want to take the White House back from a black man and not give it to another black man?

    August 17, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. SecedingfromTexas

    This guy just assured himself a place at Faux News. He truly had me fooled in that I thought he was better than this.
    Not presidential by a long shot, but a better person. Now he is on par with Perry, Bachmann, Palin, and all of the
    other tea party goons. I will never understand how some people are so willing to be guided by hate and greed.
    We will not leave America if the tea party takes over our government, but we most certainly will move to the most isolated
    place we can find. I would rather live with the wild animals that are God's creations, rather than live with
    what the tea party has created. That's how badly they frighten me.

    August 17, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Tony in Maine

    What a whack job!

    August 17, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Bill from GA

    Thankfully the bottom feeders of the repug party, such as cain and newt, occasionally make such idiotic remarks, so the general public will not forget them. ( I had a hard time deciding whether to call them 'bottom-feeders or something you scrape off the bottom of your shoe. ) They must remain somewhat relevant in order to continue drawing repug donor money.

    Of the two, both with Georgia roots, Cain somehow seems more revolting (than newt). That is quite an accomplishment.

    August 17, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Keith

    To tell the Department of Justice to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act is a breach of the Constitution and THAT would be a violation of his oath. Not to mention Treason. But that thanks for playing Mr. "Look at me, I prove Repulican's aren't racist even though I don't stand a snowballs chance in hell of being nominated by them!"

    August 17, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. jimbo

    Talking about impeachment? Cain should be hit with restraint order that keeps him from opening his stupid mouth!

    August 17, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Tad Pole

    Has it really come to this? Really?

    August 17, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. T Hill

    So it will be nice when Cain drops out so that an educational debate can move forward. Maybe good ol' Abe Lincoln should have been impeached when he was against slavery even though the laws of the time allowed it. Discriminatory legislation is wrong no matter who it discriminates against.

    August 17, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Teller

    After this campaign is over. Cain should apply for a Bozo the Clown position. It's all he's good for.

    August 17, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. JOE

    What really bothers me about African-Americans like Mr. Cain and other successful African-Americans in America is how often they seem to forget where they came from, their history and the people who once sacrificed and put their lives on the line for our freedom, people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks and others. I have a question for Mr. Cain. So you want president Obama to be impeached for the healthcare legislation to begin with? But Mr. Cain where were you when George W. Bush and the very GOP you're currently supporting lied to the American people and mislead them about bogus and non existent WMD's in Iraq, a lie that led to the deaths of over 4,000 US soldiers? Where was your voice then Mr. Cain? And I may add that today our soldiers are still dying in Afghanistan because GWB and the GOP abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war to fight their illegitimate Iraqi war. Remember the 31 US Navy Seals who were killed in Afghanistan last week? Their deaths are the doings of the failed and illegitimate foreign policies of the GOP. So when is George W. Bush and his cabinet going to be impeached Mr. Cain? Those dead soldiers are not going to ever be returning home to their love ones, never ever Mr. Cain. So when are you going to call for the impeachment of GWB and his cabinet Mr. Cain? And furthermore Mr. Cain, while the illegitimate Iraqi war has taken countless lives, the historic healthcare legislation is geared towards preserving and saving American lives. And I always believed that a healthier America is simply a stronger America.

    And speaking about African-American history Mr. Cain, do you know anything about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Do you know anything about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott? Do you know anything about slavery in America and the struggles of a people during the Jim Crow era for racial justice and equality? Do you know about Congressman John Lewis and James Clyburn and and the many others who once put their lives on the line during the Civil Rights era in America for our freedom? Mr. Cain I'm glad that you're a successful African-American but I'm saddened by the fact that you are so blind and ignorant to turn around and call for the impeachment of our nation's first African-American president and in the process try to reverse everything that our forefathers sacrificed to achieve in America. Mr. Cain I hope that you think twice before you dampen the bridge because you may need to cross that bridge one day to get back home. And as they say Mr. Cain, those who ignore history are bound to repeat it. Just remember your history Mr. Cain.

    August 17, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |

    A Black Republican (literally) who has signed on with the White reactionary country-club elite. Why are you whipping down on a brother?

    August 17, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Dave

    I guess this is just another example of how far republicans will go. I'm glad I'm not a "republican!"

    August 17, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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