Cain: Christie’s too liberal
October 2nd, 2011
11:12 AM ET
11 years ago

Cain: Christie’s too liberal

(CNN) - While the chatter surrounding a potential Chris Christie presidential bid increases, one current contender said Sunday the New Jersey governor is too liberal to win the GOP nomination.

Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain said Christie’s past positions on civil unions for same sex couples, illegal immigration and global warming would be liabilities among conservative Republican voters.

“Most of the conservatives believe that we should enforce our borders. They do not believe people should be here without documentation. They do not believe global warming is a crisis or a threat,” Cain said on “Fox News Sunday.” “As you go right down the line, he's going to turn off a lot of conservatives with those positions.”

Christie, who is reportedly considering a run in 2012 after repeatedly shooting down speculation, supports civil unions for same sex couples and previously said it is not a crime to be in the United States illegally. The first-term governor has also said Americans have a responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

“I believe that a lot of conservatives, once they know his position on those things that you delineated, they're going to not be able to support him,” Cain said.

Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Herman Cain
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. meg barton

    I like Christie, but not his politics. He would be smart to wait. Then he could slim down and look more Presidental. I was trying to think, when was the last true fat president? Grover Cleveland?

    October 2, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. BLuidshay

    As many votes as he'd lose from conservative Republicans, he'd pick up from independents and disgruntled dems. Freethinkers don't think along party lines, they think along platform similarities to their own beliefs. It's sad that the Republicans don't have any room in their party for people who don't think EXACTLY like them in every way. They are on their way to slimming down their party until it doesn't even factor into the political landscape. And the same can be said for the Democrats, although I think they are a bit more accepting. Truth is, most of us don't fit into either mold and we are stuck in the grey middle somewhere hoping that there is a candidate that makes sense to us. I would love to see the two party system in America implode. It's useless in 2011 and all it does is gridlock the House and Senate and nothing gets done on behalf of the people, while the pols in DC all beat their chests and blindly bellow their party mantras. Ugh. Enough already.

    October 2, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. 21k

    like him or not, cristy is likely a bit too smart to want to put himself thru this, at least during this time of his life. but the current candidates know that he would sweep them right into the dustbin of fox news jobs, book tours , etc. so they let their jealousy come thru now and then.

    October 2, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Tony

    All electable Republicans are too liberal for Tea Partiers.

    October 2, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Rose

    So, in other words, Christie is too smart and fair to be the Republican nominee – that says a lot about the new wave of Republicans.

    Also funny, Michelle Obama is out there talking about eating health and exercising, and the Republicans keep screaming they don't want the government telling us what to eat. Well, now they have a public figure who OBVIOUSLY isn't paying any attention to what she's working for, and now they have a problem with it. Pure hypocrisy!

    October 2, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    Here we go. The governor doesn't pass the far rightwing nutcase test. Good grief! These people are destroying the Republican Party. If someone like me has known this for quite some time, when are the Republicans going to get a clue?

    October 2, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Raising Cain

    Is Cain raising Cain again?! What a pity since he has virtually nothing feasible to offer about how to get this country going again! It sure appears that Cain's only objective is to try to dismantle his opponent's candidacy by bringing out the humanitarian efforts they do for the people who live in this country, no matter who they are. He feels only HIS Extreme Right Wing opinion or position counts and that everyone should follow in lock-step with it. He may have gotten lucky in Florida but He is wrong in his positions and Wrong For This Country!

    October 2, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. BobInIrvine

    What is it with "small gubmint" CONservatards that makes them take mutually exclusive positions? If they are in favor of small government, why are they in favor of government regulating what a woman can do with her body or the status that two people in love have under tax and civil laws? Pray tell, CONservatards, please do tell me how I might reconcile this hypocrisy?

    October 2, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Weasley

    Cain's description of conservative Republicans makes them sound like a bunch of idiots. Wait, these are the folks who embrace the Tea Party. They ARE a bunch of idiots.

    These "conservative" Republicans go on and on about small government, yet their platform seems to place Government right smack dab in the middle of my living room, or worst, my bedroom. Doesn't sound small to me.

    The rhetoric about small government is just a guise. The real intent is to get government out of the way, at all cost, so businesses can do whatever they want, with no checks and balances, just to make money for these fat cat fat heads. Nice try, but no, I like clean water, clean air, safe automobiles, safe airplanes, food that will not kill me, doctors who are licensed, etc., etc.

    The conservative Republicans need to pull their head out of the sand, and their derriere, and join the 21st century. Regulation is not inherently bad, gays are not inherently bad, science is not scary witchcraft, and the Democrats do not eat puppies.

    October 2, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. logic in LA

    Now Cain is taking on unannounced candidates? Whatever good Ideas the Pizza Man has, are being over-shadowed by his foolish rants.

    October 2, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Eric

    If Chris Christie becomes the Republican nominee, his selection of the VP candidate will a very important selection. A guy that morbidly obese could not have much of a life expectancy. Then again, Christie's main strength is his surliness when his opponent isn't in the room. He couldn't do that in a debate, when his idiotic comments could get exposed in real time.

    October 2, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Cain is correct. Under closer scrutiny Christie will not pass the Tea Party/social conservative purity test.

    October 2, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Cain wins a straw poll and suddenly he's deluded himself into thinking that he's the front-runner; so then you attack a guy that would smoke you in two seconds if he threw his hat in the ring. Herman you are priceless...........clueless, but none-the-less, priceless!!!

    October 2, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Can't wait for Cheney to chime in with more stupid comments – and he will, you make book on it!!!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. InVT

    In the current Republican Party, Ronald Reagan would be too liberal to nominate.
    Once people come to understand that, they will realize how bat-**** crazy the current party is.

    October 2, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Chrisg510

    Well if the GOP does not get rid of the extremist TP and TP candidates soon, the 2012 election will go to the Democrats.

    October 2, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Larry L

    Cain shows himself to be a typical head-in-the-sand conservative and makes Christie look more intelligent – like a progressive Democrat!

    October 2, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. windrider2

    I doubt that even Barry Goldwater would be conservative enough to satisfy the fanatics who call themselves 'conservatives' in the Republican Party. But they aren't true conservatives. When the dregs of John Birchers crossbred with Christian theocrats, the result has been a party of regressives who cannot handle living in the 21st century and want to drag this country back by a century or three. What Cain and his ilk steadily refuse to recognize is that the majority of voters in America are not conservative by his definition and practice of the word; by comparison, most are moderates who want sane FUNCTIONING government and an end to right-wing culture wars trying to socially re-engineer society backwards. If Cain and his kind get what they want for the GOP nominee, most independents (and many Democrats) will hold their noses and vote for Obama rather than the kind of extremist supported by so-called conservatives.

    October 2, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. William

    Wow, what a statement from Cain. If you have any intelligence you are not a viable candidate for the GOP.

    October 2, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Kay

    Christie may or may not be too liberal, but it IS too late for him to enter the race. The field is pretty much closed. He doesn't have the time to build the support or refute the barbs of the other contenders before the primaries.

    The only reason he's being mentioned at all is because the Republicans know that none of the current candidates can beat Obama, and they're desperately looking for someone else – anyone else – who might be able to.

    As for Cain, he'll be gone by the third primary. Romney will be nominated, simply because he's the best of a bad lot, and lose to Obama.

    October 2, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. a guy

    I thought this was settled all ready pizza man, climate change is a fact.

    October 2, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Frank Tillery

    If what Mr.Cain states is true regarding Conservative beliefs, then our choices next November are clear. Vote.

    October 2, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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