Cain: Christie’s too liberal
October 2nd, 2011
11:12 AM ET
10 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. jb1963

    In other words Mr Cain. If he doesn't believe in your lies he is not a viable candidate?

    October 2, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    In other words, any Republican who has a smidgen of common sense is a RINO.

    October 2, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. lynn

    Apparently Christy doesn't care about his own health, how in the world would he care about the nation's health. Just a little too "New Jersey" for us midwesterners.

    October 2, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Drew

    Isn't it about time this crumudgeon retired? All due respect for his military record and service as a Senator but he is so far out of touch with modern politics it's silly. It's guys like him that used to be able to bridge the gap but now he's just another obstructionalist, reaaly a pity.

    October 2, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Terry Gloege

    Sic em Herman. But, given time he will self-destruct so I wouldn't get too excited.

    October 2, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Reggie from LA

    Oh Snap!!
    "Herb" just slapped the "whammy" (librul) on Christie!! Kinda like that other one were wingers say "you're like Obama". Unfortunately for Cain, it won't work. He's had the slap down put on him. The right is waiting for a superstar because the others have filled each other full of the holes that they richly deserve. Of course that's natural in a primary and being full of holes is natural for that bunch of "nuts". Wonder what kind of nuts THEY are. Walnuts maybe? Sorry. Tried to resist that.

    October 2, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Former Republican

    As a resident of NJ, I can tell you that Chris Christie is not a liberal; he is a conservative nightmare!

    October 2, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. AmericanSam

    Why won't Conservatives just face the facts about climate change? This is not a double-sided issue. If almost every person who is actually studying it says that climate change is happening due to humans, I'd say that's a pretty good indication that it is happening thanks to humans!

    Pretending a problem does not exist will not make it go away. Please, please, please let us do something about climate change before it is too late!

    October 2, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Truman Guy

    So who cares what the Conservatives think?? The GOP needs a candidate that appeals to all citiziens not just the far right. Compared to Cain, Christie is a way better overall choice. Cain is just saying this to get some press and media oxygen Chrisite is taking away since Perry slithered back to Texas.Give Christie a break pizza man..

    October 2, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Colorado

    Mr. Cain, Liberals do not condone "Busting workers right to collective bargaining,cut education, stop Social Security,and discriminate against people of "Color" What times are you living in "Mr.Rich Guy????

    October 2, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Allen

    Wow, one extremist telling another extremist they are not extremist enough! How crazy is that?

    October 2, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Smart, patriotic republican told me in 2009 when tea party emerge “wait we will have lot of domestic issues in the party” after 2010 election I told him party won he was wrong he said “ wait party won’t deliver anything for American people and domestic issues begin in the primary”

    Fox news slogan main stream media and Democrats attacking conservatives they don’t like us, really
    Now who is attacking conservative? Who is giving plat form that ? Who don’t like conservative? Answer Conservatives and FOX

    October 2, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Lorenzo

    So, if all us lemmings are rushing for the cliff and Chrisite pulls up short, he's out of line?

    October 2, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Ron

    Even the Republican party used to claim it had a "big tent." No longer. If you don't agree with the right-wing of the party (on everything), your ideas are no longer welcome–and neither are you. The tent is getting smaller and smaller.

    October 2, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. chuck

    He looks like he is on the verge of a stroke-get off the merry go round chris, it's not worth it. ALL BS...

    October 2, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Joe

    That's right Pizza boy. Christie doesn't foam at the mouth, use fear and smear tactics, or invent his own facts. How on earth can he consider himself a real conservative?

    October 2, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. zb

    Thank you Mr. Caine for reminding us “Most of the conservatives do not believe global warming is a crisis or a threat,” In other words most conservatives can't see the smog even when its in their face.

    October 2, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |

    Looks like the fat wingnut just moved out in front of Ron Paul while fatboy denies that he 's in the race . This is the reason why Ron Paul is the 6% man when the real votes (not those bumpkin straw poll votes) start coming in.

    October 2, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Jean Sartre

    Well, I think Mr. Cain is RIGHT!

    If you believe in Science, Evolution, critical thinking and human rights, then you obviously have no place in the Republic Party (PERIOD!).

    October 2, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. vince

    I think he meant "Christie too fat"

    October 2, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. JOhn

    I think it is sad that the conservative contenders have to pander to the most extreme wing of their party to gain traction. I also think it is sad that christie's weight gets thrown into things, welcome to america, we are the fattest nation in the world. so you know what they say about glass houses

    October 2, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. ST

    Oh dear! Herb Cain reminds me my cat. When I praise it that it has been nice by keeping quite calm, thats the time when it starts jumping up and down and dismantling everything. After Herb Cain won the Florida straw poll, he has started attacking his fellow contenders one after the other. What a pity!

    October 2, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. NVa Native

    Cain calling another popular Repub too liberal – don't blame anybody but Repubs for Christie.
    Both Christie and Cain would be a nightmare in any office – as NJ is finding out.
    But at least Christie has some understanding of how government works, which is important as you need to understand our Democracy is based on understanding those who disagree with you while using compromise to achieve the best out come for everyone involved.
    Cain thinks government is like hiring and firing pizza pushers – where you can be paid well to be an arrogant narcissistic tyrant.

    October 2, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. G D

    Or maybe Mr. Cain, a Republican candidate that supports equitable application of rights for all citizens might be electable. Most of the current GOP candidates are so far right that Regan would seem like a liberal to them. But, if nothing else, Cain, Bachmann & others provide no end to the entertainment value.

    October 2, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. SiriusVH

    Cain only tries to cannibalize the support of the Rabid Right. Initially, the Rabid Right was behind Bachmann. When Perry popped up on the stage they went to him. Now that Perry is losing steam these 'votes' are for the taker. Romney does not seem too interested. That creates an opening for Cain.

    October 2, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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