Vice President Herman Cain?
October 11th, 2011
10:12 AM ET
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Vice President Herman Cain?

(CNN) - Herman Cain left the door open to serving as the vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket in 2012 for "the right person."

In an interview with the Omaha World-Herald published Tuesday, the GOP White House hopeful said if his presidential bid fails, he would "consider" the No. 2 spot.

"I'm in it to win it," Cain said via telephone while campaigning in Virginia. "I'm not running for second place. [But] if we have the right nominee and it's not me, I'd consider it."

But the former Godfather Pizza CEO, whose poll stock has risen in recent weeks, added he will "be the nominee" and "beat Barack Obama" in the next election.

Although he did not say with whom he would like to run, Rick Perry is one name sure to not make his list.

Last week, Cain said he "would not be comfortable" running with the Texas governor.

- CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    Cain can win, he can defeat Obama and that would be great to see. But if he does not get the nomination, I would like to see him on the Romney ticket anyway. This would be powerful.

    October 11, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Publius Novus

    Herman Cain is not qualified to serve as president or vice-president. Secretary of Commerce? Maybe.

    October 11, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Physics-lite

    Oh’ Come on even the presidential candidates have the Freedom of Religion ?????

    October 11, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. gt

    love to see him and foul mouth joe get after each other in a debate....

    October 11, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    so who would you consider the "right person" Herm? If it's not Perry, then who...Mittens? He's not pure enough. Past that, forget it. You and whomever would get TOASTED in the election

    October 11, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "[But] if we have the right nominee and it's not me, I'd consider it."
    Spoken like a true sophmore. Isn't he supposed to say that he is the *only* right nominee? Like if they pick the wrong person, I would be willing to consider a VP slot because I could still help the country. Or some other noble sounding ramble that conservatives are so good at saying.

    October 11, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Herb's got his "strategy" all worked out, does he? Pretend to run for President, stop in the middle of campaigning to sell his book, and then become the V.P. pick on a ticket that would be going nowhere - least of all to the White House. All the while insulting everyone but those "willing" to vote for him. Fairly certain the candidate who does win the GOPer nomination will not be Cain, nor will Cain be a "second" place V.P. choice. Those decisions have already been worked out by Karl Rove, and Corporate polls are sponsoring Rove's decision loud and clear. That, Mr. Cain, is what we in the middle class call REAL brainwashing.

    October 11, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Anthony

    His 9-9-9 plan would give a massive tax break to the rich. Since he claims that it would not decrease tax revenue, we know where the extra revenue would come from: people who are not rich. Cain should be a vice president of a Wall Street bank, instead of the Vice President of the United States.

    October 11, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. G

    Herman Cain is a joke.

    October 11, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, I guess the better question is: who would he not be #2 for? Would he be second fiddle to Romney or Bachmann? I have a feeling he isn't on the list of anyone.

    October 11, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Harry Baxter

    Sorry, but that would be a little to close to the Presidency for me. However, if he was VP serving under Perry or Bachmann, he might be acceptable as a potential improvement.

    October 11, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    this really would not surpise me one bit. The Republicans did this in 2008 with Sarah Palin and it didn't work. Had the Democratic nominee been Hillary Clinton, odds are Palin would still be a little known gov. from Alaska. Thing is this time though Herman Cain is not going to get much of the Black vote because he doesn't really relate to the community he left years ago. I don't think African-Americans will be "brainwashed" to vote for the GOP just because Cain would be on the ticket.

    October 11, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Ernie

    This is the way the nomination is going to go, Romeny is going to win the nominaton and if he doesn't select Herman Cain as his runing mate the Rupublicians will "lose". With Herman Cain as the Vice President select this will take a lot of the black vote away from Obama the black vote is what got Obama elected in 2008. The Obama administration knows this. This is a no brainer. If Romeny were to do something stupid and pick someone else he might as well give his speech showing defeat now. Herman Cain is the only game in town right now to be Vice President. Hey don't blow it.

    October 11, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. DA

    Hummm....looks like the GOP may try to pull something that McCain did with Palin during his campaign. I really hope they are not going to try it....I mean didn't work the last time what makes them think this time?

    October 11, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ernie, you are kidding right? Herman Cain is the only game for repub VP? Herb appears to have surpassed the man of many Mittens, and is poised to run the table in the south.

    October 11, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. vet in texas

    Herman Cain will get about as much as the black vote that "didn't" vote for Obama in 08'. The only chance Cain has of seeing the whitehouse if he becomes part of a championship team, matter of fact, he should join the Rangers staff, and he will definitely be able to see the inside then.

    October 11, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    No candidate in modern history, has ever selected another candidate, as their VP.

    Not likely to happen now, either.

    October 11, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Mike In Carolina

    Cain is no fool and knows that the GOP is not going to allow choice of 2 black men for the POTUS i.e. him against Obama. They would let him be number 2 on their ticket in order to counter claims of racism, attract black voter support and possibly dimenish his zeal for wanting to run in 2016 so as not to have to deal with him as a top contender then.

    October 11, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Ernie wrote:
    With Herman Cain as the Vice President selection, this will take a lot of the black vote away from Obama, the black vote is what got Obama elected in 2008. The Obama administration knows this. This is a no brainer.
    One false premise after another, after another, after another.

    The black electorate only makes up 15% of the total US electorate. Obama won over 50% of the popular vote. Either a whole lot of non-black folks didn't show up to vote, or a whole bunch of non-black voters showed up and voted for Obama.

    I think that selecting Herman Cain as the VP running mate is going to be laughable to liberals. Cain would be just as inept on foreign policy as Sarah Palin. Liberals would see that strategy as being just as transparent, too. I mean, even you figured it out. It is not about blacks not agreeing with conservatism. In fact, you will find a far higher percentage of black voters who are social and fiscal conservatives than you will among white voters.

    The Obama administration already knows this about black voters. Unfortunately, it is the closed minded who do not see the facts as reality presents it. The right wing sees what it wants to see, and shapes reality to fit what they do not like.

    October 11, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:
    No candidate in modern history, has ever selected another candidate, as their VP.
    You really need to check your facts and bone up by studying some history. George H W Bush ran an unsuccesful campaign in 1980. Joe Biden ran an unsuccesful campaign in 2008.

    October 11, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    "[But] if we have the right nominee and it's not me, I'd consider it."
    Spoken like a true sophmore. Isn't he supposed to say that he is the *only* right nominee?
    Actually, No. What you see from Herman Cain is 100% straight talk. He knows that there are several well-qualified candidates for the Republican nomination and that the process of nomination determines who the people want. I am more impressed every day that this guy is genuine, honest and a straight shooter. It is refreshing after watching all of the curve balls and political games Obama is all about.

    October 11, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |