Candidates react to Cain campaign suspension
December 3rd, 2011
02:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Candidates react to Cain campaign suspension

(CNN) - Candidates competing for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination are weighing in on Saturday's news that Herman Cain is suspending his presidential bid.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann

"Herman Cain provided an important voice to this process. His ideas and energy generated tremendous enthusiasm for the conservative movement at a time it was so desperately needed to restore confidence in our country. I wish Herman, his wife Gloria, and his family all the best."

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman

"Herman Cain offered a unique and valuable voice to the debate over how to reform our country's uncompetitive tax code and turn around the economy. I understand his decision and wish him and his family the best."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

“Herman Cain’s 999 plan got our country talking about the critical issue of how to reform our tax code and he elevated the dialogue of the Republican presidential primary in the process. I am proud to know Herman Cain and consider him a friend. I know from having worked with him for more than a decade he will continue to be a powerful voice in the conservative movement for years to come.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

"I know this was a difficult decision for Herman Cain, his family and his supporters. He helped invigorate conservative voters and our nation with a discussion of major tax reform. Anita and I wish him and his entire family all the best."

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Nadeem

    I continue to be amazed at how the Republican party cannot seem to find a competent nominee this time around, we are stuck with retreads like Gingrich and Romney. When a new voice like Cain appears they turn out to be deeply flawed. Is there no one who can excite the base...

    December 3, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. AM:Hate Radio Inc.

    Herman Cain was used by Koch Industries, Roger Ailes, The Republican National Committee, To Project The Republian Party As An "All Inclusive Party" Knowing Full Well, This Is Not, Nor Has It Ever Been The Case..

    Fox News Makes it's Living Off Of, Disparaging The Afro-American Community, The Latino Community & Staunchly Opposed To illegal Immigrants, Especially From [Mexico] Being I America.

    So Herman Cain's Job Was To Pull Enough Afro-Americans From The Democratic Party [Failed] Now Its Phase 2 Use Marco Rubio To Be The Latino Face To Draw Latin American Voters To The Republican Party

    Their Hardly Sincere in This Goal. Its Just For Their [Latino Communities-Votes]

    December 3, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |

    The dirty trick radical extremists in the GOP got rid of Herman Cain today by destroying his family. They will do anything for power. Newt better be ready because he is next.

    December 3, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Gregintexas

    We are down to just one serial aldulterer now. It is a good start.... Huntsman is the only rational choice if the GOP actually wants to beat Obama....

    December 3, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Kevin Sherman

    Ron Paul's response – "Good riddance!"

    All these politican's responses are hilarious.

    December 3, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Vosky

    What a hypocritical world we live in!

    December 3, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. mtta

    Newt worked with Herman Cain for more than a decade? As a fellow lobbyist?

    December 3, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. GeorgeBfromOhio

    The man obviously knew very little about our political system or foriegn affairs (although he was quite adept at "domestic affairs") just a motivational speaker who made money from giving speeches and liked to do women where ever and when ever ... he's a disgrace, but I suppose he'll come out with a book with some kooky conspiracy theory on how his campaign was derailed. Good riddance sir.

    December 3, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. darkyam

    I find it hilarious that Newt Gingrich says he's proud of him. "From one cheater to another, good job, man!"

    December 3, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Preacherguy

    Has anyone noticed that not one of these candidates is really talking about the economy anymore? We are hearing about scandles, and so-called "tax reform" plans, but they are "strangely" silent on issues like JOBS and corporate ethics. So far, I have yet to hear any of them who come within a mile of being qualified for the office of POTUS.

    December 3, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. kwame G

    i guess the harm and the damage to the herminators presidential ambitions have reached beyond repair

    December 3, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Charles

    Yeah, yeah. Nobody cares what these "shuffle-through" candidates think. What does Ron Paul think?

    I think Herman Cain should have removed himself from the campaign, but not because of these misconduct allegations. Far more disturbing to me were his ties to the Federal Reserve.

    December 3, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. BlackManAgainstTheAdulterer

    Please "Gop Field", you don't have to offer the chap crocodile tears. Just simply say "Herman Cain supporters please move to me"

    December 3, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    ridiculous to run for president with so much baggage. who cares what any of these air bags have to say?

    December 3, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Whatever

    Ron Paul had nothing to say, I guess.

    December 3, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. 345jkl

    didn't take them long to get their responses synchronized...

    December 3, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |