What does ‘suspending’ mean?
December 3rd, 2011
03:07 PM ET
11 years ago

What does ‘suspending’ mean?

(CNN) –- With news Saturday that Herman Cain is suspending his bid for the 2012 GOP nomination, many are wondering what the move means for his future.

Federal law doesn’t have a specific definition for “suspending” a political campaign, meaning Cain is still legally considered a candidate.

Because he did not officially drop out of the race, Cain will still be allowed to raise and spend campaign funds as if he were still seeking the nomination.

If he had told supporters Saturday he was ending his bid for the White House, Cain would have been permitted only to raise funds to retire debts accrued on the campaign trail.

Cain will still be required to file financial disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission at the end of each fund-raising quarter.

–CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. BJ

    What does "suspending" mean? It means: "I'm going to stop going to debates and quit driving around talking to people so that everyone thinks I am out of the race, but I can still raise money so that just before the end, I can jump back in and hope no one remembers that I am a scoundrel!"

    December 3, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. irv

    "suspending" means it's over herman. go back to making pizzas. you were good at that, but not as a politician.

    December 3, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Commentator

    good riddance

    December 3, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. JRH

    So what you're saying is, he wants to grub as much money from the dopes who still support him as he can get. As if he doesn't have enough already (being part of the 1% as he is...). How typical.

    December 3, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Dan Simmons

    What we have here is a way to continue to rake in money without owning what he has done to these women. What a noble party the repubs. have become!

    December 3, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. David

    He is trying to hold out until January so he can get matching funds from the Federal Government, Get it? He's going to get the tax-payer to pay for his fake run for the presidency.

    December 3, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Ann

    Suspending means that he cracked under pressure and is incapable of handling the most fundamental tasks as a President, like a Barack Hussein Obama.

    December 3, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Rob

    Does the Secret Service "suspend" their protection of Cain or are the taxpayers on the hook for that from now till November 2012?

    December 3, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. BWV208

    Hopefully we are RID of our homegrown IDI AMIN. GOOD RIDDANCE to a tyrannically minded LIAR.

    December 3, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. BobWhalen

    He will be back that's what it means.

    December 3, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Darryl Propes

    Too bad the people who are representing the Republican Party are destroying the middle class and kicking the poor that are already down. Herman Cain should be ashamed of himself for the Lies and the Decete to his Family and this Country he calls The United States. He is certainly not United at home with his wife or his family!

    December 3, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Michael

    Oh Mr. Cain. Your ego is cashing checks your campaign cant cover. I felt so bad for you wife having to sit there and smile while you lie about your affairs.

    December 3, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. NoTags

    Anyone who continues to contribute to Hermies campaign needs to have their head examined.

    December 3, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Obama4ever2013

    Well i just wonder if he told Ginger White not to blame the government if she didn't have a job or a big house or money...well we clearly know the answer to that she had nothing to worry about for the last 13 years...what a fake and a joke arrogance gets you nothing but egg on your face Hermie...... What a loser I didn't respect for him before I really don't now....!,,,,

    December 3, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. pris

    Ah, I wondered about his campaign funds when he used the word "suspend" instead of ending his candidacy. I haven't learned all I need to about how this all works, but I can see the loopholes in allowing for ways to keep that money for themselves given to them from donors. And we wonder why many Politicians are called crooks.

    December 3, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. AntiPalinAlaskan

    So, basically, he wants to find out if anyone will be stupid enough to KEEP giving him money.

    December 3, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Observer

    "Suspended" means "stalling to try to find a way to weasel out of the mess I got himself into".

    December 3, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Darryl Propes

    Can't we stop giving people like Herman Cain, Bacchman,Perry, and Palin the Platform for the world to see how these people think and why The Most Powerful counrty in the world would even think about putting them as Comander and Chief, The President of the United States ? It doesn't make us look good to the rest of the world when they see this going on here. I hope CNN is done with Mr. Cain..............................

    December 3, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. vintage274

    So in other words, he can be Sarah Palin and benefit financially from a non-run.

    December 3, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Joe Mahma


    It means he doesn't want to say "quitting."


    December 3, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. America's Young People

    What effect does suspension have on his eligibility to have a US Secret Service protection? I don't think we should have to pay for a detail for a private citizen with no political ambitions in a threat environment that already has stretched the service thin on its basic protection of statutory principals (i.e. POTUS, VPOTUS, etc.).

    December 3, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Jennifer Wheeler

    Those who are qualified for being the leader of the free world are also those who remove their sunglasses when making political announcements.

    December 3, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Drew

    I hope in the case of Mr Cain it means that he will insist that these accusers come up with some proof of their accusations. If they do, then his campaign is done. If they can't then I hope he moves forward. I'm not necessarily a Cain supporter, I haven't decided who I want to support as the GOP nominee. But it's a shame that people can make accusations, with no proof in hand and ruin a man's chance at the Presidency.

    December 3, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. MikeyZ

    He's "suspending" his campaign because he doesn't have the balls to admit that it's over.

    December 3, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Godfather

    Get this lowlife out of the campaign.

    December 3, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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