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. David

    He's "suspending" his campaign because he still wants to collect the money to fund his campaign to retire to the Bahamas.

    December 3, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Jeb

    What does it mean? It means his campaign of dumbness will continue.

    December 3, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. us1776

    Suspending means he can keep on spending those campaign contributions.


    December 3, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Rugbymom

    Does that mean he's still bound by the "John Edwards rule" that none of the money can go to his girlfriend? And why would anyone give money to a zombie campaign?

    December 3, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Oh the irony!

    God told him to suspend the campaign. 😉

    December 3, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Bill

    Why don't you just leave the man alone?

    December 3, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. AntiPalinAlaskan

    So, basically, he wants to find out if people will KEEP sending him money?

    December 3, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Chainyanker

    New definition of 'suspend': quit

    December 3, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. jim

    In other words – the scam continues.

    December 3, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. Republican

    Newt Should Drop out of the race too!!! He has had two affairs

    December 3, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    They are all human and all have skeletons in the closet. GOP and votes need to grow up and realize the God is not interested in being President of the US.

    December 3, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. DM

    They are all human and all have skeletons in the closet. Some are better at hiding their closets. The GOP and voters need to grow up and realize that God is not interested in being President of the United States.

    December 3, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Iowa

    I would never vote for Cain or Newt!!!! I could never vote for men who have cheated on there wifes...... It tells you the kind of men they are....

    December 3, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. Richard

    To suspend means to "temporarily" halt an endeavor. It's little wonder the American peoole don't trust any politicians.

    December 3, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. Terry

    Well, this guy is an idiot anyway.

    December 3, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Johnny 5

    That's all folks!

    December 3, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. California Lady

    The most obvious reason Cain is weighig his options is to try and redeem his reputation. He apparently thinks that by
    criticizing the media the stories about his activities outside of his marriage will fade away and he may have a chance to jump back in the race. So sorry Herman, we, the people, have long memories. Your speech today was sef-serving. You may fool your ego, but we ~ the people, aren't buy what you are selling...Namely, that you are a victim and the firestorm is false. Besides witnesses, there are the cell phones records. I'd suspsect that there are pictures and receipts also. Mr. Cain, be honest and admit the truth. If you lie, your life will only continue to get worse. Weatlh doesn't make you a better man ~ truth & integrity do. You seem to lack both skills in your personal & politicl life. Sad.

    December 3, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. gypsyswede

    What does ‘suspending’ mean? IT MEANS HE IS GOING TO SEE IF PEOPLE WILL FORGET.

    December 3, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Jane

    What a bunch of hypocrites these republicans are. Totally unelectable group. Good riddance!! Bring on the Democrats and Barak Obama!!! Long live 2012!!!!

    December 3, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. nathan

    It means Ill keep taking your $ and sending to my girlfriends.

    December 3, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. nobody

    What a load of crap. Herman Cain is a fraud. He is an empty $2000 dollar suit bankrupt of any personal values and a liar. Good riddance.

    December 3, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Mike in Tennessee

    So by suspending his campaign, he's effectively out of the running, but still able to raise money–and line his pockets.

    December 3, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. bobcat2u

    What he means is, Please continue to give me your money. I have no intention of going back into the race, but I have really got some major bills to pay, and that's what I'll use your money for.

    December 3, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    What a loser!!!!!

    December 3, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. KSalmanson

    It just goes to show you that he was only in it for the money and publicity. Anyone who gives him another dime is an ignorant fool.

    December 3, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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