Cain: If Romney takes early states, game still not over
January 2nd, 2012
11:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Cain: If Romney takes early states, game still not over

(CNN) – Herman Cain said Monday Mitt Romney will still face an uphill battle for the nomination even if he wins the first two Republican presidential contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.

"It is not game over," the former GOP White House hopeful said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

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"The question we will not know until after the southern states have their primaries is whether or not Mitt Romney can break above a certain threshold that he has constantly held for many of the southern states."

Cain pointed to Romney's last bid for president in 2008. The former Massachusetts governor ended his campaign soon after Super Tuesday in early February, following losses in key early states, some of which fell in the South.

Cain's comments came just one day before the Iowa caucuses and eight days before New Hampshire's primary on January 10. While Romney holds a wide lead in New Hampshire, he finds himself statistically tied for first place with Texas Rep. Ron Paul in Iowa.

The latter half of January holds two major contests in the South: the South Carolina primary on January 21 and the Florida primary on January 31.

Cain, a businessman from Georgia, campaigned heavily in southern states before suspending his presidential bid in December amid allegations of an extramarital affair and sexual harassment when he led the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

Cain has yet to back a candidate, saying instead he'll announce his support later in an "unconventional endorsement."

The former candidate, once a frontrunner in the race, also announced plans to start a "national movement" but refrained from elaborating on what that initiative entails.

"I'm going to go from a campaign to a movement. And the only difference is these issues that I have talked about passionately, they're not going away. The solutions are not going away," he said.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    I look at him the same way I do John Edwards. I trusted John Edwards and believed in his vision. Once I saw him as the weak and dishonest person he is, I felt betrayed. I'm certain Herman Cain's followers feel the same. Men like these are all about power and greed. Fools like those of us who supported them haven't got good enough sense to see through the act. Both claim to be religious and if they are correct about the judgement day – both should start praying now...

    January 2, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Cain, a businessman from Georgia !

    Tell me , how did the talk with your wife go ?

    January 2, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  3. DJ

    Does anyone really want this guy's endorsement? Is anyone rushing to get John Edwards' endorsement? In the end he'll just announce he's "backing the one with the jugs". Whether that'll mean Bachmann or Gingrich is anyone's guess.

    January 3, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  4. Barbara Lawrence

    Republicans lost a wonderful opportunity to energize their base with the sudden departure of Herman Cain.

    Herman Cain could have won Iowa and the South if it were not for the fantastic lies spewed from attendees of the ‘Casey Anthony School of Storytelling.’

    His bold, rebellious and unconventional campaign inspired many people who do not typically vote Republican.

    He will surely be missed in these upcoming races!

    January 3, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. 100% ETHI

    CainMan, dizzyMan from GA, shut-up!
    Your time is deadly up!

    Go and watch, a movie called, "I see dead Man".
    Get some popcorn, to make sure the pipeline (popmouth) is blocked.

    Those who make things happened,
    Those who keep observe and
    Those who do nothing.

    CaveMan, pls choose the Third from above. Never come back to my Ear and my TV screen. This is my last TV.

    Dadadada..., what else I have to tell you..., oh shoot, pls get lost! Don't come back again. We all bussy.
    Or else, we will call Ambulance for you.

    January 3, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    "National movement" = keep my PAC so I can raise money from suckers for my personal use

    January 3, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  7. cyrus

    if Cain wants to beat Obama,He needs to support Romney!end of story!

    January 3, 2012 05:06 am at 5:06 am |

    Who cares about Uncle Ben Cain after the dirty tricks GOBP sent the white women to take him out of politics ?

    January 3, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The people that Romney has to worry about are Gingrich (a return), Paul (the libertarian might be able to do some distance) and Santorum if he can keep the surge in Iowa. Unless those and other and keep plugging away and win some serious amount of delegates, Romney is going to win.

    January 3, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    Herman Cain – So you're out of the "dog house" but I bet it's with "warning" and for no more than a day at a time!! Gloria has got your number and you guys had time to maybe iron out your problems. Forty-three years is a long time and you better continue to HONOR that. If it was me – your ash would have been "kicked to the curb" – maybe, I guess.

    We miss your 999 – Actually, you were funny and hopefully you will get a reality show out of all of this!!!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 3, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  11. Nancy Anderson

    CNN – PLEASE just leave this guy alone. You did the same thing with Sarah Palin and look at what a national joke she was. Just leave this guy alone and let him fade into the woodwork! No one is going to take him seriously anyhow. Just listen to his latest interview on CBS Early Show and you will understand.

    January 3, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  12. Sandy

    Get lost Cain, no one wants to hear from you!

    January 3, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  13. Publius Novus

    Herman Cain for Secretary of Pizza.

    January 3, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    I put Hermain Cain and Donald Trump in the same basket.

    January 3, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Sorensen

    Why is the old pizza man still taking up space with his corny ignorance?

    January 3, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. GOP = Greed Over People

    Cain, you are a movement, a BM and the b is not for black.

    Get off the stage, your 15 minutes are up and the primary will never make it to the deep Southern states as it never does.

    January 3, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Donkey Party

    Why is this disgrace still in the news? He's a few notches above Jerry Sandusky on the slime scale.

    January 3, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. anagram_kid

    Cain has yet to back a candidate, saying instead he'll announce his support later in an "unconventional endorsement."
    Gee, I hope it involves a parade or the Duff blimp! At the very least, ferrets dressed as hobos would really help get the attention of anyone that still considers Cain relevant. Next…

    January 3, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. Steve King

    Its cute that Herman Cain still thinks we care about his comments.

    January 3, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |