Cain names endorsement date, handicaps race
January 6th, 2012
06:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Cain names endorsement date, handicaps race

(CNN) - Herman Cain said Friday he would publicly endorse in the presidential campaign two days before South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary.

The one-time presidential hopeful said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" that he has "no regrets" about dropping from the field and would name his "unconventional" endorsement on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

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"Now, please underscore unconventional because I've been an unconventional candidate, I've had bold ideas," he said, adding he expected voters would think it "creative."

Cain may have offered some insight when asked by Blitzer to offer thoughts on each of his one-time rivals.

Asked about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Cain had only positive things to say: "Obviously, he's very seasoned, good in the debate situation, and I think he would be a good president."

But for the others, he had a mix of praise, and critique.

"The guy with the most creative ideas for addressing our problems, but you not only have to have great ideas to how we address our problem, but you've also got to project the leadership necessary in order to get them done," he said of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

He said Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are not "ready for prime time," though Perry is a "good governor" and Santorum is "a solid politician."

Texas Rep. Ron Paul goes beyond "bold" and is "extreme," he said, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is not "getting any traction with the voters."

The former Godfather's Pizza executive dropped his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in early December after battling allegations of past sexual harassment. He announced earlier this week a bus tour promoting his 9-9-9 tax plan, a cornerstone of his campaign platform.

The South Carolina primary is Saturday January 21.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

Also see:

Huntsman hits Romney ahead of N.H. primary

Boston Globe backs Huntsman

FIRST ON CNN: Santorum to make large ad buy in South Carolina

Santorum tangles with Gingrich, same-sex marriage supporters

McCain courting former South Carolina backers for Romney

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • South Carolina
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Republican who supports President Obama

    ...and why should we care? The man has no integrity and does not know some of the basis of being Presidential. Just another attempt to stay in the spotlight a little longer.


    January 6, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    OK, can everybody just please leave when you drop out of the race??? The people still running would prefer the spotlight. I just wish the MSM would ignore these types of announcements and focus on more important events.

    January 6, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Greg in Arkansas

    Palin..?? or Bachman???..........he can't decide......needs 13 more days to choose...

    January 6, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. liberal GI

    why would any of the candidates care? Herman was just a token anyway.

    January 6, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Thomas

    I'm still waiting on my Pizza delivery !

    999 with extra cheese .

    January 6, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. liberal GI

    and the sleaze continues... another phony family values candidate who pimps christianity to make a few bucks

    January 6, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. George

    If anything, Cain's endorsement is a negative.

    January 6, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    You can tell when a person misses being in the limelight. Who cares who Herman Cain endorses? Unless he's going to come out and endorse Obama it's not really interesting.

    January 6, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Will

    Whoever Cain decides to endorse will suffer and not go far. Cain is not professional, and he is disrespectful to women. He called a grown woman "Princess". Showing blatant disrespect only backs up the allegation that the other women brought to light. He calls them "baseless" simply because they didn't have physical proof, but by him calling Nancy Pelosi "Princess" just goes to show much he belittles women, and that's enough BASE for the allegations. Whoever is endorsed by Cain will be guaranteed to lose.

    January 6, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Does he have another book to sell already? Koch/Cain sure love bragging. The Man is an idiot. Pok-e-mon, my butt.

    January 6, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. rs

    Watch the GOP/TP run and hide from this one....

    January 6, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Will

    Who would want this adulterous lech's endorsement?

    January 6, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. liberal GI

    why do black conservatives pander to racists like the GOP? they use black conservatives to beat up on blacks publicly because they know if whites did it, they would be called bigots. so they use black consrvatives to do their dirty work for them. Cain is just another black conservative that got used and now hes trying to stay in the media spotlight because his usefulness to the bigots is over.

    January 6, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    ...and which candidate WANTS this endorsement? The smart one will disavow any agreement with Cain on anything in the hopes it will upset Herm enough to not endorse

    January 6, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. liberal GI

    hey HERMIE, hows life on the republican plantation? lol

    January 6, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Mikey

    Just like Sarah Palin before him, a pathetic cry for attention. Some people just don't know when their 15 minutes are up.

    January 6, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Unconventional

    Unconventional, eh?

    Seeing how the guy maintaining hermancainforums endorsed Ron Paul, maybe the Hermanater is planning on endorsing Dr. Paul as well.

    January 6, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. scmom

    Mrs. Cain, please keep your husband in the house under lock and key. He's lost his mind and he really shouldn't be wondering around without his medicine.

    January 6, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Larry L

    Be respectful of our future Secretary of Defense. He'll have those cruise missiles delivered within thirty minutes or they're free!

    January 6, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Curt

    Please CNN, don't make the same mistake you made ( and still do ) with Sarah Palin and Donald Trump. The majority of people don't care what Palin, Cain or Trump have to say. Stop giving these people a platform.

    January 6, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. cigarman

    I will feel sorry for the Republican who gets Cains endorsement, just like I feel sorry for Romney since McCain has jumped on his band wagon. NONE of the candidates are Presidential material. I dont like a lot of things Obama is doing, but Obama is at least somewhat for keeping the middle class intact. Remember, the Republicans are not lying to you when they say, get rid of Social Security, get rid of Medicare, get rid of Medicaid, get rid of Unions, get rid of Healthcare and anything else that might help the middle class. Reduce taxes on the rich, RAISE taxes on the poor and the middle class. If anyone votes for any Republican in the next Presidential election, they need to have there head examined. Vote Republican, become a thrid World Country.

    January 6, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Joi Gibson

    Who cares? He is a female Palin – simply must be in the limelight. You had your time, you blew it, now go away.

    January 6, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Get Real

    He'll probably endorse Newt as both are reprobates.

    January 6, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Joi Gibson

    Opps, meant a male Palin.

    January 6, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Ken in MD

    why does anyone care?

    January 6, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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