On Gingrich, Cain jumps ship for Romney
April 17th, 2012
01:35 PM ET
11 years ago

On Gingrich, Cain jumps ship for Romney

(CNN) - Once the dynamic duo, Herman Cain has dropped his support for Newt Gingrich, saying on Monday it was time for the GOP presidential candidate to abandon his quest for more delegates.

"To Newt Gingrich I would say, 'Speaker Gingrich, with all due respect, let's get on with this, OK?'" the former White House hopeful said in a radio interview with WMAL in Washington.

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He added: "I even endorsed Newt Gingrich at one point because I thought he had a shot. Well, not now. He doesn't have a shot."

He now says he will support the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Cain announced his official support for Gingrich January 28, nearly two months after suspending his campaign. At the time, Gingrich had surged ahead in the GOP horse race after winning the South Carolina primary, but was facing a bitter fight against Romney ahead of Florida's contest.

At an event announcing his endorsement in the Sunshine State, Cain said he was backing Gingrich because the former speaker's policies most closely lined up with his own.

"Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas, and I also know that Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder. I know what this sausage grinder is all about. I know that he is going through this sausage grinder because he cares about the future of the United States of America," Cain said in January.

Days later, Gingrich came in second place to Romney in Florida, marking a turning point in the former speaker's campaign that took him back down in the polls.

On Monday, Cain said Gingrich has yet to regain ground in the race and expressed he was ready to stand with another one of his former rivals and the all-but-certain Republican nominee.

"With all the criticism that other opponents during the Republican primary have thrown at him, (Romney) is still better than Barack Obama," Cain said. "So I will still support Mitt Romney."

Gingrich, meanwhile, has repeatedly maintained he'll stay in the race until Romney clinches the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. DRod

    HISPANICS for Obama 2012 and don't let the Republicans think otherwise.

    April 17, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @WiredweirdinSF – And we still have the unreported (at least in the liberal mainstream media) of Debby Wasserman Schultz shrilly hounding Romeny to release his tax return, but refusing to release her own. Very flagrant democrat liberal hypocrisy, aided and abetted by the liberally biased mainstream media.
    OMG!! How many times do you need to post this? At least 6 times I've read it today. Word .. Debbie is NOT running for President, or a party nomination. If you don't like that she hasn't released her tax returns, go tell her. We don't care. We care about potential presidential candidates returns. Capice?

    April 17, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. DRod

    What do Gingrich, Cain, Palin, Perry, Backmann, Santorum, and soon to join them Romney have in common besides being Republicans Clowns? They're all losers.

    April 17, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. mdn

    Support the rich white man who will eventually repay the favor.

    April 17, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    Just stating the obvious at this point. Newt's been out of the race for a while. He needs to start rowing the Romney boat at this point. His sunk long time ago.

    April 17, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. mqira

    People need to look passed the parties....whether you are a repub....or a dummy.....
    Look at the person.....look at voting records......The parties are both the same....controlled by the corporate elite.....Do you think Obama changed his mind,....it was changed for him.....or he would end up like JFK!!!
    Only one person who cannot be bought.......RP ALL THE WAY!

    April 17, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. DRod

    Rudy NYC- Sorry but it appears you are the only one that didn't get the memo....The only thing Gingrich cares about is Gingrich. Another Republican clown that's no longer relevent. Don't worry it will be over in November when Obama wins the election.

    April 17, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. BLKMANinAmerica

    LMAO.............."Speaker Gingrich-because he cares about the future of the U.S. of America".................right, it's more like he only cares about his own, def NOT about America. No repuk "cares about America".

    April 17, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    The new GOBP message:

    Lets stop fighting with each other and get on with our War on America!

    April 17, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. judy

    reluctantly all the repos are getting in line. The koch bros have ordered it. They have all made money on their books so now all are happy. Now all the hate and insults can be directed at the current president like so many that post do. Why would Wasserman have to release her taxes. Unbelieveably stupid comment.? Obama 2012 Move forward. Not flip flop

    April 17, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. madmaninthemiddle

    Oh please Mitt, don't leave the station until I get on board. Remember, I backed you before it was officially over. Just waited until it was 99.9%

    April 17, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. V in Chicago

    When President Obama wins re-election in November, Herman Cain will then come out and endorse him. Seems like he's endorsed everyone on the Republican ticket so far (even himself). I can't imgaine he would pass up an opportunity to get his name in the news again – so it will be President Obama that he endorses next.

    Mr. Cain – We don't care who you endorse. We don't care about you, your phony campaign or your endorsements. You are irrelevant and it's about time you wake up and realize it. Take your buddy Newt to realization camp with you. Seems he lives in a wonderland too!

    April 17, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. aalisa31

    I don't believe in getting behind a nominee because of the party.... If I do not agree with them.. I just don't...

    April 17, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. ja

    to cain i say stfu, go home stay home,999

    April 17, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Beverly - NYC

    Newt has bold ideas, and Mitt ain't Barack, yeah another ringing endorsement. Thanks Mr 999, go back to your SIMS game.

    April 17, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    Maybe he wants some quality time with Callista....

    April 17, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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