Cain says he'd be winning
September 21st, 2012
09:52 AM ET
8 years ago

Cain says he'd be winning

(CNN) – Herman Cain, the one-time frontrunner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, offered reporters in Florida Thursday some speculation on what could have been if he had remained in the race.

According to the Gainesville Sun, Cain said he would have a "substantial lead" over President Barack Obama if he were the Republican nominee instead of Mitt Romney.

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"The reason is quite simple: I have some depth to my ideas," he said.

Cain, who suspended his own bid for the GOP presidential nomination in December amid a flurry of allegations of past sexual impropriety, backed Mitt Romney in May – his third endorsement after dropping out of the race.

In January, after teasing an "unconventional endorsement" in the GOP presidential race, Cain came out in support of "the people," saying it was the beginning of a political revolution.

Later in January, Cain announced he was endorsing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ahead of Florida's closely watched GOP primary. At the time, Cain praised Gingrich's "bold ideas" as the basis for his choice, saying Gingrich wasn't afraid to propose big ideas that would benefit the nation, even if they invited the ridicule of his rivals.

In May (as Romney secured the number of delegates required to clinch the GOP nomination), Cain held an endorsement event in Washington, D.C. for Romney.

Cain attracted attention and followers for aggressively promoting his "9-9-9" tax plan, as well as for his charismatic personality and appeal among tea party activists. He enjoyed a spike in Republican primary polls last fall, but when he dropped out of the race in December polls showed him toward the back of the pack of candidates.

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soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. lemf fields

    Whats the old saying.....I.IF ..A FROG HAD WINGS?????

    September 22, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. griffbos

    I am sure he would be, just like I am sure here in Fl, Pluto would be doing a better job in the polls than Mitt is...............

    September 22, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. vatoloke

    But what is really unbelievable but yet is true, this buffoon was the GOP front-runner until it was discovered which head he did his thinking with.

    September 22, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. llcoolj

    seriously, this counts as news?

    September 22, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. why

    Why is this news?

    September 22, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. IO

    If the Republican base can't accept Obama's skin color, they would have had as much of a problem with Cain's skin color.

    September 22, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Shante'smom

    Mikeythinks, I am with you. Jon Huntsman was the best candidate in that whole bunch. I never understood why he didn't catch on. I think it was probably that he worked directly for Pres. Obama as an Ambassador. To me his track record as Governor and a China Diplomat was very appealing. I got the feeling he wasn't right wing enough for the base to support him.

    September 22, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |

    Reply to Wise1Speak's following quote:


    Herman Cain is very much like Sarah Palin in that he cannot see what is obvious to everyone else.

    (1.) – Both are politically clueless on the national stage.
    (2.) – Both are clueless regarding foreign affairs which must be handled with great care, or else the issues can adversely impact the U.S.
    (3.) – Both are NOT ready for prime time."

    Are you SERIOUS Rhubarb?
    1) On the National stage Obama rocks
    2) So you're saying after almost 4 years of being the president and interacting foreign leaders Obama has no experience? Delusional statement
    3) Obama IS prime time. Get it right.

    September 22, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Pansi53

    Easy to say now when it is a non-issue. He's just stoking the fire but if he couldn't even get where Romney has reached...??

    September 22, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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