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Herman Cain Campaign Suspension Announcement Speech (Transcript) December 3, 2011
Blog.4president.org ^ | December 3, 2011 | Herman Cain

Posted on 12/05/2011 8:11:11 AM PST by ConservativeStLouisGuy

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: Thank you, my friends. Well, you all are great.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love y'all, too.

CROWD: Gloria, Gloria, Gloria, Gloria!

CAIN: Well, let me first say that as usual, the Cain supporters are not warm weather supporters. And I can't thank all of you enough for what you've done, how far we have come, and the things that we have done, the things that we have been able to achieve.

You know, I chose to run for president because the politicians in Washington, D.C. wouldn't do their jobs. That's why I chose to run. They have failed to provide economic growth. They have failed to get spending under control. They have failed to make us less dependent on foreign oil. These are some of the reasons that inspired me to run for president.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: And if you look -- if you look at the last 40 years, we've seen that same kind of failure. It's just that the mess has just gotten bigger. You are frustrated, I was frustrated, millions of other people were frustrated. And it was out of that frustration that I made the decision to run, because the people in Washington, D.C. are either playing the blame game or pointing fingers or throwing crumbs to the American people rather than bold solutions to fix the problems. America deserves more than that.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: And since the politicians have continued to fail, I decided to run for president and you all responded as you are responding now, and I thank you and I am honored by the deep support of so many people across this country, because it expresses the frustration of so many people across this country.

Now, when I made the decision to run, I didn't fit the usual description of somebody that ought to be running for president.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: I had never held public office before.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: I didn't have high-name ID.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: But right now my name is probably 99.9.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: And I didn't have a kajillion dollars.

Because what we learned is that the voice of the people is more powerful than the voice of the media.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

CAIN: And secondly, we have learned that message is more powerful than money.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: And you know, we approved something else.

You see I grew up in a world of segregated water fountains. My father was a chauffeur. My mother was a maid. We showed that you didn't have to have a degree from Harvard in order to run for president.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: We showed that you didn't have to have a political pedigree to run for president.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: And one of the biggest things that we have shown is that we, the people, are still in charge of this country.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: So today we are one month away from the Iowa Caucuses. With over 300 million Americans in our nation, we stand here, I stand here, because of you.

And if you look at the top three Republican candidates right now and you consider the president and the White House, we can say, I'm in the final four.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: We're in the final four.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: And when you think of where I came from on Pelham Street and Fifth Ward right here in Atlanta and now to be in the final four for the presidency, this is a great nation.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

CAIN: That's why this nation is so great.

And I'll tell you what, it's a powerful and humbling position to be in. Proving this, that we can do this, was one of the greatest things, one of the greatest gifts that you and I could give to this country.

I've often said one of America's greatest strengths is its ability to change. We have created some significant change on this journey so far. I am proof of that, and you are proof of that.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: Because I am proof that a common man could lead this nation, because I consider myself one of you, not one of the political elites. I'm one of you.

Our nation is tired of hearing the politicians blame each other. It's time for solutions. But as false accusations about me continue, they have sidetracked and distracted my ability to present solutions to the American people.

Now, I have made many mistakes in life. Everybody has. I've made mistakes professionally, personally, as a candidate in terms of how I run my campaign, and I take responsibility for the mistakes that I've made. And I have been the very first to own up to any mistakes that I have made, even if the political elites don't think I handle it exactly the way the political elites handle it. I handle it my way because that's the type of person that I am.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: But because of these false and unproved accusations, it has pained and had a tremendous painful price on my family. These false and unproved allegations continue to be spinned in the media and in the court of public opinion so as to create a cloud of doubt over me and this campaign and my family. That spin hurts. It hurts my wife, it hurts my family, it hurts me, and it hurts the American people because you are being denied solutions to our problems.

(APPLAUSE)

CROWD: Herman! Herman! Herman! Herman! Herman! Herman! Herman!

CAIN: Now --

CROWD: Herman! Herman!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We love you!

CAIN: Now here is why it hurts, because my wife, my family, and I, we know that those false and unproved allegations are not true.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: So one of the first declarations that I want to make to you today is that I am at peace with my god.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: I am at peace with my wife.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: And she is at peace with me.

CROWD: Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! Gloria!

CAIN: And I am at peace with my family and I'm at peace with myself, which is one of the most important things.

Now, that being said, becoming president was Plan A. And before you get discouraged, today I want to describe Plan B.

So as of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign. I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family, not because we are not fighters, not because I'm not a fighter. It's just that when I went through this reassessment of the impact on my family first, the impact on you, my supporters, your support has been unwavering and undying, as well as the impact on the ability to continue to raise the necessary funds to be competitive, we had to come to this conclusion. But we had to come to this conclusion that it would be best to suspend this campaign.

That's the bad news. Here is the good news. The pundits would like for me to shut up, drop out, and go away. Well as my grandmother who lived to be 104 years old used to say, when somebody was dead wrong, bless their little hearts.

(LAUGHTER)

CAIN: I am not going to be silenced, and I'm not going away.

(APPLAUSE)

CAIN: And therefore, as of today, Plan B. Plan B. And I call it thecainsolutions.com, and let me explain why.

You see, there are three audiences out there, folks, that we have dealt with, that I have had to deal with. There's the media class, there's the political class, and there's we, the people. It is we, the people, that got us to this point this far. It is we, the people, that wants change in Washington, D.C. It is we, the people, that are responsible for this massive movement that's going on across this country.

I call it the citizens movement, the Tea Party movement, the conservative movement. It is a movement by we, the people, that are going to insist on change in the United States of America. And Plan B is that I will continue to be a voice for the people.

That's why today we are launching thecainsolutions.com where the people will choose, not the media, not the politicians, and the people will show that the people are still in charge of this country.

Through this new organization, I will still be promoting the biggest change and transfer of power out of Washington D.C. back to the people since this nation began, and that is the 9-9-9 plan. It's not going away. I will still be actively supporting and promoting a foreign policy that starts with peace through strength and clarity. I will still be promoting actively an energy independence plan for America. We can and we will become energy independent.

Now, I know that many of you are disappointed. I understand that. I know that many of you all are disappointed and I certainly understand that. And I am disappointed that it came to this point that we had to make this decision.

One of the reasons that I ran for president of the United States was such that I could change Washington, D.C. from the inside. Plan B is that we are going to have to change it from the outside. It will take a little longer, we're going to have to work a little harder, but we will change it from the outside. One other thing. I will be making an endorsement in the near future. I will be making an endorsement. And I can tell you right now, it will not be the current occupant of the White House. That will not be my endorsement.

America has learned something about this process of running for president. It's a dirty game. It's a dirty, dirty game. But I happen to believe that the American people are sick of this mess. And if I'm not the outsider to get there, I happen to believe that the day will come when the American people will reject all of the distractions, all the false accusations and unproved accusations, and it will make a change because that's what we've got to do to get real change in this country and get it on the right track.

And as I think about my parents, who raised my brother and I right here in the Atlanta area, and they taught us three very valuable lessons that you share -- belief in god, belief in ourselves, and belief in the greatest country in the world, the United States of America.

And even though I have had to suspend my campaign, I have not given up on America. I have not given up on the United States of America, and here is why. Look at our history, when we have been challenged the most, it is when we, the people, have risen to the occasion the most. And I happen to believe we will do it again because we, the people, are still in charge of this country.

Let me leave you with this. I believe these words came from the "Pokeman" movie -- the media pointed that out. I'm not sure who the original author is, so don't go write an article about the poem. But it says a lot about where I am, where I am with my wife and my family, and where we are as a nation.

Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It's never easy when there's so much on the line, but you and I can make a difference. There's a mission just for you and me. Just look inside and you will find just what you can do. Just look inside, and you will find just what you can do.

I've had to look inside to find what I can do, and here is what I can do. Here is what we can do. We can put "united" back into the United States of America and move the shining city on a hill back to the top of the hilltop where it belongs. And I will never apologize for the greatness of the United States of America.

God bless you. I love you, and thank you.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 2011; cain; cainannoucement; suspension; transcript
According to a recent Drudge Report posting (earlier this morning), it appears that Herman Cain will endorse Newt Gingrigh.....
1 posted on 12/05/2011 8:11:21 AM PST by ConservativeStLouisGuy
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To: ConservativeStLouisGuy

Never mind the american people, you should have thought of your wife 13 years ago. Nuff said.


2 posted on 12/05/2011 8:17:07 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: ConservativeStLouisGuy

Not endorsing Gingrich today according to this - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2816254/posts

Why make that statement when the campaign’s denial is right there under breaking news?


3 posted on 12/05/2011 8:17:43 AM PST by justsaynomore
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To: Sacajaweau

Sacajaweau

Herman denied the affair ever took place....innocent till proven guilty so your comment is out of line...


4 posted on 12/05/2011 8:49:04 AM PST by polishprince
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To: ConservativeStLouisGuy

I sensed in watching Mr. Cain speak, after the FOX bimbos and friends flayed him nonstop for what seemed to be hours, that he was speaking under duress. Perhaps some of his death threats had something to do with that.

The qustion is, just where did those those threats come?


5 posted on 12/05/2011 8:49:09 AM PST by Paperdoll (on the cutting edge)
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To: polishprince

He really didn’t deny it...just forgot to tell his wife....and there’s only one reason that you don’t tell your wife....


6 posted on 12/05/2011 8:51:53 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Never mind the facts when you can continue to hysterically lie about Cain

He knew the woman for 13 years. He helped here the last 60 days.

But then you smear bot scum have never bothered with the facts before so why should we expect you to start now.


7 posted on 12/05/2011 8:58:58 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Sacajaweau

Never mind the facts when you can continue to hysterically lie about Cain

He knew the woman for 13 years. He helped her the last 60 days with a thousand dollars in back rent

But then you smear bot scum have never bothered with the facts before so why should we expect you to start now.


8 posted on 12/05/2011 8:59:50 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Sacajaweau

Nice try but again you merely demonstrate your hysteric bigoted ignorance with your post.

Really sick and sad that you Perrybots are STILL are racing around here lying about Cain.


9 posted on 12/05/2011 9:01:28 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Sacajaweau
You are a prime example of why Rick Perry will never be President.

When a GOP campaign routinely engages in your sort of slanderous slime bag attacks, GOP voters go "hmmm just what are these scum trying to hide"

10 posted on 12/05/2011 9:03:50 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: justsaynomore
I must admit that Drudge is my homepage -- and that I actually went to FR AFTER posting this transcript. My bad. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.

FReegards.....
11 posted on 12/05/2011 9:06:49 AM PST by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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To: Sacajaweau

Your point is well taken. The memory of the Clarence Thomas hearings are still fresh in my mind (from years ago). It was a “he said, she said” thing. Some pretty outlandish accusations were also made against Clarence Thomas at that time too, none of which could be corroborated. Such is the case with this current Cain “controversy”. Ultimately God knows one’s heart — and who is telling the truth.


12 posted on 12/05/2011 9:10:20 AM PST by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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To: Sacajaweau
Never mind the american people, you should have thought of your wife 13 years ago. Nuff said.

Wow. Here you are repeating tha unsubstantiated rumor. 'Nuff said, indeed.

13 posted on 12/05/2011 9:21:01 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: polishprince; Sacajaweau
innocent till proven guilty so your comment is out of line...

Try using logic instead of cliches.

Mr. Cain has done what he's done and said what he's said. Each of us choose whether to support him based on our assessment of whether he is being honest. No one is obliged to assume that any politician is telling the truth.

14 posted on 12/05/2011 10:27:57 AM PST by rogue yam
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To: MNJohnnie; Sacajaweau

Sacajaweau has not lied about Mr. Cain on this thread, even less lied “hysterically”.

It is one thing to support Mr. Cain and to be disappointed that he chose to withdraw his candidacy.

It is quite another to attack fellow FReepers because they have a different opinion than you do.


15 posted on 12/05/2011 10:34:08 AM PST by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

“It is one thing to support Mr. Cain and to be disappointed that he chose to withdraw his candidacy.”

Cain did not withdraw his candidacy. He suspended his candidacy. Big difference. I have a feeling that once a thorough investigation of the sources of the slurs is done, he may come back strong.

He did say prior to the suspension that he had people involved in investigating the accusations.

I would love to see him come back roaring.

Restore
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16 posted on 12/05/2011 11:30:31 AM PST by Yulee (Village of Albion)
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To: Yulee
I agree with your thoughts. "Suspension" can mean many things, but (in my mind too) it doesn't NECESSARILY mean "end" (a campaign). A Gingrich/Cain ORCain/Gingrich ticket would suit me fine. (Although either a Bachmann or Santorum as the nominee would also be suitable for me too.)
17 posted on 12/05/2011 11:54:07 AM PST by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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To: Yulee

Mr. Cain’s candidacy is finished.

He says that it is because 100% untrue charges are causing unacceptable grief to his family.

I don’t buy this.

I think the overwhelming likelihood is that there is at least some truth to Ms. White’s charges.

Mr. Cain was already struggling before Ms. White went public. When he made his announcement on Saturday I was watching live and hoping that he’d stay in and fight back. He did not. Based on what I saw, I believe that Mr. Cain thinks that his association with Ms. White (when added to his other shortcomings as a candidate) renders him unelectable.


18 posted on 12/05/2011 12:16:48 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: ConservativeStLouisGuy

Mr. Cain was all but finished Saturday morning before his announcement.

It would have been very difficult for him to come roaring back off of the ropes and get back into the fight.

Instead he threw in the towel.

He is done and it is by his own choosing.

It’s time to move on.


19 posted on 12/05/2011 12:20:49 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

Rogue,
Sorry but I was using logic....sacajaweau intimated in their post that Cain was unfaithful to his wife.... Logic would dictate that the cliche I used was correct. He IS innocent till he is proven guilt. He has denied the affair took place, called them false accusations etc... So therefore logic dictates again that he has declared his innocence.
Either way he is currently out of the hunt so I have to decide whom to throw my support to But one thing is for sure. Until Cain says that he did have an affair with White or harrassed any of the other accusers HE IS INNOCENT-—LOGICALLY


20 posted on 12/05/2011 4:05:34 PM PST by polishprince
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To: ConservativeStLouisGuy

Yulee,
I would love to see him come back strong as well once things have been shown to be false. I would love to see him sue his accusers for libel and defamation


21 posted on 12/05/2011 4:06:09 PM PST by polishprince
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To: ConservativeStLouisGuy

Yulee,
I would love to see him come back strong as well once things have been shown to be false. I would love to see him sue his accusers for libel and defamation


22 posted on 12/05/2011 4:09:23 PM PST by polishprince
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