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Herman Cain drops out of presidential race
LA times ^ | 3 Dec 2011

Posted on 12/03/2011 11:02:40 AM PST by mandaladon

Herman Cain, the insurgent populist whose candidacy has been ensnared by allegations of sexual impropriety, said Saturday that he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination, saying that the allegations have cast a "cloud of doubt over me and this campaign."

"As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign," he said at an event in Atlanta. "I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt . . . on me, on my family, not because we are not fighters, not because I am not a fighter."

Cain's campaign had sent mixed signals as to his future since Ginger White, an Atlanta woman who claims to have had an affair with Cain for more than a decade, went public with her story earlier this week. While Cain has said he has been "reassessing" his candidacy, he also, at times, has been fiercely defiant, suggesting that unnamed enemies have been trying to do him in and vowing to press forward.

"The pundits would like for me to shut up, drop out and go away," he said. "I am not going to be silenced, and I am not going away."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


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To: bimboeruption
Having everyone rally around Michelle Bachmann at this point would be good.

Michelle vs. Obama would bring any number of issues into the spotlight.

401 posted on 12/03/2011 2:46:51 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: bimboeruption
Having everyone rally around Michelle Bachmann at this point would be good.

Michelle vs. Obama would bring any number of issues into the spotlight.

402 posted on 12/03/2011 2:47:03 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: avenir

Replace Obama with what, a live long politician with a hell of a allot of political weight that can be used by RINOs to get what they want through Congress and have him sign it or better yet a loser Northeastern Republican, who is interested in working with Democrats, hell we could reelect Obama and get all of the above.

Remember Dole, Bush I and II as well as McCain were all willing to do the same and Conservatives got nothing in return other than to be treated like a street walker at midnight.


403 posted on 12/03/2011 2:48:32 PM PST by Trueblackman (Posting on FR since 1998 and 100% teleprompter free post as well.)
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To: Beelzebubba

Gingrich is a RINO, as evidenced by his recent statements on abortion.


404 posted on 12/03/2011 2:49:23 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: Trueblackman

That should have been lifelong——just a little upset right now!


405 posted on 12/03/2011 2:52:38 PM PST by Trueblackman (Posting on FR since 1998 and 100% teleprompter free post as well.)
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To: mandaladon
Today was a huge victory for the left and the elitist ruling class of both major political parties. In Orwellian fashion they utilized Chicago style politics and joined forces and successfully took out a political outsider that threatened the establishment. Sad thing that so many conservatives allowed themselves to become tools of the establishment and acted as cheerleaders to prematurely eliminate Cain before a vote was even cast. IMHO no true Conservative can feel good about today's end result.
406 posted on 12/03/2011 2:52:38 PM PST by 07Jack
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To: haircutter
Obama got away with everything...probably even murder.

Can a person who doesn't actually exist commit a crime?

407 posted on 12/03/2011 2:53:03 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1047 of America's ObamaVacation from reality.)
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To: Trueblackman
Sailor, think Battle of Leyte Gulf.

BTW, you are one of my favorite Freepers. I understand your frustration. : (

408 posted on 12/03/2011 2:53:46 PM PST by Chgogal (WSJ, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et. al., STFU. Thank you.)
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To: mandaladon

Let’s face it. Pubbies need to be better crooks than the Dims in order to be elected by the mind-numbed masses.


409 posted on 12/03/2011 2:56:50 PM PST by stboz
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To: LibertarianInExile

Funny the same could be said of Newt and Cain, if he did give this whore money as he has admitted to, then it was his money to give and not the taxpayers. Now can Newt and all the others who have had affairs, while in public office say the same and since we are setting standards, where is the media and the establishments with their blue dresses, used condoms and big headed babies as in the case of Bill KKKlinton, Jesse Jackson and John Edwards?


410 posted on 12/03/2011 2:57:06 PM PST by Trueblackman (Posting on FR since 1998 and 100% teleprompter free post as well.)
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To: null and void

I’m so disappointed.

Just so disappointed.

For him to admit he was giving this woman money and his wife didn’t know about it, well, it really does stink.

Now, I’m NOT condoning infidelity, but frankly at this point, I don’t even give a crap. I want someone who can fix some of the mess this economy is in.

Mrs. Cain will take care of him if he has done wrong.


411 posted on 12/03/2011 2:57:28 PM PST by a real Sheila (golden retrievers rule!)
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To: NoGrayZone
Looks like we've been deemed unforgiven. I'm having my Sarah moment all over again. There is no one left. =( I agree with you. There is no one left. May God have mercy on the US.
412 posted on 12/03/2011 2:58:13 PM PST by Jemian
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To: Jemian; NoGrayZone

Never give up, never surrender. The Presidency is lost to RINOs or Zer0, but we can still turn the tide of Congress.


413 posted on 12/03/2011 3:00:36 PM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: Trueblackman

Fine by me if they go after Newt. He’s a bigger weasel than Cain by far. As you say, it’s all on Cain’s dime. But as I said about Giuliani AND Gingrich—if their own wives, who they knew well and swore before God to love and honor, can’t trust them, WHY SHOULD WE? They don’t even KNOW us!


414 posted on 12/03/2011 3:00:42 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (Newt Gingrich, a great conservative? Before he was Speaker and had to walk the walk, sure.)
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To: Trueblackman
just a little upset right now!

Yeah. Me too.

415 posted on 12/03/2011 3:02:42 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1047 of America's ObamaVacation from reality.)
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To: Chgogal

Well thank you very much and Freerepublic has always been my home, but never the less after the last 4 Republican Nominees, I am sick and tried of holding my nose and voting for this NWO/Big Government RINO’s and as a hardcore Conservative, I am tired of being treated like a streetwalker at 2 am in the morning, when these clowns come looking for services.

I am no longer voting for some RINO/Party Establishment type because that is the best that can get through and his been picked by the media.


416 posted on 12/03/2011 3:03:06 PM PST by Trueblackman (Posting on FR since 1998 and 100% teleprompter free post as well.)
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To: mandaladon
Herman Cain drops out of presidential race

Cain should have stayed in the race if he was innocent.

The fact that he quit suggests one of two things, both not good.

Either he was guilty as charged or he doesn't have the fight in him.

417 posted on 12/03/2011 3:03:46 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: Jemian
Photobucket That is a pic of my 19 year old Kitty, 2 days before she died, with me, at home. That is how I feel right now. Same month too. I knew she was dying, which is why I was home. That is how I feel about our country. Devastated.
418 posted on 12/03/2011 3:07:13 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Stay involved..because stupid people are running America! - Herman Cain - Amen!!!)
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To: VictoryGal

Only if we smoke out all the RINO’s like McCain Graham and others, they will simply side with the Democrats again and give the lame duck Obama everything he wants.


419 posted on 12/03/2011 3:07:47 PM PST by Trueblackman (Posting on FR since 1998 and 100% teleprompter free post as well.)
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To: mandaladon

He finally saw the writing on the wall. That takes care of me.In the general,I will write in Sarah Palin and get ready for four more years of obama.


420 posted on 12/03/2011 3:10:04 PM PST by sport
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To: corbe
Perry is the only hope I see right now

When Sarah announced she wasn't running, Cain's numbers shot up, because her supporters chose him as the next best alternative.

They didn't flock to Perrry, whose numbers actually softened during the same period. Now that Cain is out, those who are looking for an outsider to carry forward, aren't likely to choose Perry for the same reasons they didn't flock to him before.

From what I see, it'll take a miracle for Perry to regain what he's lost in the race. He hasn't closed the sale with enough voters to really be a contender, and I highly doubt that he can build the sort of following necessary for him to clinch the nomination.

421 posted on 12/03/2011 3:11:03 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: hoagy62

I agree with the individual you found on FaceBook. The candidate is either going to be Newt or Rommney and obama won’t even have to campaign.


422 posted on 12/03/2011 3:14:02 PM PST by sport
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To: sagar

Political outsiders wanting to really change the system are not welcome by media or the current insider players. Haven’t “earned” it, put their time in, played the game to be brash enough to say the system needs to be overhauled.

That said, the thing with this gal is weird. I understand most of the calls were her to him, begging for money. She was the one who did the odd hour calling. Almost all calls except one or two from him to her were him calling her back.

The weird part was not discussing it with the wife, about a non-family woman you’re financially helping out. That’s bizarre to me.


423 posted on 12/03/2011 3:14:13 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: mojitojoe
We must draft, nominate and elect Sarah Palin president in the most crushing tidal wave of enthusiastic good judgment ever seen in the history of this nation.

Go to her Facebook page and tell her that it's time for her to answer the call of duty:

Sarah Palin's Facebook Page

424 posted on 12/03/2011 3:14:43 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

This was Rove and Rommney. Too early for Axlerod.


425 posted on 12/03/2011 3:15:48 PM PST by sport
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To: mandaladon
Well, this leaves only two real conservatives standing. Michele (My Belle) and Rick Santorum.

Hopefully, for me, Cain's supporters will go to Michele. She forgot more about our Constitution than Barry learned in all of his law school years (if he actually like ever showed up for any classes). And she could out debate Barry with one high heel shoe on. (Barry can even wear both of his High Heels)

I really like Santorum too but he's gone absolutely no place.

(Yes she's my candidate and always was.)

426 posted on 12/03/2011 3:16:17 PM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: mandaladon
"I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt . . . on me, on my family

I too am saddened, but he is a far stronger person than I to have endured all these baseless accusations which I am sure have taken their toll on his personal life...........

Halftime score:

Libtard MSM - 1

America - 0

427 posted on 12/03/2011 3:16:34 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Be good, Santa is coming)
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To: mojitojoe

We must draft, nominate and elect Sarah Palin president in the most crushing tidal wave of enthusiastic good judgment ever seen in the history of this nation.
_______________________________________
YES!

I am going to write her in also...


428 posted on 12/03/2011 3:17:29 PM PST by savage woman
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To: DNA.2012

“Having everyone rally around Michelle Bachmann at this point would be good.”


After the other 2 minor candidates drop out,then Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul will be getting more air time in the debates.


429 posted on 12/03/2011 3:17:39 PM PST by CGalen
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To: Trueblackman

I won’t go as far as voting for obama, but, I will be a son of a bitch before I will vote for the Republican Establishment’s nominee. I will write in Sarah Palin.


430 posted on 12/03/2011 3:19:23 PM PST by sport
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To: VictoryGal

This was a blow. I am so very sick and tired of defending people who won’t defend themselves. I think back to our Founding Fathers who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to this unborn country in the labor pains of a fragile birth. I am sure that it was hard on their friends and families as well. I am sure that they were slandered and libeled by the establishment. How can we conservatives do any less? I am sorry that Mrs. Cain was upset by these lies. I am sorry the kids had to suffer the indignities of hearing their father and grandfather accused of immoral acts. But it is a momentary difficulty especially when compared to the tragedy of losing our country! We must set aside our personal lives at this time. Our country is being attacked. Our republic is being invaded! To arms!

But instead, we have leaders who surrender.

Yes, we must regroup and reload. It has been just a few hours since this announcement. I must mourn.


431 posted on 12/03/2011 3:22:06 PM PST by Jemian
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To: mandaladon

They got him. It was a lynching. I have no words... Oh, that’s not true. I have plenty, but if I posted them...


432 posted on 12/03/2011 3:23:34 PM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: NoGrayZone

Yes, it is like a death. I am sorry for the loss of your kitty. I still mourn the death of my companion, Tippy, a dingo who died in 2004. No other dog has been like him.

I’ll evaluate what to do next. I think maybe I should go Galt.


433 posted on 12/03/2011 3:26:49 PM PST by Jemian
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To: Jemian

The Leftists I know are sighing in relief. Cain was the one they feared. At least some of the allegations were true, or Cain would’ve endured. Hopefully Ms. Palin will be receptive to our overtures...


434 posted on 12/03/2011 3:34:32 PM PST by imjimbo (The constitution SHOULD be our "gun permit")
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To: Jemian

We should all go Galt. If we don’t, nothing will change.


435 posted on 12/03/2011 3:35:08 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Stay involved..because stupid people are running America! - Herman Cain - Amen!!!)
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To: AlanGreenSpam

C) He’s ending his campaign to avoid destroying his wife and children with FALSE allegations.


436 posted on 12/03/2011 3:35:59 PM PST by Politicalmom
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To: mandaladon

He did NOT DROP OUT!...

He SUSPENDED his CAMPAIGN!!!

Big difference.


437 posted on 12/03/2011 3:39:29 PM PST by Safrguns
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To: mylife

Unfortunately, no one wants to face the possibility that he might not be as innocent in all of this as we’d like him to be.


438 posted on 12/03/2011 3:41:31 PM PST by Melas (u)
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To: eastforker

Photos, hotel receipts, credit card print outs - anything other than a he said/she said type of deal. People in this country have abandoned the innocent until proven guilty premise in favor of trying someone in the court of public opinion - namely, the MSM. It may be true, however, I still want proof.


439 posted on 12/03/2011 3:44:55 PM PST by Catsrus
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To: sagar

This doesn’t necessarily mean there was really something to the allegations. It seems at least as likely to me that Cain just got a taste of what it is to be a prominent Republican political figure and simply decided it wasn’t worth it anymore.

There were plenty of indications that, at least at the beginning, Cain was not really that serious about running for President. He didn’t seem to get serious until the polls indicated that he had a real shot at winning the nomination. Now that the nomination is seeming much less likely, he is probably less willing to pay the price than he was before.


440 posted on 12/03/2011 3:47:36 PM PST by The Pack Knight (Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and the world laughs at you.)
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To: Safrguns

This is a blow, a terrible blow. My score card is up-ended. I'd like clarification from Cain on what "suspended" means too. I'd rather not try to handicap this race without him in it. This might just be a third-party / write-in year after all. Heck, I'll vote Ron Paul before I'll stand with the establishment that assassinated my fellow conservative. Time to redo the numbers.


441 posted on 12/03/2011 3:48:57 PM PST by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Magic Fingers

So, we hang a guy out to dry because he didn’t tell his wife? While I don’t agree with him doing that - possibly there are other reasons he didn’t. None of us know for sure, do we? NO we don’t. That proves absolutely nothing - as I said - only that he gave her money. That isn’t proof of jack crap!


442 posted on 12/03/2011 3:49:09 PM PST by Catsrus
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To: rarestia

David “Red Diaper Baby” Axelrod is the “inside job”. Obama’s insider! This politics of personal destruction - straight out of the Communist Manifesto/Saul Alinsky “playbook” - is the same way they brought down all of Obama’s past opponents as he worked his way up the political totum pole here in Illinois!


443 posted on 12/03/2011 3:53:06 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Melas

Innocent or guilty was irrelevant. We are all sinners guilty of something. The point was that few, if anyone, else on that stage was more willing to turn the IRS on its ear and run the government like a business. No one has his professional experience. No one else could destroy Axelrod's race card. He was willing to eliminate Obama care, close the border, and not fall for the climate change nonsense. He was quite literally the candidate to become America's CEO. I'm not sure he can be replaced this late in the game. It may not signify an Obama victory, but it is a terrible blow to every God Fearing Patriotic Tea Party Conservative in the country. Obama may not win, but we may well loose.


444 posted on 12/03/2011 3:59:24 PM PST by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Ronin

Agree.

I just wish that some young, ambitious reporter, wanting to make a name for himself would dig in on this and ferret out the truth. For me, it doesn’t pass the smell test.

It would be great if the truth were exposed so the guilty could pay. If it’s Cain, then so be it. But....if it’s NOT...then maybe the system would have worked and those responsible would somehow pay.

A system that would allow someone to pull strings, get false accusations out there, and torpedo a promising candidate needs to be fixed.


445 posted on 12/03/2011 4:01:03 PM PST by Zarro ("I'll never apologize for America's greatness." - Herman Cain)
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To: so_real

>>> My score card is up-ended. I’d like clarification from Cain on what “suspended” means too.

It means that he is giving the media what it wants, without giving them what they want.

It’s a strategic retreat that will most likely mean he will not win the initial primaries/caucuses, but also leaves him in the perfect position to be the last man standing prior to the republican convention.

A lot will depend upon the initial success of his “Plan B”.

I think he wants to go back to the status of being ignored by the media while he flanks around and cremes them from behind.

I do know this... considering the type of man he is, the type of FIGHTER he is... he will NOT let this go unanswered. This is NOT defeat if you keep the end game in perspective. It IS a defeat in the eyes of public opinion... for now.


446 posted on 12/03/2011 4:04:53 PM PST by Safrguns
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To: sport
In the general,I will write in Sarah Palin and get ready for four more years of obama.

What if Palin endorses, and thereby asks YOU to vote for, the Republican nominee?

447 posted on 12/03/2011 4:05:13 PM PST by Lady Lucky
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To: Safrguns

I’m not sure what Cain is planning. In his speech he said he was suspending his campaign. But later the announcer said that Cain would later be ready with an endorsement of another candidate.

Sad to see another good American get beaten by the press.

I think I’m going to start supporting Romney. Just like my sports teams, any politician I start to get behind fails or drops out. (Duncan Hunter, Thompson, Palin, Cain, ....and I probably shouldn’t even bring up Ross Perot!)


448 posted on 12/03/2011 4:07:23 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: Condor51
I am/was a loyal Cain guy.....totally sold on “the businessman-political outsider thing.” I would agree that Bachman is probably the best Conservative alternative at this point. However, as of now, I'm sitting out the primaries and unfortunately I think most of Cain's supporters will sit out or go to Gingrich. Bachman burned some serious bridges with the Cain folks with her 666/999 analogy and opportunist/dishonest portrayal of Cain's position on life. Gingrich on the other hand has been careful to not burn bridges with the supporters of his rivals. I personally would support Bachman over Gingrich in a heartbeat...but I think Bachman would have been better served attacking Romney and Gingrich rather than her fellow Conservatives.
449 posted on 12/03/2011 4:10:49 PM PST by 07Jack
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To: so_real

It probably means that Cain will no longer be actively seeking the nomination, but that he also will not be withdrawing his name as a candidate in any primaries where he’s already on the ballow, won’t be formally disbanding his campaign, and isn’t ruling out getting back into the campaign.

As a practical matter, though, it is extremely unlikely that Cain will be jumping back into the race.

Also, keep in mind that there may be other reasons, such as potential tax consequences, for Cain not to formally wind up his campaign before the end of the year.


450 posted on 12/03/2011 4:11:10 PM PST by The Pack Knight (Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and the world laughs at you.)
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