Skip to comments.Herman Cain drops out of presidential race
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."
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Michelle vs. Obama would bring any number of issues into the spotlight.
Michelle vs. Obama would bring any number of issues into the spotlight.
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.
Gingrich is a RINO, as evidenced by his recent statements on abortion.
That should have been lifelong——just a little upset right now!
Can a person who doesn't actually exist commit a crime?
BTW, you are one of my favorite Freepers. I understand your frustration. : (
Let’s face it. Pubbies need to be better crooks than the Dims in order to be elected by the mind-numbed masses.
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?
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.
Never give up, never surrender. The Presidency is lost to RINOs or Zer0, but we can still turn the tide of Congress.
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!
Yeah. Me too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Go to her Facebook page and tell her that it's time for her to answer the call of duty:
This was Rove and Rommney. Too early for Axlerod.
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.)
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...........
Libtard MSM - 1
America - 0
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.
I am going to write her in also...
“Having everyone rally around Michelle Bachmann at this point would be good.”
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.
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.
They got him. It was a lynching. I have no words... Oh, that’s not true. I have plenty, but if I posted them...
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.
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...
We should all go Galt. If we don’t, nothing will change.
C) He’s ending his campaign to avoid destroying his wife and children with FALSE allegations.
He did NOT DROP OUT!...
He SUSPENDED his CAMPAIGN!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
>>> 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.
What if Palin endorses, and thereby asks YOU to vote for, the Republican nominee?
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!)
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.