Cain Suspends Presidential Campaign

Businessman Herman Cain pulled together press conference/rally event that lasted over an hour today, in which he eventually announced his plans to suspend his presidential campaign. “I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family,” Cain told a large group in Atlanta at what was supposed to be the opening of a new campaign headquarters in his hometown.

Cain, who has been plummeting in the polls since news of past settlements for sexual harassment claims, and now a new accusation of a decade long affair has hit the airwaves, has said in recent days that he would be “reassessing” his campaign, although he hadn’t made it clear until today exactly what that could mean.

Cain made a few last minute attempts to keep the campaign alive.  Friday, he launched “Women for Cain,” a new section of his website dedicated to making the presidential contender seem popular with women.  Instead, the site quickly got mocked, both for the vitriol of the supporters — many of whom accused the alleged harassment victims of just being jealous, bitter and unmarried — and their quick use of stock photo images to create the section. The “Women for Cain” movement boasted of Cain’s wife Gloria as its campaign chair, despite the fact that Mrs. Cain was reportedly trying to stay far out of the spotlight and asking her husband to drop the presidential run.

So what exactly is the does a campaign suspension mean for the businessman?  Cain has made it clear that no one has seen the end of him, stating that he will continue to do public appearances to push his 9-9-9 tax plan, and will eventually endorse a candidate on his own.  Cain has had a longstanding friendship with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, making his the likely front runner for that eventual announcement.

In other words, Cain will do much of what he has already done, but without any pesky debates or probing media interviews.  And that’s likely to suit the former GOP candidate just fine.

Photo from Gage Skidmore via flickr creative commons

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220 comments

Cathy Noftz
Cathy Noftz4 years ago

~I just wish he was out for good!!~So long, Cain!!~

Brian F.
Brian F.4 years ago

Cain is a moron and a liar like the rest of this horrible field of republican scum bags. It's a shame that these GOP imbeciles are actually running at all.

Marianna B M.

noted

Mark Stevenson
Mark S.4 years ago

The only repub I think I'd vote for is Abraham Lincoln. And he's dead.

John Mansky
John Mansky4 years ago

Thank you for the article...

Sharon Prior-Schranz
Sharon S.4 years ago

IT's long past time, & let's hope he withdraws completely. He, along with many other candidates, are total morons, with their backward ideas (especially toward women) which, if passed into law, would take us back an entire century. Cain & his ilk, belong back in the 19th century.

Louise D.
Louise D.4 years ago

Having a peek back on the comments here - there is something very twisted with Diane O.'s thought processes I did read Bill Clinton's autobiography and he definitely wasn't a "page turner". Still Herman Cain's book This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House" ending appears to be very different from the one he thought he was on it should of been called "That was Herman Cain!: How Arrogance and Infidelity Derailed My Journey to the White House". Still there is money to be made in the toilet paper trade especially with all the shiite that has come up about him by certain parties.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan4 years ago

Oh by the way past repub. thanks to Bush / Cheney now Demo. Proud of it.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan4 years ago

Diane O, wake up and smell the Coffee, not worn out tea baggers

Rob Keenan
Rob Keenan4 years ago

Diane O.doesn't appear to think it's worth we the people to pay to protect the President and his family regardless of his party,Robert H. I still have vivid enough memories of the assassinations of the 1960s that I know the importance of paying that cost.As for the legal requirement that it be the Secret Service that protects them, Diane O didn't even understand that a President can't sign a bill into law-in this case one he promises to veto-before it passes in both Houses of Congress. That's what we get,Robert H.,from these Fake Noise Groupies; total nonsense and misinformation !