Herman Cain Staying Mum on GOP Presidential Endorsement

Herman Cain Staying Mum on GOP Presidential Endorsement

Herman Cain says an endorsement would fragment his base and he wants to focus on solutions and keeping voters engaged in the campaign.

Published January 4, 2012

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain won’t be making any endorsements anytime soon. And although a nod from Cain, a Tea Party favorite, could help boost one of his party’s nominees in upcoming primaries in Southern states, he says he’s got a different kind of mission in mind.

“My mission is to help get the Republican nominee elected president. And in order to do that, I don't want to fragment my supporters,” Cain said in an interview on CNN Tuesday night. “They've already made up their mind, many of them, who they want to support. But you see, if I were to endorse, it could fragment my base, as well as people that consider themselves politically homeless.”

Other prominent Republicans are backing a preferred candidate, however. Arizona Sen. John McCain, who lost his 2008 White House bid to President Obama, will endorse Mitt Romney in New Hampshire on Wednesday. 

Cain believes that so far his former rivals have not focused enough on specific solutions and his role in the months ahead will be to “help keep voters informed, involved and inspired” so that they won’t lose interest in the campaign and stay home on Election Night, which would boost Obama's re-election prospects. He also plans to announce on Fox News Wednesday night a new initiative that will focus on solutions.

“I want to get the American public, especially the conservative voters, focused back on the solutions to problems that we ought to be talking about, not just all of the negative attacks,” Cain said.

According to the once-upon-a-time frontrunner, negative attacks on what he says are “baseless” sexual harassment claims are what derailed his campaign and he believes that the attacks the candidates are engaging in now are damaging the Republican Party. Cain also said he won’t be running for political office again and plans to retire in nine years.

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Written by Joyce Jones


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