Campaign Buzz December 3, 2011: Herman Cain Suspends Presidential Campaign — Drops Republican Presidential Nomination Bid


By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.


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Herman Cain, whose bid fell apart amid accusations of sexual misconduct, spoke on Saturday with his wife, Gloria, behind him.


“As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign. Because of the continued distractions, the continued hurt caused on me and my family, not because we are not fighters. Not because I’m not a fighter.” — Herman Cain

“Herman Cain’s 999 plan got our country talking about the critical issue of tax reform and he elevated the dialogue of the primary. I am proud to know Herman Cain and consider him a friend and I know he will continue to be a powerful voice for years to come.” — Newt Gingrich on Tweeter

“Herman’s campaign was one of ideas. His decision was based on what is best for him and his family. We wish Herman and Gloria the best.” — Mitt Romney on Twitter

“Herman Cain offered a unique and valuable voice to the debate over how to reform our country’s uncompetitive tax code and turn around the economy. I understand his decision and wish him and his family the best.” — Jon Huntsman

“I would urge any Cain fans looking for a true outsider with a solid conservative record and a clear vision for America to give Perry a look.” — Perry’s media coordinator, Will Franklin, wrote on Twitter

“I know this was a difficult decision for Herman Cain, his family and his supporters. He helped invigorate conservative voters and our nation with a discussion of major tax reform. Anita and I wish him and his entire family all the best.” — Rick Perry

“Herman Cain provided an important voice to this process. His ideas and energy generated tremendous enthusiasm for the conservative movement at a time it was so desperately needed to restore confidence in our country. I wish Herman, his wife Gloria, and his family all the best.” — Michele Bachmann

“I have no doubt Herman Cain will remain a significant voice in the dialogue about the many important issues we face. His rejection of business-as-usual in Washington has been a valuable part of this campaign, and clearly resonates with a great many Americans. I wish him the best.” — Gary Johnson

Herman Cain suspends his campaign for GOP presidential nomination: Herman Cain, a little known businessman who unexpectedly became a front-runner in the Republican presidential race, suspended his campaign Saturday in the wake of allegations of an extramarital affair and claims of sexual harassment.
He has denied the charges but his support has fallen and campaign donations stalled…. – WaPo, 12-3-11

Republican Candidate Herman Cain Will Suspend His Presidential Campaign: Republican candidate Herman Cain said that he was suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination to avoid news coverage that is hurtful to his family. Mr. Cain’s announcement came five days after an Atlanta-area woman claimed she and Mr. Cain had an affair for more than a decade, a claim that followed several allegations of sexual harassment against the Georgia businessman. Mr. Cain, whose wife stood behind him on the stage, made the announcement before several hundred supporters gathered at what was to have been the opening of his national campaign headquarters.Mr. Cain had surged in polls until news surfaced in late October that he had been accused of sexual harassment by two women during his time as president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s…. – NYT, 12-3-11

  • Cain announces he’s suspending his campaign: The Cain train has come to a stop. Herman Cain suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday following a steady drumbeat of sexual misconduct allegations he said were harming his family and drowning out his ability to deliver his message.
    With just one month to go until the lead-off Iowa caucuses, Cain’s announcement is tantamount to a concession. Still, he told supporters, he planned to continue his efforts to influence Washington and announced “Plan B” — what he called a grassroots effort to return government to the people…. – AP, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain suspends campaign: Herman Cain bowed out of his presidential campaign Saturday, saying he was doing so because of “the continued distraction, the continued hurt to me and my family” after a series of accusations of sexual impropriety.
    “We had to come to this conclusion that it would be best to suspend this campaign. That’s the bad news. The good news is, the pundits would like for me to shut up, drop out and go away,” he said at what was to have been his hometown headquarters opening.
    But Cain insisted that’s not going to happen, announcing the launch of a website to show “the people are still in charge of this country,” he said — by promoting his trademark 9-9-9 tax plan and other positions…. – Politico, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain suspends his campaign for 2012 GOP presidential nomination: The brief but dramatic campaign of Herman Cain ended on Saturday, when the little-known businessman who captivated the Republican race said the relentless attention on accusations of his sexual misconduct had become too much to bear…. – WaPo, 12-3-11
  • A Defiant Herman Cain Suspends His Bid for Presidency: An unapologetic and defiant Herman Cain suspended his presidential campaign on Saturday, pledging that he “would not go away” even as he abandoned the Republican presidential race in the face of escalating accusations of sexual misconduct… – NYT, 12-3-11
  • Cain backs out of presidential race: Republican Herman Cain suspends his campaign after accusations of sexual harassment, groping and an extramarital affair. He tells supporters in Atlanta that he will change Washington from the outside…. – LAT, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain Suspends Campaign Under ‘Cloud of Doubt’: At what was meant to be the grand opening of his campaign headquarters, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain on Saturday announced he is suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination…. – Time, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain suspends presidential campaign: Herman Cain said today he is suspending his presidential campaign, acknowledging the toll it has taken on him and his family as he battled allegations of an affair and sexual misconduct. The businessman vowed to … – USA Today, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain drops White House bid: Embattled White House hopeful Herman Cain effectively ended his presidential bid Saturday after support dried up in the wake of accusations from a string of women that he had engaged in sexual impropriety…. – CBS News, 12-3-11
  • Defiant Herman Cain suspends campaign, vows to keep fighting: Ending days of intense speculation, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain announced Saturday that he will suspend his unlikely campaign, citing the toll that weeks of sex harassment and adultery allegations … – LAT, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain ‘suspends’ presidential campaign, effectively ending it: Herman Cain continues to deny any wrong doing involving other women. But the “continued distraction” has led him to suspend his campaign, ending what had been a meteoric political rise…. – CS Monitor, 12-3-11
  • Cain suspends campaign: Herman Cain announced Saturday he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. This suspension comes after weeks of scrutiny over alleged sexual misconduct and accusations of an extramarital affair. … – MSNBC, 12-3-11
  • Scandal-damaged Herman Cain suspends his bid for White House but vows his voice will be heard Says he will continue to promote his 9-9-9 tax plan and attack President Obama: Ending days of speculation, Herman Cain announced Saturday that he will be suspending his unlikely quest for the White House.
    Cain, whose brief stay atop the polls collapsed amid accusations of sexual harassment and adultery, stood next to his wife and vowed that while he would no longer be a candidate, his voice would heard….. – NY Daily News, 12-3-11
  • Cain Announces He’s Suspending His Campaign: Herman Cain suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday following a steady drumbeat of sexual misconduct allegations he said were harming his family and drowning out his ability to deliver his … – ABC News, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain Drops Out of the Race for Presidency: Herman Cain announced today that he will not continue his bid for the Republican nomination for president, but he continues to call the claims of infidelity against him “false” and “baseless.” “As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul … – U.S. News & World Report, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain suspends Republican presidential bid: Herman Cain ended his Quixotic bid for the White House on Saturday, telling hundreds of supporters in Atlanta the path to victory no longer was passable…. – Atlanta Journal Constitution, 12-3-11
  • Cain’s burned supporters fret over next step: For Herman Cain’s supporters, his decision to suspend his presidential campaign brings confusion about where to go next, frustration with the political process and heartbreak. They won’t go to their next choice with the same fervor — if they get … – Politico, 12-3-11
  • In hours before big decision, Cain makes calls to GOP rivals: In the hours before he makes his planned midday announcement about the future of his presidential campaign, Republican candidate Herman Cain reached out to some of his rivals. “We have talked to the Cain Camp, but we don’t want to characterize the … – CBS News, 12-3-11
  • Cain suspends campaign: ‘I am at peace’: Herman Cain suspended his presidential campaign Saturday, declaring at a rally in Georgia that while he will not “be silenced,” the weight of damaging charges of sexual harassment and marital fidelity had become too much for him to continue his bid for … – Politico, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain’s Departure Helps Other Candidates, but Which Ones?: Herman Cain made it official Saturday after a date night with his wife, Gloria, and a morning meeting with top supporters in Atlanta…. – Daiy Beast, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain Suspends Presidential Nomination: Republican candidate Herman Cain announced he is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. During a televised announcement … – WAMU, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain Drops Out … Weeks After It Mattered: In the end, Herman Cain left the presidential race as he entered it—more a sideshow than a contender. And he wrapped up his never quite believable run in characteristically bizarre fashion.He closed the effort at the official opening of his campaign … – U.S. News & World Report, 12-3-11
  • After weeks of allegations and stumbles, Cain shifts to ‘Plan B’: In the waning days of his embattled presidential campaign Herman Cain sounded like a man crafting his own political obituary…. – CNN, 12-3-11
  • What does ‘suspending’ mean?: With news Saturday that Herman Cain is suspending his bid for the 2012 GOP nomination, many are wondering what the move means for his future. Federal law doesn’t have a specific definition for “suspending” a political campaign, meaning Cain is … – CNN, 12-3-11
  • The race is on for Cain endorsement: Now that Herman Cain is out of the Republican presidential race, the race is on for the endorsement of the retired restaurant executive whose ability to articulate anti-Washington fervor at one point rocketed to the top of the polls. … – CBS News, 12-3-11
  • Cain supporters blame media: In announcing today that he was suspending his campaign, Herman Cain positioned himself and his supporters squarely against what he called “the media class,” which many of his supporters were eager to blame for the candidate’s decision. … – Politico, 12-3-11
  • Cain Iowa supporters: Media ‘took a good man down’: Staff and supporters at Herman Cain’s Iowa headquarters shared tears, hugs and overall fond memories of a candidate they say they’ll continue to support in whatever his next venture may be…. – CNN, 12-3-11
  • Cain Suspends Campaign Shifting GOP Race: A defiant Herman Cain suspended his faltering bid for the Republican presidential nomination Saturday amid a drumbeat of sexual misconduct allegations against him, throwing his staunchly conservative supporters up for grabs with … – ABC News, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain: how Republicans fell out with their once preferred candidate: Herman Cain’s decision to suspend his campaign removes the remote but tantalising prospect of a 2012 battle for the White House fought between two African-American candidates…. – The Guardian, 12-3-11
  • Republican presidential nominee Herman Cain quits race: Cain’s announcement came five days after an Atlanta woman claimed she and Cain had an affair for more than a decade, a claim that followed several allegations of sexual harassment against the Georgia businessman…. –, 12-3-11
  • Martin Bashir: Herman Cain Should Resign From His Church Over Affair: MSNBC host Martin Bashir called on Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to resign from his church over his alleged 13-year affair with an Atlanta woman…. – Huff Post, 12-3-11
  • Cain’s constant search for the next big thing: Herman Cain always was a man in a hurry. Even before his improbable and peculiar presidential campaign, he had spent five decades restlessly, endlessly seeking the next big thing…. – WaPo, 12-3-11
  • Cain’s reaction to allegations concerned some supporters: Herman Cain’s announcement Saturday that he would suspend his run for the presidency left many metro-area Cain supporters disappointed, but accepting…. – Atlanta Journal Constitution, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain’s Most Embarrasing Gaffes: In the wake of Herman Cain suspending his campaign for the US presidency today, we thought it would be a good idea to reflect on some of his less-than-presidential comments as outlined by The Daily Beast…. – News One, 12-3-11
  • Herman Cain helped his brand, says expert: Herman Cain may have been forced out of the race for president amid accusations of unseemly and inappropriate sexual behavior, but his White House bid and surprising rise in the polls have nonetheless boosted his earning power, a branding expert told … – CBS News, 12-3-11
  • On Herman Cain, Donald Trump and an eager Newt Gingrich: The GOP race has, at times, seemed more like a reality show than a political process, a fact that probably worries the wiser heads in the party because it diminishes the candidates as well as the party in the eyes of the public…. – Atlanta Journal Constitution, 12-3-11

Full Text December 3 2011: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address Urges Congress to Pass Payroll Tax Cut Extension



President Obama calls on Congress to extend and expand the payroll tax cut — to protect middle class families and ensure that the economy continues to grow.

President Obama tapes the Weekly Address
President Obama tapes the Weekly Address, White House Photo, Chuck Kennedy, 12/2/1

Weekly Address: Extending and Expanding the Payroll Tax Cut

Source: WH, 12-3-11

President Obama calls on Congress to extend and expand the payroll tax cut — to protect middle class families and ensure that the economy continues to grow.

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WEEKLY ADDRESS: Extending and Expanding the Payroll Tax Cut

In this week’s address, President Obama told the American people that although the United States has created private sector jobs for the past 21 months in a row, that is not enough for struggling Americans. We must continue growing the economy by passing the payroll tax cut, which will give the middle class a tax cut of $1,500 and provide small businesses more money to hire workers by cutting their payroll taxes in half. The President urges all Americans to tell Congress not to raise taxes during the holidays and act in the best interests of middle class families and pass the tax cuts now.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
December 3, 2011

This week, we learned that our economy added another 140,000 private sector jobs in November. Despite some strong headwinds this year, America’s economy has now created private sector jobs for the past 21 months in a row – almost three million new jobs in all, more than half a million of them in the past four months alone.

We need to keep this growth going and strengthen it. That’s why we’ve been fighting to pass a series of jobs bills through Congress – bills that independent economists say will create more jobs and grow the economy even faster. Because now is the time to step on the gas, not slam on the brakes.

Unfortunately, too many Republicans in Congress don’t seem to share that same sense of urgency. Over the last few months, they’ve said “no” to most of these jobs bills. “No” to putting teachers and firefighters back to work. “No” to putting construction workers back on the job. And this week, they actually said “no” to cutting taxes for middle-class families.

You see, last year, both parties came together to cut payroll taxes for the typical middle-class family by about $1,000. But that tax cut is set to expire at the end of this month. If that happens, that same family will see its taxes go up by $1,000. We can’t let that happen. In fact, I think we should cut taxes on working families and small business owners even more.

And we’re going to keep pushing Congress to make this happen. They shouldn’t go home for the holidays until they get this done. And if you agree with me, I could use your help.

We’ve set up a simple tax cut calculator on so that you can see exactly what the stakes are for your family. Try it out. Then let your members of Congress know where you stand.

Tell them not to vote to raise taxes on working Americans during the holidays. Tell them to put country before party. Put money back in the pockets of working Americans. Pass these tax cuts.

We’re all in this together. The more Americans succeed, the more America succeeds. And if we remember that and do what it takes to keep this economy growing and opportunity rising, then I’m confident that we’ll come out of this stronger than before.

White House Recap November 26-December 2, 2011: The Obama Presidency’s Weekly Recap — President Obama, Michelle Obama & Family Bring Holiday Spirit to the White House, Lighting the National Christmas Tree & Unveiling a Very “Bo” Decoration Theme, “Shine, Give, Share”



West Wing Week: 12/2/11 or “Bo Meets Bo.”

This week, the President hosted the EU Summit and the Dutch Prime Minister, announced a new commitment to fighting AIDS, and lit the National Christmas Tree. That’s November 25th to December 1st, or “Bo Meets Bo.”

West Wing Week

Source: WH, 12-1-11

This week, as the President urged Republicans to join a Democratic effort to prevent a thousand dollar tax increase on the typical American family, the White House got spruced up for the holidays. The President also hosted the EU Summit, the Dutch Prime Minister, and announced a new commitment to fighting AIDS in America and around the world. He also lit the National Christmas Tree. That’s November 25th to December 1st, or “Bo Meets Bo.”

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Holiday Decorations

Weekly Wrap Up: Ringing in the Holiday Season

Source: WH, 12-2-11

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What happened this week on

Payroll Tax Cut On Wednesday President Obama spoke in Scranton, Pennsylvania urging Congress to extend a tax break for middle class families. Yesterday Congress rejected an extension of this payroll tax cut that is set to expire at the end of the month. Because of this failed attempt to extend tax cuts, the typical middle-class family is going to see their taxes go up by $1,000 in 2012. The President released a statement calling the vote “unacceptable” — and urging Congress to stop playing politics.

White House Holidays  The trees are lit and the ornaments are out. The First Lady welcomed military families to the White House Wednesday for a preview of this year’s holiday decorations. This year’s White House Holiday theme “Shine.Give.Share” celebrates the countless way we can lift up those around us and share our blessings with all.  Mrs. Obama’s guests saw the 18-foot  official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room that honors our military, the Gold Star tree in the  East Landing plus a series of topiaries built in the image of  the First Dog, Bo. On Thursday, the First Family welcomed hundreds to the National Tree Lighting Ceremony to bring in holiday cheer with guest performances including a reading of “the Night Before Christmas” by the First Lady and Kermit the Frog.

Green Building Initiative President Obama was joined by former President Bill Clinton on Friday as he announced the next piece of his “We Can’t Wait” initiative—a $4 billion investment in improving energy efficiency in buildings across the country. The President has also directed all Federal agencies to make at least $2 billion worth of energy efficiency upgrades over the next two months.

World AIDS Day To mark World Aids Day on Thursday, the President spoke about the progress made in the fight against the disease worldwide. He was joined via satellite by former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, while Bono, Alicia Keys and others were on hand to make a new commitment to help extend the progress made in the fight against this global pandemic. The commitment plans to help 6 million people get treatment by the end of 2013, 2 million more than the original goal.

EU Summit President Obama met with a group of senior officials from the European Union Wednesday to help find a solution to the Eurozone Crisis. The leaders issued a joint statement describing their shared commitment to create jobs and ensure financial stability. Later in the week, he met with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to discuss his government’s commitment to keeping the euro intact.

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