Another Republican presidential candidate has signed on to the impeach Obama movement. Politico reported today that former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain has said impeaching President Barack Obama “would be a great thing to do.”
Cain made his comments during a conference call with bloggers on Tuesday evening.
The long shot candidate said he believed impeachment would be unlikely to occur “because the Senate is controlled by Democrats,” so Republicans “would never be able to get the Senate first to take up that action, because they simply don’t care what the American public thinks.”
He described Democratic control as the main “stumbling block in terms of getting [Obama] impeached on a whole list of things, such as trying to pass a health care mandate which is unconstitutional, ordering the Department of Justice to not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act — that’s an impeachable offense right there. The president is supposed to uphold the laws of this nation.”
His rival, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, similarly warned Obama of impeachment over his refusal to enforce DOMA. Gingrich quickly moved to reverse himself, saying, “impeachment is clearly not an appropriate action.” Cain earned nearly four-times the number of votes as Gingrich in last weekend’s Ames Straw Poll.
Despite media opposition, Cain’s position should do him no harm in the polls. According to a survey taken by Public Policy Polling, 60 percent of self-described Tea Party members and 48 percent of Republicans support impeaching Obama.
Last Monday, Congressman Michael Burgess of Texas told a Tea Party meeting impeachment “needs to happen.” (Read Ben Johnson’s exchange with liberal media in Burgess’ district: “Barack Obama deserves impeachment.”)
As Obama’s approval ratings continue to decline, more Republicans will find the courage to live up to their oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.