Herman Cain on 'Hannity'
Exclusive: Former 2012 candidate on his decision, potential endorsement
- Duration 7:42
- Date Dec 8, 2011
Exclusive: Former 2012 candidate on his decision, potential endorsement
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And on Saturday the Republican presidential field lost one of president -- Obama's most outspoken critics when businessman Herman Cain announced that he would end his bid for the White House let's take a look.
With a lot of prayer.
And soul searching.
I am suspending my presidential campaign.
I am so spending.
-- presidential campaign.
Because be continued.
Because -- it.
On me and my family.
We are not fighters.
Not because I'm not a fighter.
And joining me now right here in studio for his very first interview since making that emotional announcement the one and only Herman -- -- -- gun happy to be here thank you bomb.
-- marketed is that it watts and it it was hard.
-- probably -- because.
Of all the supporters that I have gotten right I knew gonna be very disappointing to a lot of people.
And I personally I was disappointed because we make it's there's great progress but.
It boiled down to two words family first.
Because little false accusations.
In the media continues not everybody but some they continue to -- in -- -- in Reno -- and why it never went away.
And the other thing -- I solve the pain that those calls my wife and I wasn't gonna let that happen.
And so deep ball down to -- the first now if one other thing about.
My wife that -- even a relapse because some people gonna put the story out wept she told him to drop out of the campaign though she didn't.
My wife is not that type of -- wife -- four to three years.
She was gonna -- that -- seems to me and before I got home -- Friday night but we won't talk about it not call her Friday morning and it's it's we aren't.
I don't want this.
Being done to you but the family anymore I'm going to suspend his campaign does -- -- mean and it means the end.
So bad -- -- down -- campaign know that no plans to re emerge and here's why.
If I -- to reemerge.
This man is the most volatile again and then and that and that's what gets hurtful win.
Your wife and you -- have to continue to see the same.
Spy on -- went over and over.
Whenever someone does the story and they want to introduce you based on all we have the accusation they will false accusations that it wouldn't go away that he is the other point.
We also -- The because somebody.
-- so determined to knock me out of this race.
But that problem will going to be some more down the road what do you think is doing I really.
Don't know who's doing it I think it could be coming from both -- out but I have no proof of that.
But I -- and I'm convinced that the way it was done the fact that it went up my character and they knew that it would hurt my family.
And I'm not simply wasn't gonna do that and so that's why he would make -- do you know you've been adamant.
And you denials from the very beginning yes so you're saying that in America want and a series of false charges can.
Prevents somebody gets -- from president yes because.
Of the court of public opinion.
Well they sowed the seeds of doubt -- sow the seeds of doubt and understandably.
A lot of supporters -- a lot of people are gonna still have that doubt.
Now most people that I have run into the most -- that have talked to.
They say that they believe me they don't believe it and as more and more comes out about these -- -- they see that there's no way.
That they could be telling the truth relative to what they accuse them but once you put that little cloud of doubt.
And it grows it started to show in the poll numbers started to show in a drop off in contributions but most importantly.
I could have Leo with the drop in poll numbers we could have gotten that back up but it was the pain.
That was called -- to my wife and my family and I say it I will find another way you see -- ran for president.
In order to be would try to change Washington DC from the inside.
Our federal government is broken all you have to do look at what's -- -- So I decided rather than have my wife and my -- -- put through this I am now going to change Washington DC.
From the out sat with the backing of the American.
-- and you haven't given up on on on your desire no I'm not at all the only -- when -- last interviewed you which was Thursday before you made the announcement that we have yet.
I said -- Herman is in this easily.
Hotel receipts videos.
If you're out in public together I mean they don't -- airplane ticket they don't -- if they don't exist.
How do you prove who.
You Muslims that any said to me there's no reason to play detective why won't why would.
I don't know I'm not try to put myself in your -- on something falsely accused and right and -- falsely -- why wouldn't you want to get out and say show me the airline tickets.
She done that without compromise and in that thing that my attorney and a working on we're not done.
Proving all demonstrating they'll be more that would be more but for right now.
I am going to -- -- -- bullets.
-- there a strong voice on behalf of the people who've gotten this far.
The people who got me to be in that final fours -- called and that is the people I'm gonna continue to be a -- us.
And and an up and we even above that and are you planning on making an endorsement.
For any of the remaining candidates in this race I am in the process of making that evaluation remember as a businessman I don't shoot from the lip.
And so I have some discussions that I'm gonna have with several of the candidates.
And we've got to see how far apart we are -- saw it -- who has sought your endorsement let's just say that several loved him we.
I've talked at the -- and not enough so you endorse not all of them there are many although many of them have had two of the top one.
Embarrassment I have had the Fed because they certainly do that it got wanna get up I gave nobody is that they eat out you don't have a businessman I wanna look at how far how -- -- -- -- on.
And this sort of thing and I'm not gonna do that quickly I'm gonna take my time the victim -- what.
What might be next for Herman Cain because I had no doubt yeah that.
There is a TV radio future if you want and one -- won't be the next step for you well obviously.
The duels to radio and TV build tools open I want to talk to the radio guys that door and not only is wide open.
It swung open up I won't say who PD as everybody else in those that are right right so I've got a tape people that know me they have been very gracious.
What I'm doing over the next several days this considering all of these options because I want to create.
The biggest platform.
For me to continue to talk about the trifecta.
Replays of the tax code -- now and then that.
In -- and massive security -- this administration has weakened our military and that's not good for this country.
Those are going to be the first 3 that I am going to be very vocal about.
All the way through this and election and be gone.
All right now Monday -- -- going to be back on this program yes after the debate this weekend yes and we'll talk we'll get your analysis having been there and I look forward to senior Monday that will be fun -- we really appreciate it on a Saturday so much could be -- -- -- it's great to see -- -- -- -- though all the best and appreciate time to see.
Coming up high -- month.