Herman Cain: Boehner shouldn’t be replaced as Speaker

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Herman Cain said he isn’t ready to say House Speaker John Boehner should be ousted from his job, as some Tea Partiers upset with his negotiations in the debt ceiling debate are now suggesting.

“No, I’m not going that far at this point,” the Republican presidential candidate told reporters Wednesday outside the Capitol. “I think he’s got one of the toughest jobs in D.C. I just would hope the Republicans would kind of get their act together.”

Earlier in the day, a leading Tea Party group said a majority of its members, who oppose raising the debt ceiling at all, are open to having a new speaker.

Jenny Beth Martin, a national coordinator with the Tea Party Patriots, said at a breakfast with reporters in Washington that 71.4 percent of its membership base is for replacing Boehner, or leans that way.

Cain said he supports the concept of a “balanced budget amendment, and I also support the concept of ‘don’t raise the debt ceiling.’”

He said Democrats are exaggerating the potential impact of not coming to an agreement on the issue.

“These are scare tactics when they say they have to raise it or old people, children or puppy dogs will be hurt,” he said. “That is just scaring people.”

Cain, who said he’s also in Washington for other meetings, greeted the activists at a small noon gathering to protest raising the debt ceiling, organized by the American Grassroots Coalition and Tea Party Express.

He didn’t address the crowd from the stage, though he had a short conversation with Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican.

Others who appeared at the rally included Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Utah Sen. Mike Lee, both Republicans.

  • FloatingRock

    Herman Cain supported TARP and Boehner’s scam CR bill, too, so it’s not surprising.

    Not that it matters, his campaign is dead anyway.


    Herman Cain is right on. I am a Tea Party member and do not necessarily think that the Republicans are doing all they can or should do. However, I’m not going to cut off my nose to spite my face. The record of independants or any third party candidate is abyssmal in national elections. Vote for whomever the GOP nominates, even if you don’t think he/she represents every thing you want. To risk another silly metaphore, if you’re hungry half a sandwich is better than none. And to vote against the Republican is tantemount to voting for Obama.

    • westvalley

      Cain is a moron….

      • lynched1

        I don’t think he can hear you from down there. Thanks for playing……