Herman Cain 'Enthusiastically' Endorses Newt Gingrich For President

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain, who last week endorsed "the American people," announced his support on Saturday of another entity -- this time a Republican hoping to win the White House.

"I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for president of the United States," Cain said at a GOP fundraiser.

Speaking to supporters on the day he left the race last month, the former head of Godfather's Pizza said he would be making an endorsement. But at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in South Carolina last week, he announced that his official endorsement would be of "we the people."

While Cain publicly promoted his endorsement last week, the one he made Saturday night came with little warning. The announcement was a surprise to Gingrich staff, and the traveling press who most frequently cover the former House speaker were not in attendance after boycotting the price the campaign was charging for chartered flights.

"There are many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is that I know that Speaker Gingrich is a patriot. Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas, and I also know that Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder," said Cain. "I know what this sausage grinder is all about. I know that he is going through this sausage grinder because he cares about the future of the United States of America."

Cain abandoned his presidential bid amongst accusations from women claiming he sexually harassed them while heading the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Describing the accusations as false attacks from the media and rivals, Cain's campaign sought to slog through the scandal. That was until a Georgia woman went public claiming to have had an affair with the former businessman for more than a decade.

On Dec. 2, Cain returned to his Atlanta home to meet with his wife and discuss the future of his candidacy. The next day he suspended his campaign.

Gingrich is now in an uphill battle to compete in the Sunshine State with the better funded Mitt Romney.

Cain becomes the second former presidential candidate to endorse Gingrich. Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out and announced his support just two days before Gingrich's decisive South Carolina primary victory.

Gingrich signaled that there might be room in his administration for Cain, and that Cain’s 9-9-9 economic plan would be on the table. Gingrich called Cain "a great asset."

Cain will be campaigning with Gingrich in Florida on Monday.

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  • by e on Jan 31, 2012 at 03:34 AM
    Breaking News.....Gingrich standings just dropped 15 points! Thanks Herman Cain.
  • by Clown Show on Jan 30, 2012 at 08:40 PM
    Ummmmm why don't Gingrich get some of the GOPers that worked with him in the past to endorse him? HAAAA HA HA!! LOL And he wants to beat President Obama?
  • by Barrack Obama on Jan 30, 2012 at 04:42 PM
    I approve 100% of that endorsement!!!Gingrich 2012 GOP Nominee!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 12:10 PM
    Mitt paid Cain to endorse Gingrich.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    This is really hilarious! A man who was not relevant before thinks he is relevant now (key word 'thinks'). Not a lot to brag about there Neut - three endorsemen­ts: A billionair­e casino crook, a failed half-term ex-governo­r, and a has been pizza delivery guy. Certainly not a lot of confidence in this guy's dwindling campaign. Shame too because the Dems would love nothing better than for Gingrich to be the GOP nominee, but Romney will do nicely.
  • by P.T. Barnum on Jan 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM
    HAHAHAHAHA­!!! Oh man, this primary just gets better and better. Here's to hoping Gingrich sticks around to continue tearing down Romney as long as possible. I'm seriously starting to question whether Republican­s are even interested in winning the Presidency this year. If these candidates are the best that they have to offer the American public they are going down. And I thought I had a Clown show of Oddities.
  • by Clowns in Space!!! on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM
    Maybe Orly Taitz who is so confounded by Obama not showing up at her birther BS inquiry...­maybe she could be next...Cai­n is off the rails, and the GOP is headed for the bottom of the canyon. F&F
  • by Earl K. on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    That's it Herman, throw Newt a lead life preserver while he is on the Titanic going down. Your endorsemen­t will do it. I'm betting Mr. Cain made that decision when he found out how cool Newt was in trying to get his wife to agree to an open marriage. Sleezebags always stick together.
  • by Who would have thought on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    Like father, like son. Like adulterer like another adulterer. Of course I expected Herman Cain, the adulterer, racist and women groper to endorse Newt Gingrich, another adulterer, racist and women groper. Both will lose the election the nomination and election.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    Ha ha ha, like GW Bush endorsing McCain! And we all know how that went.

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