Herman Cain: No Endorsements Today Or Anytime Soon

It looks like the rumors circulating this morning aren’t true, since Herman Cain himself said today that he’s not making any endorsement any time soon:

On a conference call this morning with more than 100 staffers and supporters, Herman Cain said that he will not endorse another Republican presidential candidate today, and that he has no plans to back anyone anytime soon.

“I am not endorsing anybody today or in the very immediate future,” he said. “I can’t say I won’t endorse, but not in the immediate timeframe.”

But Cain added that he would eventually endorse. “It’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen. I have a process in mind that I’m going to go through in order to determine who I could possibly endorsement… It won’t happen today. Most likely, it won’t happen this week. They can calm down about that expectation.”

It makes one wonder what the back story behind the rumors might be. Wishful thinking? An effort to smoke Cain out? Who knows.

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  1. michael reynolds says:

    What a dumbass. His endorsement is worth 2 points today, 1 point tomorrow, and zero points thereafter.

    Herman: your 15 minutes are up.

  2. mattb says:

    @michael reynolds
    My guess is that he’s going to wait and back a winner. Picking someone who flames out early won’t help his “pundit” standing.

    Personally, I suspect he’s taking a page from Trump and Palin — drag things out and the media will keep coming to you as an easy story. I tend to think he’ll be flirting with an endorsement for a few weeks in order to get the highest amount of media coverage.

    The key thing it needs to learn from Palin is wait too long and better stories come around.

  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    Could it be he thinks he really has “suspended” his campaign? As in, he can restart it soon?

  4. Montanareddog says:

    You must also remember that he does not know who to endorse, nor should he be expected to know who to endorse. After all he cannot be expected to know everything. So he will make a decision once he has consulted with his “experts”.

  5. Fran says:

    Oh, how I’d love to see Mr. Cain support Allen West for the presidency! You see…I’m one of those white Tea Party bigots!