In a press conference today immediately after Herman Cain’s announcement that his campaign was suspended, Newt Gingrich referred to Cain as a “friend of mine.”
“I don’t anticipate anything,” Gingrich said in response to a question about whether he expected to receive an endorsement from Cain. “Herman Cain’s got to make up his own mind. I hope to meet with him sometime next week. I suspect he’ll meet with all the candidates.”
Below the jump are the official statements from Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, and Ron Paul, which primarily focus on Cain’s contribution to the tax-reform discussion.
Herman Cain’s 999 plan got our country talking about the critical issue of how to reform our tax code and he elevated the dialogue of the Republican presidential primary in the process. I am proud to know Herman Cain and consider him a friend. I know from having worked with him for more than a decade he will continue to be a powerful voice in the conservative movement for years to come.
Romney’s statement (from Facebook):
Herman Cain’s campaign was one of ideas. His announcement today was based on what was best for him and his family. We wish Herman and Gloria the very best.
Herman Cain provided an important voice to this process. His ideas and energy generated tremendous enthusiasm for the conservative movement at a time it was so desperately needed to restore confidence in our country. I wish Herman, his wife Gloria, and his family all the best.
Herman Cain offered a unique and valuable voice to the debate over how to reform our country’s uncompetitive tax code and turn around the economy. I understand his decision and wish him and his family the best.
I know this was a difficult decision for Herman Cain, his family and his supporters. He helped invigorate conservative voters and our nation with a discussion of major tax reform. Anita and I wish him and his entire family all the best.
Herman Cain brought energy and enthusiasm to the Republican nominating process, as well as a unique perspective on many domestic issues important to voters such as tax code reform and a pro-growth agenda favorable to the private sector. In light of his suspension of campaign activities, I want to wish Herman success in his future endeavors.
This post has been corrected since its original posting.