Herman Cain Close to Switching Endorsement to Mitt Romney

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 10, 2012   |   1:49PM   |   Washington, DC

Former pro-life Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who led the GOP field at one time, is currently an endorser of former opponent Newt Gingrich. However, the former pizza company executive appears ready to sign up to support Mitt Romney.

“The numbers are on Mitt Romney’s side. I have always said I will support whoever the nominee is and it looks like Mitt Romney’s going to be that nominee, and we do need to get behind him,” Cain said on Fox News. “I remind people all the time … ‘Keep your eye on the mission.’ And the mission is to get control of the Senate, maintain control of the House and defeat Barack Obama. That means get behind the nominee, so, yes, I’m ready to get behind the nominee.”

Cain also told the television station that the campaign will tighten up in the polls after Romney becomes the nominee. Republicans are still split between Romney, Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul but most observers believe the eventual nominee will see conservative and independent voters unite behind the nominee against Obama.

“Yes, President Obama is very likable to most people if you just look at him and his family. But if you look at his policies which is what most people disagree with, it’s a different story,” Cain said. “So I believe there’s still a huge opportunity for Mitt Romney.”

“They’re going to have to be excited about candidates down ticket. This isn’t just about who’s going to be president, even though that’s the most important one,” Cain said. “But they’ll also have to be excited about other candidates down ticket.”