The Washington Times - December 3, 2011, 04:15PM

During former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s announcement that he was suspending his campaign he mentioned that he would be endorsing a Republican candidate in the near future clearly hinting he was officially ending his own campaign soon. Mr. Cain only remarked briefly about who he would endorse following a description of his newly launched organization 

“That’s why today we’re launching where the people will choose not the media not the politicians and the people will show that the people are still in charge of this country through this new organization. I will still be promoting the biggest change and transfer of power out of Washington DC back to the people since this nation began and that is the 9 9 9 plan,” he said. 

SEE RELATED: is currently a one page fundraising site promoting Mr. Cain’s 9 9 9 business tax, income tax, and national sales tax plan. Similarly named, American Solutions, the fundraising/advocacy group once headed up by Newt Gingrich lasted for ten years until it shut it’s doors back in August after Mr. Gingrich decided to run for the presidency. 

In a statement from his website, Newt Gingrich said of Cain’s departure from the presidential campaign trail:

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.

Mr. Cain described further saying, “I will still be actively supporting an promoting a foreign policy that starts with peace through strength and clarity. I will still be promoting actively an energy independence plan for America. We can and we will become energy independent.”

Finally, Cain hinted at how he would use Cain Solutions as a vehicle to help change Washington from the outside and casually mentions he will be making an endorsement along the way. “One of the reasons I ran for president of the United States was such that I could change Washington DC from the inside,” he said.

“Plan B is that we’re going to have to change it from the outside. It’ll take a little longer. We’re going to have to work a little harder but we will change it from the outside.  One other thing. I will be making an endorsement in the near future.”

Gingrich and Cain developed strong political ties on the campaign trail and engaged in a Lincoln - Douglas style debate a few weeks ago. One must wonder with American Solutions shuttered and Cain solutions launched, along with Newt sitting on top of the current GOP primary polls, perhaps Herman Cain is laying down a foundation for a Newt Gingrich endorsement. 

“I don’t anticipate anything,” Gingrich said to Politico on Saturday about getting 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.” Like all of the other candidates still in the race, Mr. Gingrich spoke to Mr. Cain on Saturday prior Cain’s announcement. 

CNN is reporting that many of Cain’s supporters in New Hampshire jumped over to support Mr. Gingrich. According to CNN, New Hampshire’s Republican State Party Chairman Jack Kimball said on Saturday that “virtually all” former Cain supporters he knew “switched and decided to leave the [Cain] campaign went to Newt.” after news that Ginger White alleged she had a 13-year affair with Mr. Cain surfaced.

However, other candidates might have something to say about the support received by Gingrich as a result of Cain’s departure. CNN also reported that Alice Stewart, spokeswoman at the Michele Bachmann campaign for president, claimed that many of Cain’s supporters are coming over to Bachmann’s team.

Former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin put in some nice words for GOP presidential hopeful former Senator Rick Santorum, who may very well benefit from Cain dropping out of the race as well. Ms. Palin believes Santorum could end up surprising many in Iowa come January.