Jon Stewart is sorry to see any Pokémon-quoting candidate suspend his campaign, so to memorialize Herman Cain's run coming to an end, he cued up his own inspirational moments from Pokémon: the Movie 2000. Cain, as you've heard, wistfully recalled (once again) the film's poignant end-credit lyrics "life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it's never easy when there's so much on the line" to encapsulate his turbulent campaign.
Oddly, Stewart pointed out the line wasn't "even the most insipirational quote" in the movie. After a summoning Mewtoo to dispense a few words of wisdom about rising above your circumstances, he then quipped: "Of course, considering what led Cain to drop out of the race, this is the Pokémon 2000 line he really should have quoted." A Pokémon clip of some shell-looking character we can't remember then sighed dejectedly: "I could use pants."
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