Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told a conference call of tea party activists on Sunday night that it was the liberal media that forced him out of the 2012 presidential race.
“I am as broken hearted as others about having to pull out,” Cain said, “but I couldn’t continue to try and run a race when you have a liberal media and others who did not want to see me succeed and to see us succeed — constantly fighting false accusations.”
Cain suspended his campaign for president following a series of news stories about women who accused him of harassment and infidelity dating back to the 1990s.
He made the comments as an introductory speaker on a tele-forum with activists associated with the Tea Party Patriots organization.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s Arizona state chairman defended him against allegations that he had a 13-year affair with Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White.
Lori Klein, an Arizona state Senator, told CBS News that she has known him for 12 years and he’s “never been anything but a gentleman — and I am not an unattractive woman.” She added that in politics, “we want a virgin to do a hooker’s job.” She also said that if Cain is innocent, he should sue White for libel.
White claimed a thirteen-year affair with Cain in a report released by Fox 5 Atlanta on Monday. She said she knew that he was married and described the relationship as “fun” and “exciting” but was aware that she was involved in a”very inappropriate situation.” Cain denied the relationship, saying that White “is an acquaintance that I thought was a friend.” Cain has also denied multiple allegations of sexual harassment in the past month.
Cain told his staff on Tuesday that he is reassessing his candidacy in the wake of the allegations and will make a decision on whether to remain in the race in the next several days.
Last July, Klein took a pink handgun out of her purse and pointed it at the chest of Arizona Republicreporter Richard Ruelas. “Oh, it’s so cute,” she said before aiming it at him to show off the red beam of the laser sight. The gun has no safety, but Klein said that she didn’t have her hand on the trigger.
HUFFINGTON POST CLARIFICATION: This article has clarified the language regarding Lori Klein’s defense of Herman Cain and allegations that he conducted an affair with Ginger White.
If there was ever a shred of doubt that Herman Cain is anything more than a low-life, bigoted snake oil salesman, there should not be now. The more we learn of this man, the more distasteful he becomes.
He did have a slight worry at one point during the chemotherapy process when he discovered that one of the surgeon’s name was “Dr. Abdallah.”
“I said to his physician assistant, I said, ‘That sounds foreign–not that I had anything against foreign doctors–but it sounded too foreign,” Cain tells the audience. “She said, ‘He’s from Lebanon.’ Oh, Lebanon! My mind immediately started thinking, wait a minute, maybe his religious persuasion is different than mine! She could see the look on my face and she said, ‘Don’t worry, Mr. Cain, he’s a Christian from Lebanon.’”
“Hallelujah!” Cain says. “Thank God!”
What a disgusting little man. I wonder what Cain would say if he heard of a white man saying of his black doctor: “His skin looks dark – not that I have anything against dark-skinned doctors – but it does look too dark.” Or what about a Jewish man hesitant about his Christian doctor, saying: “His name doesn’t sound Jewish – not that I have anything against gentiles – but it does sound too Christian.”
There is something seriously wrong with a political party which allows bigots, racists, homophobes and slimeballs of the Herman Cain variety within its leadership ranks. Bigots can be found everywhere but no political party applauds them like Republicans do.
At a press conference in Florida today, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain — whose foreign policy maxim is “peace through strength and clarity” — attempted to clarify his stance on Libya following his epic whiffing of a question on the country this week.
Unfortunately for the former pizza executive, he only muddled things further today. First he attempted to blame the interviewer for not being “specific” enough and for supposedly selectively editing Cain’s response. (Over five uncut minutes of his remarks are visible on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s website.) Then, Cain erroneously claimed that the Taliban has taken control in Libya:
Do I agree with siding with the opposition? Do I agree with saying that Qadhafi should go? Do I agree that they now have a country where you’ve got Taliban and Al Qaeda that’s going to be part of the government? … Do I agree with not knowing the government was going to — which part was he asking me about? I was trying to get him to be specific and he wouldn’t be specific.
Of course, the Taliban exists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, not Libya.
Pathetic but not surprising is how I would describe Herman Cain’s latest ‘oops’ moment. So blatantly ignorant was Cain’s inability to respond directly to a question on Libya – as current a major event as is out there – that if this doesn’t end his presidential run, I’m not sure what will.
Conservative media is turning against him (“Cain makes Rick Perry look like a Mensa president“), while diehard fans point fingers at the usual bogeymen and in the process prove once more that stupid is never pretty.
…this is more to do with the media, technology and media bias, than Cain’s lack of knowledge.
Today, almost everything is done under the eagle eye of camera and sound. When the MSM does the interviews, the MSM decides what the public will see or hear or read.
Cain’s error was in not knowing his limits, when to say yes to interviews and when to cancel and rest up. Two weeks of intense attacks and responses certainly would have put him off his game.
Fewer of those biased eagle eyes trained on Cain and the man would be doing great.
The man with “a lot of stuff twirling around in his head” is a moron. End of story. The Tea Party’s attempt to prove they’re not a racist bunch was slightly amusing and fun to watch for a while. Unfortunately for them, they chose an idiot and a creep who practices sexual harassment on women in his employ, to play the role of Black Republican. Failed. Time to move on.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain struggled to answer a question about U.S. foreign policy toward Libya in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel editorial board Monday.
“Okay, Libya,” said Cain, glancing up. “President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of [Muammar] Gaddafi. Just wanted to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, ‘Yes, I agreed.
No, I didn’t agree,'” said Cain.”I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason,” Cain started, before cutting himself off. “Nope, that’s a different one.” Cain shifted in his chair, adjusted his jacket and looked up again.”I got all this stuff twirling around in my head,” he added.
Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain sat down with three GQ reporters to talk pizza, ice cream and his campaign in an interview published Monday.
The reporters asked him about which ice cream flavor his opponents were.
He said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is often perceived as boring, is “just plain vanilla.” Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has stumbled in his campaign after being the frontrunner in late August shortly after his campaign started, was “rocky road.” When asked about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), he said, “Michele Bachmann … I’m not going to say it. I’m not going to say it.” When pressed again, he said, “Tutti-frutti. I know I’m going to get in trouble!”
After former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called Cain the “flavor of the week” in a September Fox News appearance, Cain said on “The Tonight Show” that he was “Haagen-Dazs Black Walnut” and that the flavor “lasts longer than a week.”
He said in another interview, “I can eat black walnut all the time — it’s not a flavor of the week! It’s not that heavy. You can eat it on the cone or in a cup.” Haagen Dazs no longer makes the flavor, which was a limited edition.
In the interview with GQ, Cain also said the prospect of a Bachmann presidency would make him “a little nervous.” He said twice that the Minnesota congresswoman “doesn’t have a plan” on the economy. Bachmann has criticized Cain for his 999 tax plan and said that he has an inconsistent record on abortion. (Cain gave contradictory answers on his abortion stance in interviews last month.)
Bachmann and Cain, however, both said they would use waterboarding as president Saturday night in a GOP debate in South Carolina, which Cain said was not torture.
Cain was also asked by GQ what you can tell about a man by the kind of pizza he likes. “The more toppings a man has has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is,” he said. However, he said a pizza “piled high with vegetables” was “sissy pizza.”
The interview took place before allegations surface that Cain had sexual harassed women when he was president of the National Restaurant Association. Monday afternoon, high-profile attorney Gloria Allred will be holding a press conference with a former boyfriend of Sharon Bialek, who worked at the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation.
Bialek, with Allred at her side in a press conference last Monday, accused Cain of groping her in 1997. Cain has denied remembering Bialek and has maintained that he never sexually harassed anyone.
A story in today’s New York Times offers a disturbing look at the smear tactics and threats the Cain campaign is using to intimidate the four women accusing the candidate of sexual harassment, and any women that might come forward in the future:
L. Lin Wood, the lawyer hired by the Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to fend off sexual harassment accusations, has warned that any other women who might be considering coming forward with similar allegations “should think twice.”
On Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after Karen Kraushaar identified herself as one of two women who had received monetary settlements relating to harassment allegations against Mr. Cain while working for the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s, Ms. Kraushaar faced questions about a workplace complaint she filed at a subsequent job… Hours later, Rush Limbaugh seized on that report to argue that Ms. Kraushaar has “a pattern of whining.” […]
[S]he and the others confronted the challenges of taking on a presidential candidate: intensive scrutiny of their backgrounds and motives, encouraged and amplified in this case by conservative news outlets and commentators whose support for Mr. Cain as he battles the allegations has helped him weather the crisis so far.
Cain and his defenders aren’t bothering to conceal their intention to silence would-be accusers with bullying. The campaign has hired investigators to dig up dirt on the women. Many respected media outlets are becoming willing accomplices in the diversion of questioning the alleged victims rather than investigating Cain’s conduct.
A fourth woman is accusing Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment — and this time, there is a name and a face to go along with the allegations.
Sharon Bialek, who is a registered Republican and tea party supporter, told reporters Monday that the then-CEO of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) had put his hand “under my skirt and reached for my genitals” while she was meeting with him about a job in mid-July 1997.
“She reached out to Mr. Cain for help in finding another job,” attorney Gloria Allred explained. “Mr. Cain, instead, decided to provide her with his idea of a stimulus package.”
Herman Cain’s wife, Gloria, will not be appearing on the Fox News Channel on Friday night after all, a person close to the talks told the Caucus.
Ms. Cain had indicated to the network earlier in the week that she would appear on “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren” on Friday night, but apparently had a change of heart. The person familiar with the talks, who requested anonymity to discuss private conversations, said that Ms. Cain did not entirely close the door on appearing on the network some time in the future.
Her decision comes as her husband continues to face questions about accusations of sexual harassment while chief executive of the National Restaurant Association.