Cain’s Camp: ‘We Want A Virgin To Do A Hooker’s Job’


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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.

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Herman Cain Talks ‘Sissy Pizza,’ Michele Bachmann’s Ice Cream Flavor

I really tried to avoid talking about Cain more than once today, but the clown keeps putting his foot in his mouth...KStreet

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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.

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Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Accusations: GOP Presidential Candidate Denies Politico Report

Well, the squeaky clean Mr. Cain might not be so immaculate after all.  Oh my, what will his Teapublican followers say now?

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GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain has denied a report alleging that he sexually harassed women during his time as head of the National Restaurant Association.

Politico released a story Sunday evening, noting that at least two female employees made complaints about Cain:

During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

In a statement given to the Associated Press, Cain’s campaign labeled the Politico report as “dredging up thinly sourced allegations” from his tenure at the trade group. Spokesman J.D. Gordon told the AP that the claims include “unsubstantiated personal attacks”, adding that the press is “casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.”

Cain’s camp entered Sunday riding an Iowa high. A key Des Moines Register poll unveiled on Saturday shows the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza in a virtual tie with rival Mitt Romney for the lead in the GOP 2012 primary.

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Herman Cain Stumbling Under Glare Of National Spotlight

That’s what happens when one pretends to be a candidate for the Presidency of the United States.  I suspect Mr. Cain just wanted to sell books and stumbled into the national spotlight quite accidentally.

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Herman Cain is learning the hard way what it means to face the glare of the national spotlight.

After captivating Republicans hungry for an alternative to 2012 GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, Cain has made a series of stumbles that have left some questioning whether he’s ready for the White House.

His words and actions have drawn more scrutiny since his rise in the polls catapulted him into the top tier of the race for the party’s white House nomination.

But Cain has sometimes appeared to be in over his head. Consider what’s happened over the past week:

_He suggested electrifying a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico to kill illegal immigrants trying to enter the United States. Cain later called it a joke and apologized if anyone was offended by the remarks.

_He said he would negotiate for the release of U.S. prisoners held by terrorists, then reversed himself and said he had misunderstood the question.

_He muddied the water on abortion. He told CNN that while he strongly opposes abortion, “the government shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make.” He later issued a statement reiterating his opposition to abortion.

_Amid criticism that his 9-9-9 tax overhaul would force the majority of Americans to pay more to the government, he reworked the plan to exclude the poorest people and to allow some deductions. Backers of Cain’s original plan had praised its simplicity, and carving out exceptions could erode that support.

Through it all, Cain has appeared unflappable. He chalks up the reversals to the breakneck pace of the race.

“In a couple of instances … I misspoke because of the pace of the interview. I don’t call it a flip-flop. I’d rather come back and explain to people what I really meant,” Cain said Friday after an economic speech in Detroit. “It doesn’t send mixed messages. It just shows that I’m willing to correct myself … if in fact I need to correct myself for clarity. That’s what I’m trying to achieve.”

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Live-Blogging The GOP Primary Debate

I’m going with Think Progress’ live blogging of the GOP Primary Debate which is being shown live on CNN.  The main reason is that they’re fact checking many of the statements being made by the participants…

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9:59: Romney praises the rest of the field: “Anyone on this stage would be a better president than President Obama.”

9:58: Ron Paul can’t say whether there’s another person on stage that he would bring into his administration, needs to quiz them more about their views on the Fed Reserve.

9:46: Michele Bachmann criticizes President Obama for “leading from behind” in Libya. What would she say about Nelson Mandela who has also advocated for “leading from behind“?

9:44: Ron Paul doesn’t agree. “I wouldn’t wait for the generals. I’m the Commander-in-Chief. I’d bring them home as soon as possible!” Adds, “We can save hundreds of billions of dollars” by withdrawing from Afghanistan.

9:43: Romney says we should bring our troops home when we can hand the country off to the “Taliban military.” Then corrects himself, “Afghan military.”

9:40: Pawlenty finally shows some of the decisiveness that everyone has been waiting for. Unfortunately, it comes in response to the question “Coke or Pepsi?”

9:32: Herman Cain comes out for repealing birthright citizenship in direct violation of the 14th Amendment. When asked whether he thinks the children of illegal immigrants who are born in America should be citizens, he said, “I don’t think so.”

9:31: Pawlenty claims that birthright citizenship was created by “liberal justices.” But the first Supreme Court case recognizing birthright citizenship was in 1898. Pawlenty also suggested he would appoint justices who would roll back this more than 100 year old decision.

9:28: Ron Paul references the “border between Iraq and Afghanistan” which does not exist.

9:25: Bachmann dodges question about whether she thinks there should be abortion exceptions such as rape, incest, or for the mother’s health in anti-abortion legislation. She says she stands for life and that the exceptions only make up a tiny fraction of cases.

9:24: Rick Santorum says, “I’ve taken the bullets” on the abortion issue. Probably not the best turn of phrase.

9:23: Pawlenty did not say if he would reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but he has previously said that he would bring back the policy and would even go after the funding needed to lift the ban on open service.

9:22: Cain wouldn’t have overturned Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but he’ll leave it in place if he inherits it. Romney thinks it should have stayed in place until “conflict was over.”

9:21: Cain agrees that it’s a state decision. Pawlenty says he supports a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

9:21: Bachmann reiterates her opposition to gay marriage, but says “it isn’t the role of a President to go into a state and interfere with state law.” She says that, as president, she would not travel to New Hampshire to campaign for a repeal of gay marriage. Pledging that she will not interfere with host state’s marriage law, Bachmann’s response is met with overwhelming applause.

9:16: Romney auditions for sportscaster role, announces Boston Bruins are winning 4-0.

9:11: Mitt Romney notes that “of course, we’re not going to have Sharia law applied in U.S courts. That’s never going to happen. We have a constitution. We follow the law.”

9:11: Responding to Herman Cain explaining his Sharia law comments, Mitt Romney, whom some view skeptically because he is Mormon, says we need to focus instead on religious tolerance and turns it back to the Constitution instead.

9:10: Cain stakes bold stand he would not have any Muslims who want to kill him in his administration.

9:08: Cain gets asked about he’d appoint a Muslims, a question first asked by ThinkProgress in late March. He says the question was about feeling “comfortable” with a Muslim in his cabinet. Here is the transcript, where he is clearly asked by TP’s Scott Keyes’ about appointing Muslim Americans:

KEYES: You came under a bit of controversy this week for some of the comments made about Muslims in general. Would you be comfortable appointing a Muslim, either in your cabinet or as a federal judge?

CAIN: No, I will not.

9:02: 9:00: Cain says he supports Social Security privatization. He says we can’t slow down on entitlement reform because soon “It’s going to be our grandkids in that wheelchair they’re throwing off the bridge.”

8:58: Paul Ryan’s plan is nothing like Medicare Part D.

8:58: Newt Gingrich explains that his description of the Ryan plan as “right-wing social engineering” was only in response to a very narrow question. Some good, some bad in it, he says.

8:58: Ron Paul says Americans need to be weaned off of Social Security and specifically says the elderly and children have become “so dependent on the government.”

8:55: Medicare is fully solvent until 2024. After 2024, the hospital fund will still be able to meet “90 percent” of its commitments.

8:53: Ron Paul claims Medicare isn’t currently solvent. Pawlenty also asserts it’s not solvent.

8:49: Asked about the funding of FEMA in cases of emergencies areas like the recent disaster in Joplin, MO, Romney says we should focus on moving more responsibility to the states and privatizing FEMA disaster relief.

8:47: Cain sticks up for government regulation: “Federal government should be doing food safety, yes.” House Republicans are currently trying to defund a major food safety bill passed last December.

8:46: Newt bashes government’s role in space flight, wants to privatize it and “get to a real space program that works.” All those flights to the moon apparently didn’t work. NASA is an example of how bureaucracy can’t work, Gingrich says, but what about all of the innovations NASA’s research led to?

8:41: After claiming credit for the successful auto industry bailout, Romney now says “the bailout program was not a success because [it] wasted a lot of money.”

8:41: Romney won’t admit that he was wrong when he wrote in 2008 that, if the American automakers were rescued by the government, you can “kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.”

8:36: Asked to choose between Johnny Cash and Elvis, Bachmann chooses “both.”

8:31: John King asks the hard-hitting question: “Leno or Conan?” Santorum responds, “Probably Leno…I don’t watch either.”

8:31: Gingrich calls for defunding the National Labor Relations Board due to the NLRB’s attempt to stop Boeing from union-busting. Cain says the NLRB’s move is “killing the free market system.”

8:31: Pawlenty kisses up to hate radio, declares most of his family of “Reagan Democrats” listens to Rush Limbaugh.

8:30: Bachmann attacks the EPA and says it should be renamed the “job killing organization of America.”

8:27: A secret from Tim Pawlenty’s dark past — he was in a union.

8:26: Like Cain did earlier, Ron Paul endorses a tax holiday that would be a multi-billion dollar giveaway to multinational corporations.

8:25: John King wants to know how to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Here’s a graph showing how those jobs have declined in the United States.

8:24: Santorum touts Paul Ryan’s plan to change the food stamp program, which the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found would “throw millions of low-income families off the rolls, cut benefits by thousands of dollars a year, or some combination of the two.”

8:23: Bachmann makes her 2nd big announcement of the evening: “I want to announce tonight that President Obama is a one-term president!”

8:20: Romney promised to issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. But the executive branch and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) don’t have the authority to grant blanket waivers — those powers are reserved for Congress.

8:19: Is Newt Gingrich now running to get a Republican majority in the Senate instead of running for president? He says they need to look beyond just the presidency instead of focusing on issues like health care.

8:17: John King is trying to out Pawlenty for using the term “Obamneycare.” Pawlenty sheepishly refuses to defend the term. Instead, he blames President Obama.

8:14: Bachmann claimed that the Congressional Budget Office said the Affordable Care Act will kill 800,000 jobs. That’s not what the CBO said.

8:12: Mitt Romney appeared to tepidly endorse Pawlenty’s laughably unrealistic economic plan, saying “The ideas Tim described are in the right wheelhouse.”

8:11: Bachmann announced, “I filed today my paperwork” and will “very soon be making my formal announcement.” Isn’t that a formal announcement?

8:08: Pawlenty sure hammers on the 5 percent economic growth a lot for not having reached that when he was governor.

8:07: Rick Santorum says Obama has put a stop sign on drilling. Not true. Oil production is the highest in a decade.

8:06: Cain endorses a tax holiday that a slew of multinational corporations have been pushing for. It would cost $78 billion over ten years.

8:03: It’s a GOP debate…on CNN. So what is Fox doing tonight? Airing an interview with Karl Rove.

8:01: Sen. Rick Santorum starts by citing his “substantial executive experience.” Santorum was never a governor.


Loyalty oaths, Google tests, Google problems, creeping Sharia, Obamneycare…we can’t wait to hear what comes out of the mouths of GOP presidential contenders next. Tonight, ThinkProgress will be live-blogging the debate right here.

As GOP 2012 Field Firms Up, So Does Discontent Over The GOP 2012 Field

As usual, HuffPo’s Jason Linkins nails it…

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So the word is out! The GOP field for the 2012 nomination is set. And the enthusiasm is pretty much not palpable. But why is that? By my reckoning, the current field includes:

  • The Guy Who Invented ObamaCare (Mitt Romney)
  • The Guy Who Imploded 48 Hours After Announcing (Newt Gingrich)
  • The Guy Who Is The “Secret Progressive” (Jon Huntsman)
  • The Pizza Guy (Herman Cain; if you’re not satisfied with your pizza, be sure to check out Cain’s right of return policy)
  • The Guy With The “Google Problem” (Rick Santorum)
  • America’s Most Beloved Libertarian (Ron Paul)
  • America’s Most Beloved Libertarian On Weed (Gary Johnson)
  • Maybe, America’s Top Internet Troll (Sarah Palin)
  • Probably, America’s Top Michele Bachmann (Michele Bachmann)
  • Two Dudes Who The GOP Have Made Into Apostates For Being Anti-Lobbyist and Pro-LGBT Rights, Respectively (Buddy Roemer, Fred Karger)
  • And Finally, Ol’ What’s His Name, The Guy Who’s Not Mitch Daniels (Tim Pawlenty)

Hey, that includes three people (Romney, Gingrich, and Huntsman) who have, in the past, supported the individual health insurance mandate that’s now a taboo topic in conservative circles.

And so, the National Review‘s Rich Lowry is wondering, “Is This It?

How’s this for an impressive Republican lineup?A likable former governor and TV personality; a two-term governor with an unmatched fiscal record; another former governor with the best education-reform credentials in the country; a rising star in the House; and a photogenic senator from the heartland.

They are Mike Huckabee, Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, Mike Pence, and John Thune. The Republicans sitting out the 2012 nomination battle would themselves make a formidable field. Indeed, more formidable than the actual entrants. The hottest place to be in Republican politics right now is sitting on the sidelines.

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