The GOP's New Wild Card: Herman Cain

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  1. QueEx

    QueEx Super Moderator

    Cain tells staff he's reassessing his campaign

    McClatchy Newspapers
    By David Goldstein
    November 29, 2011

    WASHINGTON — Embattled presidential hopeful Herman Cain told his staff Tuesday that he was reassessing his campaign after allegations that he'd carried on a 13-year extramarital affair.

    Cain, one of the top-tier Republican contenders in the 2012 field, repeated his denials from Monday, when Ginger White, an unemployed single mother from Atlanta, leveled the claim in a televised interview with Atlanta's Fox station WAGA.

    "I deny those charges, unequivocally," Cain told his campaign staff, according to a transcript of the call, first reported by National Review Online. "That being said, obviously this is a cause for reassessment. ... We have to do a reassessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people's minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth."

    Cain is also the subject of earlier allegations that he'd sexually harassed several women in the 1990s while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association. He's denied those as well.

    White's allegations Monday have added to the obstacles confronting his presidential effort, which were nowhere in sight a few weeks ago when his campaign suddenly soared.

    Cain drew only 6 percent in a CNN national poll of Republican voters in early September. By mid-October, support for the charismatic former Godfather's Pizza chief executive had vaulted to 25 percent, putting him into a dead heat with front-runner Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.

    Cain's backing dipped to 14 percent earlier this month after the sexual harassment claims emerged. But he remains in a four-way tie in Iowa with Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, according to a recent Bloomberg News poll.

    "He still has levels of support," said Republican pollster David Winston, a longtime ally of Gingrich. "There are all these accusations out there. I think what you're seeing the public doing in response is taking them seriously. It's also waiting for proof."

    The tolerance of Republican voters could be tested, however. The first ballots to be cast in the presidential race will be Jan. 3 in Iowa. But if Cain's image becomes one of a lightning rod for trouble, he might not last that long.


  2. BlackWolf

    BlackWolf Member

    Michael Steele Advises Herman Cain

    WASHINGTON -- Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele spoke Tuesday with embattled GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain and offered him this advice: "Think long and hard about what you do next and how you go about it."

    "I said, I'm not going to go out here and blow you up and call on you to get out of the race," Steele recounted in a phone interview. "If you decide to stay in the voters are going to let you know how they feel about that."

    He also told Cain: "It's not just about the presidential campaign anymore. It's about your wife and your family and your own credibility, and your opportunities and options beyond this moment."

    "This is serious. There are impacts and ramifications not just for Herman and his family but for the party as a whole," Steele said.

    Steele and Cain are two of the best-known black conservatives in the country, and have known one another for over a decade, Steele said. The two men talked on the phone Tuesday as Cain told senior aides that he was "reassessing" his candidacy after an Atlanta woman named Ginger White said Monday that she and Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair.

    Steele, who came under immense pressure himself to resign from the RNC during his tenure there and is now a paid analyst for MSNBC, said he did not push Cain to make a decision one way or another.

    "A lot of people want to pontificate and tell him what he should do and what he must do. And I don't know how many of those folks have actually said, 'I'm not here to tell you what to do but to let you know a friend is with you, and b, your heart will tell you what to do next,'" Steele said.

    "You know the truth. You know the facts. You know the realities. And you've got to evaluate all of that, in toto, and say to [Cain's wife] Gloria, you know, 'We can do this.' Because she may say to you, 'No we can't.'"

    Steele also said he thought race had, to some degree, colored the Republican party's response to the numerous allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct lodged against Cain by several different women.

    "Race is not involved to the extent that decisions and choices are made by an individual. They don't do it along the lines of race. How you're perceived and how you then take those decisions and choices gets colored, maybe, through a racial lens," Steele said.

    But when asked to clarify whether he thinks Cain has been treated differently than a white politician would be if he were in the same situation, Steele indicated he did not think so.

    "I don't think that Congressman [Anthony] Weiner's time was any easier or harder than Herman Cain's at this moment," Steele said. "In fact I think Herman's would be a little bit worse because he is running for president of the United States. It's not like he's a congressman who can't keep his fingers off of his Twitter buttons."
  3. ronmch20

    ronmch20 Well-Known Member

    Re: Michael Steele Advises Herman Cain

    Lotta words but after all the bullshit he's saying to Cain, albeit tactfully, get the fuck out!!!! :rolleyes:
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011
  4. QueEx

    QueEx Super Moderator

    Re: Michael Steele Advises Herman Cain

    This. Good advice.


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  6. thoughtone

    thoughtone Well-Known Member

    Re: Has-been Herman Cain rips Obama's speech


    "If you can't get enough votes to become the Republican presidential nominee (like Ron Paul), blame yourself!"
  7. yureeka9

    yureeka9 The Enlightened One...

    Re: Has-been Herman Cain rips Obama's speech

    lol @ title!!!:lol::lol::lol:
  8. deputy dawg

    deputy dawg Well-Known Member

    Re: Has-been Herman Cain rips Obama's speech

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  9. QueEx

    QueEx Super Moderator

    Re: Has-been Herman Cain rips Obama's speech




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