(CNN) – Herman Cain described a recent web video from his presidential campaign that shows his chief of staff smoking a cigarette as “hilarious.”
The Republican candidate said the video is the latest example of his campaign sayings that include "Let Herman be Herman" and "Let Mark be Mark," a reference to his top adviser Mark Block.
"Mark happens to be a smoker," Cain said Wednesday on Fox News. "He knows it's a bad habit, but he smokes, and so we weren't trying to send any subliminal message whatsoever."
Monday's campaign video, which quickly gained traction, showed Block encouraging voters to back Cain before a shot of him exhaling cigarette smoke. On Tuesday, Block, who also serves as chief operating officer of Friends of Herman Cain, told CNN "America needs to get a sense of humor."
And the former Godfather's Pizza CEO stood by his man.
"We were in Vegas and we knew we wanted to put something new out there," Cain said. "I trusted Mark Block, which I still do and I thought he did a great job with the ad."
- CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.
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