Cain's headed for a slowdown
October 28th, 2011
10:46 AM ET
2 years ago

Cain's headed for a slowdown

(CNN) – Herman Cain is gearing up to slow down the pace of his presidential effort, according to one of his top aides.

J.D. Gordon, the campaign's vice president for communications, said Cain will try to avoid future gaffes by achieving a "more deliberative pace" on the trail.

"We're trying to slow down a little bit, make sure he's rested, make sure he's focused," J.D. Gordon told The Daily Beast and CNN's Howard Kurtz.

Gordon, who only recently joined the campaign, added that mistakes happen when a candidate is conducting seven or eight events a day and does not use a teleprompter, as is the case with Cain.

The comments follow a string of statements and staff defections that have received negative press.

Gordon said a lack of sleep was partially to blame for Cain's comments to CNN's Piers Morgan about abortion and his comments to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the possibility of a prisoner exchange with detainees in Guantanamo Bay that he quickly retracted.

The abortion flare up has yet to die down and the campaign attempted to clarify the former pizza executive's stance again Thursday. After saying he was "pro-life, no exceptions," a Cain campaign adviser said he "learned more about the issue" and that he would now support abortions in instances of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at stake.

"People understand he's not a career politician; he's very spontaneous, they know how fast he's going," Gordon said. "People give him more leeway than they would someone who's in Congress or a governor."

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. edpeters101

    "It's time for Michele Bachmann to go,", and Keep Cain? I say keep them both, and Perry also! I haven't laughed this hard in ages,,,,

    October 28, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. bgkc

    Haven't even reached the primaries and we're getting excuses......that, or there is no way this guy is even physically capable of carrying the nomination, much less the presidency.

    October 28, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    How about this: avoid gaffes by quitting and going back to his radio show, where spouting irresponsible statements, unfounded accusations and economic ideas based in some dreamworld are rewarded with big bucks by gullible, desperate right-wing sponsors?

    October 28, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Jilli

    Rest won't help this clown. Motivational speaking will only carry him so far – his intellectual laziness is too glaring. Although, he is the Koch supported candidate, so no amount of sleaziness will surprise me.

    October 28, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. steven harnack

    As for this story, it's pretty obvious that Cain's bosses have called him on the carpet about his straying off of the script. As a matter of fact it seems like all of the candidate's bosses have decided that they are exposing too much of themselves. I predict that there will soon be a lot less unscripted access to the national media. It's time to polish those tarnished images.

    October 28, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    This guy is a walking gaffe machine. The sad thing is is that he actually believes what he's preaching and when he's confronted about his stance, he says it was a joke. We don't need anymore clowns in the White House. We had that from 2000-2008.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    E. WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    October 28, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "People give him more leeway than they would someone who's in Congress or a governor."

    People gave him more leeway because most of us realized his campaign was a sham from the beginning, fully knowing that Cain never should have been deemed a serious candidate to begin with. He still isn't. Best keep selling that book, Herm. It's all your campaign was about anyway.

    October 28, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. w l jones

    One thing H.C. and Re. pub party is helping the economy BY keeping MISS CLAIROL in business if know what I mean. Bless.

    October 28, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. one voice

    Just another know nothing CORPORATE SHILL

    October 28, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Ric

    "added that mistakes happen when a candidate is conducting seven or eight events a day and does not use a teleprompter" Huh? You can't use a teleprompter when answering questions from an interviewer. Hey, but you can write on your hand! Ask Sarah for a pen.

    October 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    This guy is a walking gaffe machine.
    ============================
    Sorry, VP Crazy Joe Biden already holds this title! Always helps to have a VP that the whole world is laughing at and waiting for his next crazy statement.

    As for Cain, he's doing pretty good considering he's new to politics and now everybody is targeting him since he's become a front runner.

    October 28, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Herman Cain ad ran on all cable tv plus one million hit. Media try to pain his bid to white house is joke but media become joke ran his ad free
    Smart moved by Herman Cain
    Herman Cain 2012

    October 28, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. carlos

    J.D. Gordon, the campaign's vice president for communications, said Cain will try to avoid future gaffes by achieving a "more deliberative pace" on the trail.

    He is THE GAFFE

    October 28, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Woman In California

    Don't worry when the TP feels he been "used" enough – he'll slow down permanently and he can blame HIMSELF for HIS failure.

    October 28, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    But wait...I thought using a teleprompter (as Obama does) is the height of "know nothing but recite what is written down" according to the tightie rightie critics of the President?? I saw Duh Duh Duh-bya Redux the other day using one. Now Herm is going to? Where are the snarky "teleprompter president" comments now??? Oh yeah. Since it's Obama it's a bad thing but these walking gaffers are given a pass. How typical. In any case, Herm would be the best present the Republicans could give to Obama, ensuring his reelection with no problem

    October 28, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. MTATL67

    Politico speak for "Think before you speak". He will never be President and he knows it, we all know it.

    October 28, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. rapierpoint

    And how many gaffes were attributed to the current President during the 2008 campaign and were excused because of teleprompter problems or hectic schedule? Come on, people, it was only a few years ago. Or are excuses ok when it's a candidate for your own side?

    October 28, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. lisa2010

    and this man wants to become president, when he can't seem to speak right when he doesn't have enough sleep... doesn't he know that being a president is a 24 hour job... if he can't seem to think right when he doesn't have enough sleep, what will happen if he has to make a vital decision on our lives when it comes to foreign policies, and he starts an all out war, he can't go back and said "OOPS" i made a mistake.. no, take this clown off the presidential candidates list, and send him back to his big corporations....

    October 28, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. carlos

    We're trying to slow down a little bit, make sure he's rested, make sure he's focused," J.D. Gordon told The Daily Beast and CNN's Howard Kurtz.

    well, go join W at his ranch

    October 28, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Dixie

    The Tea Party rules. Not a true Republican in the race. Paul is intelligent, and Newt knows politics, but neither will be elected. Just a bunch of religious nuts trying to force their skewed beliefs on the rest of us. Romney is probably the sanest, but he won't beat President Obama. No respect here for the tea party ... they think all Americans are stupid.

    October 28, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. al in memphis

    "People understand he's not a career politician; he's very spontaneous, they know how fast he's going,
    ________________________________________________

    AS opposed to being well thought out and clear in your message. Is the doorway to getting elected determined by who can be the master of the soundbites. Probably, because they know that's all we have time for. No wonder we digging ourselves out of a big mess.

    October 28, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Just a bunch of religious nuts trying to force their skewed beliefs on the rest of us.
    =================================================================
    As opposed to a bunch of leftists trying to force their beliefs on the rest of us??

    Romney is probably the sanest, but he won't beat President Obama.
    =====================================================
    Which is why polls showing him beating Obama NOW. Dream on...

    October 28, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Kremmers

    "People give him more leeway than they would someone who's in Congress or a governor."

    Um, yeah, why would we give anyone who has the intention of running our country any kind of leeway? What is this, some sort of game?

    October 28, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    Gordon, who only recently joined the campaign, added that mistakes happen when a candidate is conducting seven or eight events a day and does not use a teleprompter, as is the case with Cain.
    -----------------
    Good answer. Just admit that your candidate is incapable of original, spontaneous thoughts and ideas.

    October 28, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Vince

    If he's having this much trouble keeping up so early...maybe he isn't presidential material.

    October 28, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |