Cain gets testy with reporters
November 2nd, 2011
12:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Cain gets testy with reporters

Alexandria, Virginia (CNN) - All of the questions may be getting to Herman Cain.

The GOP presidential candidate was a bit touchy Wednesday when questioned by reporters about claims he sexually harassed two women in the late 1990's during his time as head of the National Restaurant Association.

Read the full story here.

"Don't even bother asking me all of these questions," Cain said to reporters.

Then the conservative businessman raised his voice.

"Excuse me," Cain yelled. "What part of no do you not understand," he asked.

The incident occurred inside a Northern Virginia hotel where Cain met with a group of conservative physicians.

Cain's security staff then pushed their way through a scrum of reporters and photographers to escort the candidate into a conference room where he made a statement to the doctors.

Reporters attempted to ask Cain whether he would call on the National Restaurant Association to release the two women from non-disclosure agreements that they reportedly signed in order to receive settlement payments from the lobbying group.

A lawyer representing one of the women told CNN he plans to ask the National Restaurant Association for a release from those agreements, citing Cain's comments as a potential violation of the conditions of those settlements.

Cain's Chief of Staff, Mark Block indicated talks to release the women from their non-disclosure agreements may be underway.

Holding a phone up to his ear, Block said to CNN: "This may be the call now."

"Should be an interesting 48 hours," he added.

The story on the harassment complaints and settlements were first reported by POLITICO.

Cain has denied he sexually harassed the women.

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soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. JoeSeattle

    "All of the questions may be getting to Herman Cain." Hmm, seems kind of conjectural for news. Why didn't we hear about every time Obama was annoyed with the press? Heck, we didn't even know he smoked 'till after he was elected.

    November 2, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. SOLYNDRA-FAST AND FURIOUS-MF GLOBAL

    "Of course, liberals have taken notice? Haven't you noticed what has really occured with the "P.I.G.S." of the European Union? The "P.I.G.S." have some of the lowest base corporate tax rates in Europe, as well as some of the fewest corporate and businsess regulations in the industrialized world. Greece is just the first to go

    Typical liberal parasite reaction...If only taxes were higher then everything would be better.
    The difference between you and I is I don't care what you do with what you earn and I hope you can keep as much of it as you can.
    On the other hand, you and the rest of your ilk want to to take from people who produce and give it to those who do not produce....just like Greece.

    November 2, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Barry G.

    I don't know whether the reports of harassment are true, but Cain lost me when he said that that the Occupy Movement members should go and get jobs.

    Wasn’t it Woodrow Wilson, or was it Herbert Hoover, who made a similarly outrageous statement about those who were unemployed during the Great Depression, saying that they should go out and get a job, as he did.

    You can't be more out of touch with reality and oblivious to the true plight of people, than that!

    Isn't that like Marie Antoinette, who upon learning that the people were starving and had no bread to eat, said: Then let them eat cake!

    November 2, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. LJ

    Oh boo hoo!!!!! If you don't like every bit of your life scrutinized, then DON"T RUN FOR POTUS!!!!!! If you think you can lead 327 million people without catching some flak, stay your pizza making self home....

    November 2, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. excitizen

    Democrat Party – leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    ==========================================================================================
    Companies pay nearly $12,000 per employee for healthcare costs. Obamacare fines them $2,000 per employee if they are not covered. $10,000 savings per individual TO DROP THEIR COVERAGE and then DRIVE THEM INTO GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE which more and more doctors will not take on as patients.

    Obama and the Democrats have sabotaged the entire healthcare system with Obamacare. If it is not repealed, TENS OF MILLIONS will lose their healthcare in this country complements of Obama and the Democrats. Of course I'm sure they're ready to blame all those evil businesses for doing what they wanted to hvae happen anyways, government owned and run healthcare.

    FEAR MONGERING!!! I believe you lie sir. If you on the right know so much, why didn't your darling Bush put something into law in his 8 years in office – oh, that's right – he was too busy golfing and destroying the economy AND the conservatives in this country couldn't care less if their neighbours die without health care as long as THEY HAVE THEIRS COVERED. Love your family values. The conservative party – they can't fix it and they absolutely won't tolerate anyone else trying to fix it. I got mine and you can just die! Thank god I'm still a decent human being rather than a conservative.

    November 2, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Mike

    What is he so afraid of, doesn't he know how to put women in their place. Vote to take away their rights at the doctors office then take away their right to vote. That will put them in their place as second class citizens you and the republicants already treat them like!!! Go Herman go, show the world your TRUE COLORS!

    November 2, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Herman Cain's Ego

    ...now what?

    November 2, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. pig in a poke

    Not one of these reporters vetted their boy Obama. They all need to loose their jobs for failure to keep the faith of the American people. We rely on reporters to investigate and forward their findings in an accurate and unbiased way. We no longer have that and it is so very sad.

    November 2, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. excitizen

    SOLYNDRA-FAST AND FURIOUS-MF GLOBAL

    Typical liberal parasite reaction...If only taxes were higher then everything would be better.
    The difference between you and I is I don't care what you do with what you earn and I hope you can keep as much of it as you can.
    On the other hand, you and the rest of your ilk want to to take from people who produce and give it to those who do not produce....just like Greece.

    I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO CONSERVATIVES lie about Canada for years – do you know why? We have universal health care that actually works (don't listen to the conservative lies), we have just been voted BY CORPORATIONS, as the best country to do business in even though we have VERY STRONG BUSINESS, BANKING AND INVESTMENT regulations and we pay more taxes for our better quality of life. Your arguments are the arguments of a very provincial, uneducated person.

    November 2, 2011 04:44 pm

    November 2, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. SPQR

    Mr. Cain we are more interested in hearing you talk about the things that you don't want us to know about you, than the ones do.

    9 Pizzas
    9 Drinks
    9 Dollars

    November 2, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Stan

    Contrast Cain with Obama. Obama was asked repeatedly for months about his birth certificate and handled it like any pro would. Cain on the other hand flies off in just two days of questions. Okay folks... not presidential material here. We don't need someone like Cain getting that 3 am phone call.

    November 2, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. open400

    This seems like dirty Texan politics to me. When you are running for president now and with tons of material about every candidate just a Google search away, it is best to just come clean and do your damage control from a position of honesty. Cain has changed his story about this so many times that it is only natural a bunch of bored reporters are going to hound the guy to get the right story. It was the GOP that started this candidate character assessment based on impossible Evangelical standards. Don’t blame the Obama people for this, they would like to run against Cain!

    November 2, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    excitizen - FEAR MONGERING!!! I believe you lie sir.
    ==========================================
    Can't dispute the FACTS can you???? The number don't lie but most libtards can't do simple math. Already MAJOR parts of Obamacare have proven UNFEASIBLE. Thousands have bene granted WAIVERS to keep them from the disaster that is Obamacare.

    As the moron Nancy Pelosi stated, "You have to pass the bill to see what is in it.". Why do you think they didn't want people to see and read the bill????

    Obama, Reid and Pelosi will go down in history as the destroyers of the Democrat Party because of their involvement with Obamacare.

    November 2, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. nlp

    I'm not as concerned about the accusations as I am his response. There are going to be times in the life of every president when the press is going to be completely focussed on some minor side story while they ignore some much more important but essentially dull story. That part isn't news. It's been going on for decades. If Cain can't find a way to deal with the press at these moments he's going to be in even more trouble than he is already. If his campaign knew that the story was about to break they should have had a response ready. His handling of the matter has made it more important than it deserves.

    But it's always fun to watch another candidate show his feet of clay.

    November 2, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Texas Pat

    Looked to me like it was CNN getting mad and doing the pushing and shoving. Looked to me like CNN was being rude and disrespectful.

    November 2, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. yuri

    Ol' buddy! Game over. It is highly recommended you get your tail between your legs and crawl back to where you came from. Your chances of nomination are almost sub-zero, let alone becoming the POTUS.

    November 2, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Matt

    I agree with him. (Also, I'm not sure I'd call that yelling. If I had been yelling, I wonder how Mr. Acosta would describe it.) What part of "no" do these reporters not understand??

    November 2, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "DRIVE THEM INTO GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE which more and more doctors will not take on as patients."

    You are so clearly misinformed it's no even funny. Go look up the statistics regarding how many doctors are actually completely dependent upon gov't subsidized health care for their livings andcouldn't drop those patients if they wanted to unless they were to walk away from what amounts to a very lucrative career any way you slice it. Or, wait, that would require you to do independent thinking...forget it...just remembered who I'm talking to...

    November 2, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Jack in Florida

    Hey Herman, can you hear that??...................................................It's the fat lady singing!!! End it now and stop embarrassing yourself and your family.

    November 2, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Earlier this year I was wondering if the GOP could provide us with the same foolishness they did in "08. They have far exceeded my expectations!"

    They haven't even really gotten going yet...

    November 2, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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