Cain allegations: legitimate issue or political drama?
November 6th, 2011
04:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain allegations: legitimate issue or political drama?

Washington (CNN) - Herman Cain doesn't want to talk about the sexual harassment allegations dogging his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, but plenty of other folks weighed in on Sunday.

Those opposing the former business executive's campaign called for keeping the issue alive, saying the necessary scrutiny of presidential candidates requires Cain to answer all questions about what happened when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. The Greedy Old PIgs have lost their minds!

    While the harassment charges are "serious", far more serious is Mr. KochCain's association with the anti-American Koch brothers. If you want America to return to the 1800s, KochCain's your guy!

    November 6, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. SecedingfromTexas

    Someone leaked this story, but nobody seems to care who. It was a mean thing to do, sort of like what Bush did to
    McCain in South Carolina, except McCain was innocent. Nobody knows the real story, but they sure can make
    demands. Anybody feel sorry for Mrs. Cain? I do. She cancelled her appearance on Fox, and she should have.
    Herb has a lot of explaining to do--to her. And the leaker has a lot of explaining to do too -Republican or
    Democrat.
    I wouldn't vote for Cain ever, but that decision came long before this story and we probably will never know the
    truth.

    November 6, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. budda

    Political Drama, this happens WAY to often.

    November 6, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    welcome to the world of politics Mr Cain.....it's not all fun and clean and honest. The bullseye he says he has on his back is being aimed at by people in his own party. Most Dems are not even worried about Herman Cain and would welcome a Cain/Obama matchup. So for also being one of the "nutjobs" that have questioned where Obama was born, it deosn't feel all that good to get such media spotlight does it?

    November 6, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. DANCER

    non of these women have come forward.... SO what a farce.... I's going to backfire in the attorneys and Politico's faces !!! Go Cain 2012 !!!

    November 6, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Questions strongly tied to a person'character are fair game in an election of this magnitude. It's good to remember the Republican's most vicious supporters, the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch were the people who created and bankrolled the Swift Boat debacle. John Kerry was in fact a war hero and the right-wingers who created the lies never served our country in combat roles. Yet they assembled they a group of men who never actually served on the boat with Kerry, but created that lusion pretending yhey had reason to question Kerry's heroism. They delivered the lies in a convincing and timely fashion – not actually allowing time to disprove the claims. After the fact it was discovered the men were paid, right-wing supporters and their stories were untrue – but the damage was done. This may or may not be a similar attack but it certainly has the characteristics of a Republican smear campaign. Herman Cain will either address the charges openly or allow them to fester. This happened early enough for him to put it behind him... if he didn't do it... three times...

    November 6, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. ja

    let the facts determine the matter

    November 6, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    The fact that Clinton was impeached for similar behavior makes this a relevant issue. The GOP doesn't understand that old T-shirt slogan "don't start none, won't be none"

    November 6, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. krissmith777

    All I know if this: If Cain survives this, and if he gets the nomination, it will be a non-issue in the general election.

    November 6, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Yellow Rose

    I just don't get why folks that didn't harass Clinton for getting a you know what in the Oval Office are harassing Mr. Cain. Gee, it's not like Mr. Cain is President getting a you know what in the Oval office and then turning around and lying to the American people. A lie Clinton would have continued with had it not been for that famous blue dress....DNA doesn't lie.

    November 6, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. daniel

    cain gots to man up and face the music. until he tells all its gonna haunt him. he should just man up and do it on his terms or else itll all blow up in his face.

    November 7, 2011 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  12. Sandy

    Of course it is a legitimate issue. It goes directly to Cain's character. It's disgusting that after he said racism doesn't hold blacks back that he'd cry racism as soon as something involving his character is found out. It has nothing whatsoever to do with race, but Cain has played the race card himself several times. What another GOP hypocrite!

    November 7, 2011 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  13. PHinMiami

    Definitely, "Legitimate issue". However, that being said, he could have better weathered his past if he had been honest. Instead, he chose lie upon lie then even joked about the payoff. Nothing funny here, Cain.

    Now he doesn't want to talk about it, . . . too late, you're a public failure.

    November 7, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  14. 2012liberal

    I worry more about his simple mind that appeals to the simpletons. Forign policy, tax policy, koch money etc...

    November 7, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  15. ronvan

    LEAK, for political reasons? I sure think so. But WHY is it that the "women" do not want to come forward, they had the opportunity to do so, but the media seem to demand that Cain answer all the questions? Just more politics as usual!

    November 7, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Political drama.

    The media love something sensational to talk about......they don't have to have, ANY proof in today's world. They can assassinate the individual, and the character of the individual, without a shred of evidence, and they couldn't care less, about the damage they do.

    November 7, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  17. Kenny K

    Where there is smoke, there is fire. It is not that something smells like smoke; there is smoke. There were settlements for some reason, and that reason need to be explained.

    November 7, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. rs

    Well, in the absense of substantive news, one has to expect that lawbreaking is going to weigh heavily on the candidates (like most of the GOP/TP) with no substance. Remember- it was Gingrich who lowered the standards on what became credible criminal conduct for candidates and elected politicians. Clearly, Cain has some pretty problematic personality problems. Combine that with zero political experience, a corporate mentality, and the usual "TEA" Party clutch of extremist right and clearly stupid political ideology and it is clear he has become a liability to the GOP- and hence it is game over for Cain. The very fact that Cain's bad behavior was "outed" by someone in Perry's camp only reinforces the party's embarassment over Cain's campaign. The circular firing squad goes on....

    November 7, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. Republican who supports President Obama

    Big issue. How can you have an President elected to represent us when he has such a shady past. Come on – if President Obama is linked to a preacher for his comments and an 'unrepentant terrorist' then I say the allegations should stick to Cain as well.

    Totally unelectable!

    November 7, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |