BORGER: Cain's best damage control: Release everything
November 10th, 2011
01:07 PM ET
2 years ago

BORGER: Cain's best damage control: Release everything

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360," "The Situation Room," "John King USA" and "State of the Union."

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- When you consider the array of public men who have been forced, in one way or another, to come clean on their bad behavior, the list is not insubstantial: a president (Bill Clinton), presidential candidates (John Edwards, Gary Hart), governors (Mark Sanford, Eliott Spitzer), senators (John Ensign, David Vitter). And that's just the top tier.

The bar has been set - and it's awfully low.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
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  1. Rudy NYC

    He's a Republican. He would stand to lose his key to the club room if he came clean. He would be the first Republican in recent memory to do so. The last one to do so resigned the office of POTUS.

    November 10, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    He's a republican pizza man - for God's sake, stop making like the Koch machine really wants this person to represent the U.S. on the world stage - tho he WOULD be a good ignorant puppet.

    November 10, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas FOREVER AND EVER

    why can't people just accept that everyone is lying BUT Herman Cain?? Either that or he can go with the GOP mantra "the statements made weren't meant to be taken as factual"!

    November 10, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Doug

    I don't understand... why can we not find finanical records of the NRA or Mr. Cain 10 years ago that was used to upgrade the hotel room?

    Why are the reports not released from the NRA which dealt with the complains and not simply the settlement or the agreement but the actual claims that were filed.

    Also I think Mr. Cain and his party should be held to higher standards and blaming other people is a distraction from the truth...

    November 10, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    I rather like the way he's handling it, instead, digging himself in deeper each time he opens his mouth. The entertainment value is priceless. But hey, that's just me.

    November 10, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Interesting point GI Joe. My guess is the Koch brothers want to use Cain as leverage over Romney. I suspect there will be a whole new round of secret closed-door "pledges" to deregulate, cut off funding for the EPA and to provide whatever else is on the Koch brothers' anti-American wish list.

    November 10, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    It is frustrating women are attacked and their kids are attacked by far right using a race card. Sad

    November 10, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Kenny K

    I want him to be the flagbearer for Republicans in general election.

    November 10, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Release everything....?

    There have been true allegaqtions in the past..but also many false allegation...Mr Cain claims that these allegations against him are FALSE....Which part of false does Borger not understand....?

    November 10, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    He's a Republican. He would stand to lose his key to the club room if he came clean. He would be the first Republican in recent memory to do so. The last one to do so resigned the office of POTUS.
    -----------
    EDIT: How could I forget about Newt Gingrich coming clean and resigning as House Speaker? When Republicans go down, they really seem to do so with a lof of thunder and lightning.

    November 10, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    He won't do it, and since it doesn't matter as he is unqualified, I don't care either way. But if the GOP is stupid, they'll nominate this guy

    November 10, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. kayla

    herman cain the best mascot for the repugnants.

    November 10, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. unsub

    three words: WHITE,BLONDE,WOMEN

    November 10, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    But some discovered the public can be forgiving, especially if it believes you have something important to offer to the nation.
    ------------------------
    Therein lies the problem for cain, he's got NOTHING to offer the nation.
    Nothing but lies, soundbites, mediocre singing, gaffes, and an albeit excellent imitation of a good house...er, um, ah...boy.

    November 10, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    First words out of Cain at a party:

    " Where are the white women at? "

    November 10, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He can't come clean anyway, the Koch boys aren't done using him yet. He's contractually bound to them for another 2 months.
    Meanwhile, Cain the modern day slave has to suffer his high-tech lynching by those that OWN HIM.

    November 10, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |