Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN) - Days after the release of a video showing GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain stumbling over a foreign policy question while meeting with a Milwaukee newspaper editorial board, Cain again found himself at the center of controversy - this time with a New Hampshire newspaper.
Both Cain and the influential New Hampshire Union Leader pointed fingers at each other Thursday after Cain did not attend a scheduled meeting with the paper's publisher and other journalists.
The editor of the paper's editorial page, Drew Cline, tweeted that the Cain campaign had canceled the meeting. Reached by phone, Cline said Cain's campaign informed them "at the last minute" they could only give the paper 20 minutes of time, instead of the planned one-hour meeting.
The paper said it would not accept the shortened time, Cline said.
"We were waiting for them to get back to us about whether we could get the full hour," Cline said, but the campaign did not respond.
Speaking to the media after a rally in Nashua, Cain said the Union Leader was at fault.
"You're not going to believe it - they canceled," he said. "They canceled."
Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said the paper had canceled the interview by phone Thursday morning.
"The newspaper cancelled with one of our advance staff at approximately 9:00 am today," he said in an e-mail. "We are looking to reschedule the next time we visit New Hampshire."
Gordon said negotiations over the length and format of the interview had been ongoing since Monday, and said the paper had requested a 45-minute taped interview.
Cline said there had been confusion Thursday morning after a secretary at the paper mistakenly told the campaign the interview was canceled.
Cain said the secretary had misspoken and should have said the paper had canceled plans for C-SPAN to videotape the meeting.
"We thought we had cleared that up and that it was still on," he said.
It was reported earlier this week that Cain's campaign had said it would not allow C-SPAN to attend. When asked Thursday why he did not want the meeting to be taped, Cain told reporters: "because it's optional."
The Union Leader is a powerful newspaper in New Hampshire and aims to hold interviews with all presidential candidates. The paper's editorial page endorsement is closely watched in presidential politics.
Cain blundered at a taped meeting with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board earlier this week when asked for his views on how President Barack Obama handled the Libyan uprising, and Cain seemed to struggle to answer.
Cain poked fun at the media at his rally Thursday for timing the length of his pauses in the taped interview.
"I think before I speak," he said. "I know that's a novel idea."