Washington (CNN) - The Democrat who worked to expand background checks in the Senate told a group of reporters Thursday that the National Rifle Association's "scoring system," in which the group grades members of Congress, combined with members' fear of being seen as flip-floppers, derailed the measure.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, who worked alongside Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, said the NRA's decision to include votes on the bipartisan amendment in its important rankings dissuaded members in pro-gun states from stepping up. "If they hadn't scored it, we'd have gotten 70 votes," he said. "I predict 70 votes without a scoring." He also vowed to bring the measure back at some point for a vote.
(CNN) - A longtime friend of one of Herman Cain's unnamed accusers tells CNN that Cain dangled a job promotion in front of the accuser at the same time he "made her very uncomfortable" with sexual "innuendo and overtures."
This woman told CNN she spoke extensively with her friend about Cain's conduct in 1998 at the time the accuser was allegedly being harassed by Cain while they both worked at the National Restaurant Association.
Washington (CNN) - Several unaffiliated Republican operatives say Herman Cain must say more about the sexual harassment allegations being leveled against him, because his current message is not putting the controversy to rest.
"He needs to be upfront, forthright and get this story behind him," Bob Vander Platts, a leading Iowa Republican activist, tells CNN. The ongoing allegations, he adds, are a "test of Cain's leadership" and "a tipping point for his campaign."
Washington (CNN) - The lawyer for one of Herman Cain’s alleged accusers hopes on Friday to be able to release a one-page press release defending his client’s reputation.
The statement would rebut denials made by Cain, who has said any sexual harassment allegations made against him were groundless, according to attorney Joel Bennett.