Mysterious leaflets in Iowa take aim at Cain's abortion comments
October 23rd, 2011
12:36 AM ET
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Mysterious leaflets in Iowa take aim at Cain's abortion comments

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Herman Cain was the target of a mysterious attack Saturday night when leaflets targeting the Republican presidential frontrunner were left on car windows outside the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's fall banquet in Des Moines.

The leaflets, one of which was left on the car of a reporter, accuse Cain of being “pro-choice” and question his opposition to abortion.

“Herman Cain threw the babies under the bus,” blares the flier, which features a headshot of Cain next to a picture of a tiny aborted fetus.

The leaflet seizes on comments Cain made about abortion on Wednesday during an appearance on CNN.

In an interview with Piers Morgan, Cain seemed to suggest that while he is personally opposed to abortion even in cases of rape or incest, that decision ultimately rests with the mother and her family.

“It ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make,” Cain said on the show, a quote that is re-produced on the leaflet.

Cain immediately found himself under fire from his conservative opponents after making the CNN interview.

He has since backtracked from the comments and said during Saturday’s forum in Des Moines that he opposes abortion, “no exceptions.”

But the black-and-white flier asks in bold font: “If a pro-choice candidate doesn’t have the Biblical foundation to know that murdering an innocent child is wrong in EVERY SINGLE CASE, how would that lack of a Biblical foundation influence his policy decision on traditional marriage and family values?”

Two groups named at the bottom of the flier take credit for the attack: “Iowans for Some Semblance of Christian Decency” and “Iowans For Truth and Honest Government.”

A message to an email address listed for Iowans for Truth and Honest Government was not returned, but both groups have surfaced in recent election cycles to wage shadowy smear campaigns.

Iowans for Some Semblance of Christian Decency targeted former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with leaflets during his 2008 presidential bid, questioning his Christian faith and calling attention to his effort to help parole a convicted murderer who went on to commit another homicide.

Similar leaflets attacking Huckabee appeared in the primary state of South Carolina at the time.

Iowans For Truth and Honest Government took credit for fliers attacking Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in 2009 during the early days of his Republican primary fight against conservative Bob Vander Plaats.

Those fliers appeared at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, where Saturday’s presidential forum was held.

Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Herman Cain • Iowa
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Tammy

    Good! I know Cain to be pro-choice get him back into the pro-death party and leave the pro-life party now Cain, take your 999 plan or 909 plan with you. You are another flip-flopper and liar!

    October 23, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  2. CTTexas

    Oh no! Not pro-choice! What's a right-winger to do?

    October 23, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  3. thomas

    Must be the Crazy Lady or the guy with seven children who has a name you can't google .

    Perry and Roney wouldn't wast there money on the 9.0 pizza man .

    October 23, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  4. joe matolia

    Ron Paul appears to be the only electable since he won't have any agreements from the most members of both congress and senete houses, but he is the true American who is honest in his political career. Ron's ideas for rebuilding USA will work if we elect him into the White House. He is the first one promoting Flat Tax, the first one would stop world policing, and the first one who is a real Doctor and many terms of congressman who got the capability to lead us. Go Ron Paul, Go!!! America, wake up please! Don't be fooled by those professional politics who are supported by the large corporations. We need elect our own president! Not a president for all the corporations!

    October 23, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  5. Noodle Nose Johnson

    This has Perry's fingerprints all over it.

    October 23, 2011 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  6. Donkey Party

    Too funny. Herb's days in the limelight are done.

    October 23, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  7. Brooklynite

    You mean to tell me that if a 10-year-old girl was raped by her drunk uncle and became pregnant, and besides the psychological torment of giving birth to her rapist relative's baby and becoming a mother at such a young age, there was a real concern that the delivery would kill her AND the mean to tell me that some people would actually DENOUNCE the girl for getting an abortion? Demand she and her doctors be thrown in jail? And these are the people Herman Cain has decided to appease?

    Herman, you're a coward, plain and simple. You stood up for common sense until you figured that bubble-headed extremism was more politically expedient.

    October 23, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  8. Portland tony

    The entire economy is flounderong, people are out of work, children go to bed hungry,families are breaking up over financial issues and these prolifers continue their statements about saving the unborn yet turn a blind eye toward the children who are living in poverty and with abuse.

    October 23, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  9. Cheryl

    I like Herman Cain's energy and salesmanship. He is a person you would like to sit down with and get his wisdom on success. At the same time, I worry about his experience. With the country in the condition it is in right now we need someone with experience in all areas. Winging it just won't work. The next president is going to have to start off running and be able to make decisive decisions and not have to learn the logistic as he moves along.

    The problem with business people like Romney and Cain is that they are part of the establishment that looks out for business and forgets about the average person...particularly Romney, who is you listen to him, is rather insensitive to the people and would see himself as "I am President" and you are the little people.

    October 23, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  10. Janeway

    Not surprised. The Evangelical wing of the Tea Party may call themselves conservatives but they are more like the old John Birch Society with a set of bigotry that knows no bounds. Mr. Cain isn't my choice but he is a good man with valid ideas and he should expect to be treated like this. They have hounded Romney over every word he has ever spoken, his religion, his family and Mr. Cain is no exception. They really need to get their own Party and leave the Republicans alone. They suddenly are out there calling everyone a RINO from Romney to Allen West now to Cain. They seem to equally hate Perry. This election is too important for any small group to poison every candidate the Republicans field. They really need their own party as they are not conservatives which they are so busy calling everybody else. They don't even know what the term means.

    October 23, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  11. Nothing new here

    Gotta love it!! These extremists even went after Huckabee, and Huckabee is a former conservative minister!! So much for the 11th Commandment – "Thou shall not speak ill of another Christian". Great entertainment:)

    October 23, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  12. John Moser

    Once again, racist Democrats are up to their dirty tricks. Sorry little Adolphs, this time you fail.

    October 23, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  13. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    "Iowans For Truth and Honest Government"?!? LOL! If such a group were serious they wouldn't be involved in the GOBP deathcult primary.

    October 23, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. HenryB

    The abortion issue is not going to decide any election. It is going to marshal the trolls to vote. You do this with other wedge issues like immigration, gays, lazy people, socialism, non-American president, and you collectively sweep up all the trash and send them to the polls where they will dutifully vote for the so-called real "conservative". It would be funny if it was not so serious. Who suffers; the country.

    October 23, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  15. sensible

    Why are Iowans so backward? This IS the 21st cantury, not the 12th!

    October 23, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |