Cain: 'Factions' are out to get me
November 2nd, 2011
10:05 AM ET
11 years ago

Cain: 'Factions' are out to get me

(CNN) – Herman Cain remained defiant against his critics Wednesday, armed with what he said is the voice of the American people and new national poll numbers.

The embattled Republican presidential candidate said his grassroots supporters have propelled his campaign from the beginning and will remain supportive, despite the controversy that exploded this week.

"There are factions that are trying to destroy me personally as well as this campaign," Cain said Wednesday morning before the Consumer Electronics Association. "But there is a force greater, there is a force at work here that is much greater than those that would try to destroy me and destroy this campaign and this journey to the White House and that force is called the voice of the people."

Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO, has spent much of the week responding to a report that two women lodged sexual harassment charges against Cain when he led the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

Team Cain said their fundraising has increased since the news broke, boasting an over $400,000 haul Monday.

During his speech in Virginia, Cain touted a new Quinnipiac University survey as evidence his campaign is strong.

"The American people, folks represent a sleeping giant that has awakened," Cain said. "They are tapped into this campaign."

The poll, released Wednesday, showed Cain ahead of rival Mitt Romney by seven percentage points nationally, 30% to 23%, a lead wider than the sampling error.

However, the survey was taken almost entirely before the POLITICO report of sexual harassment allegations arose Sunday night.

- CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Stop the Charade

    No, Herman, something even more dangerous and unrecognized is out to get you – the Truth.

    November 2, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. PA_outofwork

    Like the days of Bill Clinton, the Democratic smear machine in full swing. It won't work, 364 days from now; Obama and the Obama administration will be voted out.

    November 2, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Wanderer81

    Darn right one ever heard of this stuff until your popularity soared.

    November 2, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. SearchingForAnAtheistExtremist

    It makes no logical sense to me that the left would be behind any of this..wouldn't Cain as the GOP nominee be a dream come true for the democrats?

    November 2, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. v_mag

    A former governor of Texas, Bill Clement, got himself in trouble a couple of times. Once was for a leaky drilling rig his company owned in the Gulf of Mexico. He had it sunk to remove the evidence. Later, he got caught in a scandal involving payoffs to SMU athletes. He unapologetically said, "Yeah, I did it. What are you going to do about it?" Turns out, nothing was done and the story died. I hated Clement, who was a real snake, but he knew how to kill a bad story and not have anything sticking to him. Cain hasn't learned that lesson, just like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton never did.

    The story that lasts is always the cover up.

    November 2, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. MaryM

    There is a reason why these women were paid to "keep their mouth shut". WHY would Cain and the Restaurant Association PAY anyone if the accusation are not true?

    November 2, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Jim

    "Like the days of Bill Clinton, the Democratic smear machine in full swing. It won't work, 364 days from now; Obama and the Obama administration will be voted out" Yes, we all know how the dems smeared their own president. Or how they smeared GW / Bob Dole. you know, like when they reminded the american public that the man pushing the political agenda behind White Water was a twice-divorced cheater who was even then engaged in an affair that would end his 3rd marriage? Or that Bob Dole walked into his house and told the woman who helped nurse him back to health that he was leaving her for a younger woman? You mean FACTS?? I love it that the Right thnks they are the only ones who smear. What do you call the people who accused Obama of being Muslim? Or not being born in the US.? I all that smears...

    November 2, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. FrankinSD

    If he thinks that he knows who is behind this, he owes it to the nation to name names. Otherwise, its just more right-wing whinging about the unfairness of the media. They got the story from somewhere, Herman. They didn't make it up.

    November 2, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Sandy

    I laugh at the people saying this is the democrats. It is almost certainly Perry, Romney or Rove, the three that have the most to gain. Democrats have NOTHING to gain by targeting Cain before he even gets the nomination. Democracts believe Romney will get the nomination and are setting their sites on Romney, not Cain. I'm sure Obama would love to run against Cain. Republicans can't get a handle on the fact that it is one of their own doing this. LOL

    And Cain plays the race card after saying a few weeks ago that blacks are not held back by race anymore. LOL Cain is getting everything he deserves!

    November 2, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Republican who supports this President

    Waaaaa! WAAAAA! Not getting my vote – never had my vote from the start. If Dems can be thrown under the bus for sending pictures then he should get the same level of scrutiny. They can dish it out on our President but can't seem to show that they can handle damage control very very. Admit your failings and bow out.

    November 2, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Dino

    I think his place is to become CEO at dominos puzza
    This country needs a president not a pizza oven guy

    November 2, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Dan

    Cains media hype is coming to an end thank god. Time to let the real front runner move to the head of the pack. RON PAUL 2012!

    November 2, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Republican who supports this President

    if he settled then he had something to hide. judging by the way he speaks it is no suprise. not presidential material.

    November 2, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Harbormick

    Another paranoid GOP victim

    November 2, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Jo Jo

    He's finally right about something. Factions are out to get him and they are called Carl Rove and company. Did Cain really think he actually had a shot at becoming the next republican president? It will be a cold day in you know where before GOP allow Cain to represent them. You see what happened to Michael Steel. My advise to Cain, "Watch your back"! Carl Rove and company believe in duty politics so if there is any little thing they can blow up and make a mountain out of and use it against you, they will do it. Cain, welcome to the wonderful world of politics – Carl Rove and company style!

    November 2, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Zeblon

    Is it true or not? Have the restaurant association lift the gag order on the "victims". I don't believe this is the work of the democrats. This is work of his own party. Face it, even if he was the best candidate for the job, his skin tone is too dark for conservatives to handle. Look at all the racist things that were said about out President in those tea party demonstrations.
    Another thing, why does Herman Cain look so Damn angry? His smile wrminds me of the Grinch. We need someone with a level head to lead our country. I don't think he's the one.

    November 2, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. thomas

    @ PA_outofwork

    Who do you work for , Rick Perry ?

    Perry / Enron 2012

    November 2, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "wouldn't Cain as the GOP nominee be a dream come true for the democrats?"

    Yes, Obama leads him by double digits in the most recent polls.

    November 2, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. maggie

    No one can 'come for him" or "smear him" unless it is a lie. Apparently, it is not. I'm more afraid of just how ignorant this man is.

    November 2, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. once upon a horse

    @ pa_outofwork

    you have my sympathy because I can tell you have been out of work for too long. So just WHY would the Democrats smear Cain since they really don't look at him as a threat by ANY means? On the other hand the other GOP 2012ers, who he seems to be thumping in the polls would have to see him as a BIGGER threat. I would bet you the Dems would LOVE for Cain to go up against Obama in 2012. I know I would favor such a match.

    November 2, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. frank

    Please please let Cain win the nomination of the Republicans. He would be a dream come true for Obama and Democrates.

    November 2, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Tony

    It is time for a replacement anti-Romney candidate. Gingrich will probably be the next one in line in the GOP's never-ending quest to find someone who is not Romney.

    November 2, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. United We Stood

    Herb, you are no longer useful to the GOP; the establishment thanks you for serving your purpose brainwashed , but see McCain, John circa 2000 a leak is useful in derailing your campaign. Look for Parry or Flip Flop Flip FLOP as the likely suspects for pushing you under the bus.
    Your chances of winning over the good ol boy network? None none none.

    November 2, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Liz the First

    Sure, Herman and your minions, blame the Left, the media, anyone but yourself! blame it on racism. accuse the party who ELECTED A BLACK MAN PRESIDENT of going after you because you're black. no, we're going after you because you have no business running for president. did you start at the top of the pizza business or did you work your way up? it's jus pure arrogance to think someone can start in politics with the top job in the world. if you had any knowledge or political skill to show us you deserve to be taken seriously, we might, but you don't! hang it up before the whole truth about you comes out and you lose what respect you have left.

    November 2, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. BWare

    What a knucklehead.

    November 2, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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