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
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  1. Jeff in TX

    It's the Perry campaign behind this. Who wins as Cain loses? Perry. Get used to it, Cain and others. Here it comes. The Democrats can just sit back and watch the bloodbath. By the way, don't be surprised, Herman, about repeated demands to see you long-form birth certificate.

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

    Democrats really wish this came out after Cain would get the nomination.

    November 2, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. ST

    I agree with you Mr. 999 though not a fan. Folks should learn to go with time. Dirty politics was those days when there was very few means of getting the news. Things have changed. Applying old techniques at this modern times, is inviting something which holds a high chance to backfire.

    November 2, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. RoseTN

    I like how Cain thinks this is a witch hunt, and how some idiots on the right are calling this racism. Cain has yet to get the full Obama treatment – when he reaches that level – then maybe we can have a talk on whether or not this is a witch hunt or racism.

    November 2, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Anonymous

    I think Herman Cain cannot be trusted he is talking out the side of his neck as we say, He as one person said, he said he is not using the race card but thinks this is racially motivated. I am black and I dont trust him he is saying whatever he needs to say to get the nomination and his numbers are soaring in the polls because some republicans think that they can get another black man to defeat president Obama. I you will say anything to get votes or nomination you will say anything to get elected

    November 2, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. lisa2010

    a former member of the restaurant association leaked out the story..here is what we call a man in power who has the stage and the public's attention and he can say anything he wants against the allegations.. but the victim can't say a thing because she's bind by a confidentially clause...even if she does says her side of the story, she will be descredited by Cain's campaigns and brushed under the rug... andl there will be allegations that she does it for the money..As for me i see this as a prelude if he becomes president... within his power he'll crush the poor, elderly, disabled and the unemployed...His power will give more power to the wealthy... If you're small time, he'll just brush you under the rug.. No social security, medicare and medicaid and help for the weak.... we'll be a 3rd world nation, and our undernourished children will be televised on public communications world wide... God Forbid...

    November 2, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Erick

    How does anyone support Cain on anything? The guy is clueless on EVERY issue.

    November 2, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "There are factions that are trying to destroy me personally as well as this campaign,"

    Yep. Used be the called the Republican "old guard", Mr. Cain. Now it's the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter ... you probably know them as your masters. Ann's been going around saying that you belong to them now with her "he's ours now" talking point mantra. I myself would have said "Cain's one of us now" but, the truth is, this has all been a game for the GOPers, and for you. We all know you were never slated to become the Republican presidential nominee ... ever. But do carry on with the "woe is me" ... it adds to your "pull yourself up" criteria of what a real American ought to be - well, when it's NOT you doing the suffering anyway. Apparently you are as two faced as the rest of the "boot strapping" GOPers.

    November 2, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. United We Stood

    PA outofwork should get used to it if the GOP ever gets full control again. Or maybe change the name to WorkingInIndia. Blame yourself for being out of work, pal. Listen to Herb's words. Pay no mind to the jobs bill to to help first responders, our contractors to rebuild our infrastructure and decaying schools, or anything to help war vets.....it's all in the taxes and regulations donchaknow

    November 2, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Craig

    What? This is an issue for liberal media? The same people who stood up for Clinton, who had far more accusations (quantity and evidence) of sexual harassment and sexual assault?

    November 2, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    The GOP is jettisoning all non-Romney candidates, since they've served their purpose to stir up the base against President Obama (the GOP "debates" have been nothing except Jerry Springer insult fests against the President and lately, each other) and keep the Republi-sheep engaged.

    Now on to trying to convince voters that Romney isn't really a flip-flopping, American-job-destroying, not-really-a-Mormon "successful businessman" who believes that not only are corporations people, but they are more important, more worthy people than the rest of us losers.

    November 2, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. GrogInOhio

    Republican candidates sure like to portray themselves as victims. Sarah "woe is me" Palin anyone? Big ol' mean liberal press!!

    November 2, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Anita

    A president is suppose to stand metaphorically naked before the people, knowing that whatever he did in his pass will be exposed. He cannot hid behind his Race for cover like Cain is trying to do. Do he think because he is black people are not suppose to look into his pass? SOMEBODY NEED TO REMIND CAIN HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!

    November 2, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Cain should look in the mirror and not cast blame elsewhere. He should follow the advice he gave the unemployed.

    November 2, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    "I don't believe this is the work of the democrats. This is work of his own party."

    Specifically, it's the work of Karl Rove, Romney's advisor. Google "karl rove dirty tricks" and you'll see that this is par for the course when it comes to his tactics.

    November 2, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    "Like the days of Bill Clinton, the Democratic smear machine in full swing."

    Nope, this is the work of the GOP, namely Romney's advisor, Karl Rove. President Obama is too busy actually working for the American people for this nonsense.

    November 2, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. A Repulbican

    Story came from a repbulican competitor, plain and simple. Anyone that says different is a simple minded individual who just wants to win and not really in tune with what;s right and what's wrong. Unfortunately we have a lot of those people in my party, which I blame Hannity, Rush and the likes for making us brain dead and only interested in beating the enemy we call "liberal". I knnow it's said, but I can only tell the truth, we have problems.

    November 2, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. OKTOGO77

    Oh, please...more likely it's the "factions" in his own party who have no intention of seeing him as the Republican nominee.

    November 2, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Lynne

    Cain is right....no one paid attention until he became more popular, so then they said "who is this guy?" and then did some research...and found stuff. But his team had 10 days....10 days people!!!! before the sexual harassment story came out to address the situation and the didn't. They messed up. Not very presidential in my book. What is he going to do when there is a real crisis that concerns the lives of every American??? Wait 10 days and mess it up?

    He needs to take his own advice....the advice he gave to those who are not rich and unemployed...IT'S YOUR OWN FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    "if he settled then he had something to hide."

    It was at least messy enough that he didn't want to take it to trial. What's most telling, is that Cain seems to have a fuzzy memory about all of this – which to me says that sexual harassment of women just isn't that big a deal to him or that these women just don't get his "sense of humor." (Remember the crack about the electrified fence between the US and Mexico?)

    November 2, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. max

    Ah yes, another poor republican victimized by the evil leftist media, poor baby.

    November 2, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Taioseach

    He'd better come clean and offer up better details on this situation than he did his "999" plan. Cause that gag order is going to be lifted and the truth will out.

    November 2, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    President Obama has been attacked 24/7 by the right wing smear machine, and he is yet to play the race card. Cain needs to look in the mirror at the cause of his problems, and stop with the childish games.

    November 2, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Andrew Hall

    You know, I really don't care about this scandal that much.

    It isn't this that makes me believe Cain is not a good choice as President – it's his desire to ban mosque building in America, as well as his 9-9-9 plan.

    Banning mosques sets a seriously worrying precedent for banning ANY religious building in America; that's really very much against our First Amendment.

    And as for 9-9-9 – anyone who has studied tax policy knows the costs of a sales tax raise are mostly borne by the poor and middle class. Taxes on the wealthy are already lower than they have been in about sixty years; and there are less jobs available than there have been in sixty years. A nine percent sales tax raise will cripple the poor, sink a great many small retailers – and there is no evidence that the corresponding cuts will produce jobs in the modern era. Tax cuts CAN create jobs – IF the wealthy use those cuts to hire – but that's not happening. Corporate profits are at an all time high; so are the incomes of the rich. It used to be customary for a CEO to make 10 to 20 times the salary of the lowest-paid employee at his/her company. The average is now THREE HUNDRED AND THIRTY SIX times the lowest-paid employee. Wal-Mart's CEO makes more than TEN THOUSAND times the salary of the lowest paid employee.

    So the presence or absence of this story isn't a big deal to me. Cain's views on religious freedom and tax policy have already proven to me that he's not a good choice for the White House.

    November 2, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. ST

    Erick wrote:

    "How does anyone support Cain on anything? The guy is clueless on EVERY issue"

    We have two major parties in which one side not necessarily support the other. Thats why two parties exist. What you like or dislike is not the same taste taken by others!

    November 2, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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