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. v_mag

    I have a possible jobs plan as a replacement for Mr. Cain's infamous 999 tax plan. It's called "kneel, kneel, kneel", and it works like this. Since the rich have an inordinate share of the wealth, and they're sitting on it instead of investing in the American economy, and since all the Repugnants who are part of the 99% worship the rich and aspire to be 1%ers, then they should start praying to the wealthy for jobs.

    Three times a day, all Repugnants will face toward Wall St. and ask the Gods of Wealth to bless them with employment. I'll bet this plan will produce jobs as well as Cain's 999 plan will fix the deficit.

    November 2, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. John

    Text book Carl Rove. If he continues the next step will be to start playing the stupid things he has said on his hate radio talk show. Done!

    November 2, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Jason, Chicago IL

    Can you imagine how much more easily this would have gone for Cain if he's just been honest?

    "Yes, there were allegations, no there was nothing to them. We settled with them because it was frankly easier than to be dragged through the mud for the rest of eternity. Since then I've been careful to have witnesses around at all times, so that such allegations can't even be made."

    Boom, two day story, move onto the next topic.

    Instead, this thing is lingering like the stench of a dead animal, and now there's no way for Cain to spin it without looking like he's hiding something. I don't know who planted this land mine, but Cain sure managed to step right on it.

    November 2, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. NVa Native

    It's called politics – Cain! And the factions are in the GOP establishment – Dems love having you “out there”!

    The GOP is the vilest when it comes to slander and sleaze – but GOPers are always such wimps when ever they get treated like they treat everyone else – then they cry and whine about being "the victim".

    November 2, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Bruce

    And oh-by-the-way, the President and the liberals have nothing to gain by this leaking today. If they were sitting on this until now, it would have been very stupid to not sit on it longer and release it after Cain won the GOP primary.

    The President, I would think, would rather run against Cain than against Perry or Romney.

    November 2, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Danno

    Um... Mr. Cain, sir... it's called POLITICS!!! You agreed to it all when you decided to run, and now you want the "pity vote"... wow.

    November 2, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Roger Ogilivy Thornhill

    What a Cry Baby! I don't recall Obama crying about the Birther faction. Suck it up puhleeze. Who wants a thin-skinned leader? Not I!

    November 2, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Jack in Florida

    Hellooooo Herman, did not not think that when you became a public figure that the past would come back to haunt you?!?!?!? What world do you live in?? The right wants to blame it on the left, but it is perfectly fine when the right finds info on left leaning candidates and makes it public. I am so sick of politics......this is pathetic.

    November 2, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Bill in Florida

    Gee Herman, you think it's bad in the GOP primaries, try to imagine what it's like to be the incumbent President as a daily target of the GOP smear machine. Fortunately for all of us, you'll never know what it's like to be the President

    November 2, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Probable

    It's interesting how the Republican propaganda machine keeps trying to blame the Democrats and the "mainstream media" for an alleged plot to destroy Cain. Seems to me that it's most likely the "establishment Republicans" who are trying to undermine Cain.

    November 2, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. George

    "Team Cain said their fundraising has increased since the news broke, boasting an over $400,000 haul Monday."
    So Team Cain see this raking in of money as a haul? How many pizzas does that buy your supporters.....

    November 2, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. tictac

    Democrats are running scared. They have got to start digging and deep because Cain is soaring – like an eagle. Go Cain – you can do it. Get Obama out of the White House – get rid of the corruption and kill the agenda of destorying America! WE CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2012 – no more change – Improvements!

    November 2, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. rapierpoint

    Bob, you ask if Cain's innocent, why not let the women come out of the shadows? In many cases, even if allegations were found to be without grounds, nondisclosure agreements are made. Many times, it's to protect both parties. From what's been reported, there does appear to be agreements in effect. At this point, we can't automatically assume that it's because Cain has something to hide. You also say, essentially, why pay someone to silence them when you can take them to court? A) there are people out there that have made it an art form to accuse (without grounds) in order to get a person or company to make a monetary settlement. And it's usually easier and significantly cheaper than taking it to court. Furthermore, so far, there is no evidence that the monetary settlements had anything at all to do with buying their silence. In fact, there is more evidence that it was merely a negotiated severance package than anything else.

    November 2, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Commenting

    @Jason, good comment. Even as a Non-Cain supporter I would have been fine with statements like you outlined.
    Get the truth out, acknowledge, move on. That's really what the country needs.
    As to Mr Cain, he's got not a leg to stand on at the national policy level. Government might be a business, at worst, but running / leading a country is Not.

    November 2, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Kenny K


    Please spread the words, and tell everybody to vote for Mr. Herman Cain as the next Republican nomonee. He is the savior of our beloved GOP.

    November 2, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Elizabeth

    Cain cannot apparently give a concise or intelligible answer on virtually anything. It is cringe-inducing. All you have to do is watch him being grilled on the issues. The man is meandering all over the place, basically looking like he is winging it the whole time and seems uncomfortable. Of course people who love Cain would think he did great no matter what.

    November 2, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    How do you define clueless and out of touch with reality?

    Cain told Fox News on Tuesday night that he is someone "Democrats, liberals do not want to get the nomination."

    Democrats and liberals want Cain to get the nomination, and would not have broken this story until after you were locked in as the Republican nominee. His quote indicates one of two things. Either he really is stupid enough to believe that, or he is just trying to garner sympathy from the gullible conservative electorate, or both.

    November 2, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Inrealityhere

    Cain has been accused, not convicted. Contrary to what some of you think, HE did not pay off the employees who slandered him. Ever consider putting yourself in his place? Is he presumed guilty because he's too conservative for you or because he's not an atheist? Good grief, you guys are so deceived you wouldn't recognize the Truth if it stopped you on the way to Damascus. On second thought...yes, I guess it is possible; miracles do still happens.

    November 2, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. steven harnack

    The facts seem to speak for themselves. What he does about those facts is what is important here and this is where he fails badly, first denying, then can't remember, and now it's a big nasty plot against him because yada yada yada. He has just proven himself to be the equal of Sarah Palin. Already has the book, TV show to follow.

    November 2, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Tim

    Oh, great. Now let's add paranoia to his list of delusions. And by the way, Herman – please stop with the "what he said is the voice of the American people." You only speak for a small portion of the electorate, and even that portion doesn't know much about you.

    November 2, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. carly

    Bye, Bye Cain. You can't sweep the truth under the rug. And while you are leaving take that right wing cheerleader Coulter with you.

    November 2, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Pat in IL

    The stuff that is coming to the forefront now is not a "smear" or anything like's simply putting the truth into the public arena so that we really know the candidates. Sorry, Cain, you can't hide who you really are.

    November 2, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Nor'Easter

    Aw come on Mr. Cain...BLAME YOURSELF for not effectively handling what appears to a legitimate scandal. Don't blame the media for doing their job (for once).

    November 2, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Dave Harris

    Who exactly are these "factions"? Is he implying it's not just the usual evil left-wing liberal media conspiracy? Could it be his own back-stabbing, dirty-trick playing, bearing-false-witness Christian Republican associates who are out to get him? Why doesn't he just come out and say it?

    November 2, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The President, I would think, would rather run against Cain than against Perry or Romney."


    November 2, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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