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. Sniffit

    "A cynical man would say that Cain's campaign timed this leak to distract us from the pesky details of his silly 9-9-9 plan and turn him into a martyr who needs to be protected by his supporters."

    Or that his campaign and Politico, a media outlet well known to be right-leaning, timed it to createa big MSM feeding frenzy at the trouh of salaciousness to distract from the FACTS that have come out indicating that Cain's campaign has violated myriad electoral and campaign finance laws. This he-said-she-said crap is a smokescreen to cover the real dirtiness of his campaign.

    November 2, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. BD70

    Who cares? Cain will not be president.

    November 2, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Tim

    Kat says:
    Come on people ! I like Herman Cain, but I get sick and tired of seeing him and hearing him on EVERY NETWORK, I watch Fox News and it seems like they are almost endorsing him, I want the opportunity to see fair and balanced coverage of ALL the candidates. I may end up supporting Cain, but I want to see more information about all my options.

    Dear Kat: If you want the opportunity to see fair and balanced coverage of ALL the candidates, why on earth would you be watching Faux News? Are you expecting a different result from them? You know what THAT definition is...

    November 2, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. SV

    "Getting to know you. Getting to know ALL about you!" This is what happens in a political campaign Herman. It's a truly naive and dimwitted person who runs for office not accepting that every single facet of your life will be investigated and inspected. Herman, if you can't stand the heat now with class, dignity and honesty then there's no way you've got what it takes to run this country.

    November 2, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Woman In California

    Blame YOURSELF Mr. Cain. After all, isn't that what you told all of us to do?

    As far as the sexual harassment claims – YOU broke your silence and I'm sure those attorneys are going to be able to get their "victims" to speak and tell the public what happened.

    The fundraising is a joke but that fits in with your campaign. The more you make racist white people laugh – the more they support you – but it won't last long because as soon as those women tell their versions of the incidents – you are through – but in the meantime keep your "crowd" laughing – cornbread.

    November 2, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. John in Colorado

    While there are many problems with our process to elect someone President, one thing it does is to showcase a person's judgement. Cain is all over the map with his changing statements (poor judgement). What is the public to believe? First, he doesn't remember anything. Then he does but it was an agreement not a settlement. AND HE HAD 10 DAYS NOTICE THIS WAS GOING TO GO PUBLIC. Obviously, in his arrogance, he didn't take it seriously (poor judgement) Now I want to hear from these women. I want to know exactly what they say that he did that made them so uncomfortable that they had to leave their jobs and get paid off to be silent forever. Is this the person we want surrounded with the temptations for corruption that exist in the Presidency? Is this the person we want with their finger on the button of a Nuclear Weapon? Is this someone whom your children should look up to? I think not !

    November 2, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Dan

    I hope he doesn't mind getting sued for slander, because he's well on his way to that with his statements regarding the charge he settled from.

    November 2, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. IDEAS and IDEALS not ideologies

    Has he been accused of sexual harassment? Yes! Now whether there was any substance to the accusations we may never know. I like Herman Cain and I don't he's guilty of anything. However, I don't think he should blame others when his past catches up with him. All info should be released and the chips fall where they may. Otherwise, no one will believe him.

    November 2, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Oldie in TampaBay

    OUCH! The truth hurts ..

    November 2, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Come on people ! I like Herman Cain, but I get sick and tired of seeing him and hearing him on EVERY NETWORK, I watch Fox News and it seems like they are almost endorsing him, I want the opportunity to see fair and balanced coverage of ALL the candidates. I may end up supporting Cain, but I want to see more information about all my options.

    May I suggest if you want to find out about all the candidates you stop watching Fox News. Faux News is a 24/7 infomercial for the GOP. They pick an agenda (currently Herman Cain is good) and run with it over and over and over.

    Better yet, skip television 'coverage' altogether and read what each candidate has for positions. Read about what they have actually said. For Romney, you could go back and look at his record and compare it to what he says. Sit down with a calculator and do the math for the silly 999 and flat tax plans. For example, if an investment banker makes 100 million dollars per year and the capital gains tax suddenly goes to zero, how much of a tax break does that person get? How much will your taxes go up or down? HTH

    November 2, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Jamie from Riverside

    Way to go, playing the victim.

    November 2, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Aaron

    It's sad that he thinks people are so dumb. Sorry Herman, but a sexual harassment settlement is not an "agreement" that can so quickly be dismissed. A settlement usually means you have no defense so you pay them to shut up about it. And this isn't new so there goes your liberal media defense too.

    November 2, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. buke56

    Cain will simply fall at the wayside for the same reasons Bachman & Perry did. All 3 arent conscience enough on foreign affairs issues or connected to the mid class to speak intelligently on the issues that matter most to Mid Amer.All 3 lack credibility. Cain referred to the Middle East as "Becky Beckty Stan Stan" and his 9-9-9 proposal is so ridiculous it has Dems, Independents and yes even members of the GOP falling to the ground laughing hystericly spinning donuts. 9-9-9 =0-0-0 chance as POTUS for Cain. The only "factions that will destroy Cain" are Cain.

    November 2, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. MTATL67

    This is nothing new. Of course factions are out to get Mr. Cain it is a race for the Presidential nomination. Many candidates have gone through this. One even went on to win the Presidency. For GOD sakes these candidates need to stop the "poor me Sarah Palin" whining. The problem is not that he is being accused by two alleged victims. The problem is at how unprepared he was to address these two accusations. He was a CEO and talk show host and he knows that you need to have your act together and facts straight when making a statement or comment about this issue. I don't think his top campaign advisors were even aware that this was out there. If he was not prepared to address this. How can he be prepared to address the issues that will face the office of the President?

    November 2, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. George

    Cain is destroying other people reputation , so he has to learn that everybody deserve respect; it doesn't matter if the guy is Black, Latin, Poor or White. He has to learn the lesson, never is too late. I have to tell that all GOP presidential candidates make Obama looks like a wise and a genial man.

    November 2, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    For those of you who want to draw a comparison to Clarence Thomas, I have one word for you. Stop. The Thomas affair was just that, an allegation of attempts to have an affair. The Herman Cain allegations are more than "he said, she said." There is a *paper trail* that Mr. Cain wishes never existed. There was no real paper trail associated with Thomas. But, there is with Mr. Cain. Too bad that one of Cain's opponents sprung this story before he was locked into the Republican nomination.

    November 2, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Big_D

    Why does the GOP always back corporate stooges like Cain when they have great candidates like Buddy Roemer that get completely ignored? Buddy Roemer has real plans but he lacks the corporate machine backing him, which is good for Americans. The GOP will not even look at him.

    November 2, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    I think Romney should change his name.

    November 2, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. Mr. Moderate

    I love how people keep blaming the vast liberal conspiracy for this. Think about it, if those mean liberals were driving this don't you think they would have waited until the general election to release it? It obviously came from one of the other Republican camps, I am sure Karl Rove was involved. Frankly, I would not be surprised if Cain's people leaked it. Nothing rallies the right to your side like the perception that those mean liberals are picking on you. Sarah Palin has built it into a multi-million dollar business.

    November 2, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. GaryB

    I get a kick out of the people who think Cain is being targeted by a Democratic smear machine. Herman Cain is Team Obama's dream opponent. Herman Cain's big claim to fame is that he's a "job creator", but a quick check of the facts is that people lost jobs, the company lost market shares, gross revenues dropped and profits remained flat (actually declined at points) during his tenure at Godfather Pizza. Turly not much of a business record to run on. Toss in absolute ignorance of foreign policy and a tax plan that even most conservative economists say won't work, and you've got a guy that's likely to just collapse in a national election. If anything, Democrats are praying that Cain gets the nomination.

    November 2, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Telchristina

    Nope,the simple truth is out to get you. Your dirty laundry has been presented to the public and it stinks.....BAD!

    November 2, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Lee

    Personally, I like Herman Cain. I might even vote for him if he is nominated. But in spite of his poll numbers, I think he would be alot easier for Obama to beat than Romney. Think about it. If Obama goes up against Romney, what is he going to attack him on? No one has anything on Romney except the Conservatives who do not like his MA healthcare deal. However, if Obama goes up against Cain, Obama can point to his 9-9-9 plan and tell the 49% who dont pay taxes and the senior citizens on social security that they are now getting a 9% sales tax and no deductions. There are way to many people who will vote against Cain and Obama will have an easy time defeating him. THAT is why I do not see how the right is thinking this is a liberal hit job.....Sure it came thru the liberal media, but I wager someone like Perry, Romney, or Rove started it.

    November 2, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. rapierpoint

    George – who are these "other people" you are talking about that Cain is destroying their reputation?

    November 2, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. bcm

    Oh boo hoo! Did he seriously think that he could run for president and this wouldn't come out? It's probably his opponents who are behind this but it doesn't matter. The truth is the truth and you can't hide from it.

    November 2, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Steve


    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.


    Democrats would like nothing better than to run against Cain. You need to look a little closer to home: Republican elites, and Perry and Romney campains. Also, recall that Nixon and his people were accomplished practioners of political smears, and Lee Atwater was no slouch either.

    November 2, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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