Cain gets testy with reporters
November 2nd, 2011
12:29 PM ET
10 years ago

Cain gets testy with reporters

Alexandria, Virginia (CNN) - All of the questions may be getting to Herman Cain.

The GOP presidential candidate was a bit touchy Wednesday when questioned by reporters about claims he sexually harassed two women in the late 1990's during his time as head of the National Restaurant Association.

Read the full story here.

"Don't even bother asking me all of these questions," Cain said to reporters.

Then the conservative businessman raised his voice.

"Excuse me," Cain yelled. "What part of no do you not understand," he asked.

The incident occurred inside a Northern Virginia hotel where Cain met with a group of conservative physicians.

Cain's security staff then pushed their way through a scrum of reporters and photographers to escort the candidate into a conference room where he made a statement to the doctors.

Reporters attempted to ask Cain whether he would call on the National Restaurant Association to release the two women from non-disclosure agreements that they reportedly signed in order to receive settlement payments from the lobbying group.

A lawyer representing one of the women told CNN he plans to ask the National Restaurant Association for a release from those agreements, citing Cain's comments as a potential violation of the conditions of those settlements.

Cain's Chief of Staff, Mark Block indicated talks to release the women from their non-disclosure agreements may be underway.

Holding a phone up to his ear, Block said to CNN: "This may be the call now."

"Should be an interesting 48 hours," he added.

The story on the harassment complaints and settlements were first reported by POLITICO.

Cain has denied he sexually harassed the women.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Aaron

    The dude had better get used to it. The personal questions will only escalate. He might need to take questions only from Fox News reporters like Bachmann. They won't ask anything embarrassing or profound and will lie to make him look good. That, of course, is contingent on Fox liking black people now.

    November 2, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Buster Bloodvessel

    Those doggone liberals at Politico – oh wait.

    November 2, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. fred

    If you can't take the heat, step away from the pizza oven.

    November 2, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. bluedogboy

    This whole story came from the right (probably Perry's camp). The liberal media is not to blame for this.

    November 2, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. WhereIsPalin

    I'd suggest consulting Bill Clinton. You know how the liberals are, right Coulter? They dogged Clinton for 8 years.

    What?...........never mind.

    November 2, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Tom

    This is a story pushed and released by the Right. This is to stop his rise above the 'mainstream' candidates of lunacy. Those who blame the left are just simple viewed and can't believe the Right would attack one of their own...

    November 2, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Welcome to the party Mr. Cain. Getting a little hot in there? Suck it up or get out. The voters will be dismissing you and your phony PR-Book Tour in due time. Just another fake self-promoter. Trump, Palin, Herb (I mean, Herm).....

    November 2, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Independent Voters

    I fell out of my chair LMAO at that video...Excuse me dont even try it!

    November 2, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. pmk1953

    Remember, he mentioned legal issues yesterday. He's probably going to sue to block the non-discloure clause's release. You know he doesn't want anyone to hear the other side. Lawsuits are probably ready to be filed in the next few days. His campaign manager said it will be an interesting 48 hours coming up. Injunction city, here we come!

    November 2, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Steve

    Wasn't the conficentiality agreement broke even by the ladies mentioning this. It seems it was broke just by them brining it up.

    November 2, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. seriously???

    I hope Cain can shrug this off or that it emboldens Republicans to support him. As an Obama supporter I would love to see Cain get the nom. A Cain/Obama debate would be funnier than "Bridesmaids."

    November 2, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. slappy white

    "What part of no do you not understand," he asked.

    Apparently the same part of 'no' you didn't understand with at least two women, Herman.

    November 2, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. ex-sarge

    Wasn't "being a bit touchy" what got him into trouble to start with?

    November 2, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Robert

    Right wingers will love his outburst. It shows character they'll say.

    If he doesn't answer questions, the questions will not cease.

    Either way, he will not be the nominee.

    November 2, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Rick

    Not only has Cain known about this since it happened obviously, and not prepared for it, Politico, who broke the story, told him 10 hrs in advance of publishing it that they were going to, yet the guy is acting like it's all a big surprise based on his total lack of ability to deal with it. That in itself should show he is far from ready for prime time. He should have known exactly how he was going to deal with it after the warning from Politico.

    November 2, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. jim.mck

    I don't care much for Cain,but i love it when anyone gets testy with the media.They ask the same things over and over and over. Whether the question gets answered or not isn't important. They just hound away with the same old questions. They never really ask the questions you want to know the answers to. Anyway, Cain's demise is eventual, not probable, so go investigate and find the real story that ends his campaign.

    November 2, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. phearis

    @Inrealityhere – ~giggle~ Conservatives like you is the reason why we've already gone over the cliff. If you sent as much time actually helping instead of hindering, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in now.

    November 2, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Stan

    Not sure I'd want a president that tells people to shut up.

    November 2, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. mrmew55

    Hey Herman – what part of "freedom of the press" don't YOU understand?

    November 2, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Ronald

    Not the actions of an innocent man. Hey, your a candidate for the highest office in the land...welcome to the game.

    November 2, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. The_dude

    Cain has the same qualifications for president that olameo had......NONE.

    November 2, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Greg

    It's fun watching him implode. This man is just not that smart. I love his current comment about China trying to get nuclear weapons. Duh...China has had nuclear for 40+ years. Why isn't the media covering his campaign contributions? I think that scandal is worse than slapping a woman on the behind. I hope this guy wins the nomination. It will mean two things, conservatives don't care about values and Obama gets a second term.

    November 2, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Rob in MO

    Welcome to the rough and tumble world of politics. If you cannot stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Don't blame liberals for this; it was first publicized by a conservative organization. Liberals would have only used it if he received the nomination – an impossibility.

    November 2, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Howard (who stated) "I can't understand why Cain would get testy with a biased mainstream media, who is complicit in smearing him, and who are in, and always have been in the tank for obama ???"

    Please list who these media folks "in the tank for Obama" are. I'd love to read their non biased comments favoring President Obama.

    November 2, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Tom

    Mr. Cain needs to learn how to manage the media better. That being said, I think I would also get a bit testy if a gang of people was obstructing my way and keeping me from getting to my next appointment.

    November 2, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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