Cain gets testy with reporters
November 2nd, 2011
12:29 PM ET
11 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. *

    You are supporting someone who thinks that you are a lazy good for nothing. Did you know that? Cain says if you are out of work it's your own damn fault. How's that cognitive dissonace thing working? What has the GOP proposed that will help you find work? How does the GOP feel about the unemployment benefits you are probably getting? Good luck with those tax cuts creating a job for you.

    November 2, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Jay

    Welcome to the national stage Mr. Cain. Here's my advice, if you can't stand the heat....I'm sure you know the rest.

    But I thought getting to the White House would be so much easier. I didn't think things from my past would come back to possibly bite me. Boo-hoo, Wah-Wah...

    The Republican field increasingly looks like a bunch of Wannabes and a weakling "frontrunner" aka Mitt Romney. Maybe Obama isn't headed for such a tough time after all?

    Obama Biden 2012 and Infinity
    Occupy Wall Street 2012 and Forever

    November 2, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Dave

    he just wanted to introduce the ladies to his Plan 999...that's all.......

    November 2, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Independent Voters

    What did Cain mean when he said those people.

    November 2, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Thor

    ""Excuse me," Cain yelled. "

    Actually, I didn't hear him "yelling". I know what yelling is. I have seen Marines being yelled at in a Navy brig. That was not yelling. Your false reporting is a lie!

    November 2, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. hillcrester

    Black Walnut is melting fast and (to mix food metaphors) he's toast. I suppose his shuck-and-jive about the harassment claim/settlement/payoff is news, but Cain's candidacy is quickly losing its news value.

    November 2, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Alina1

    Now, if you not a Republican or a Tea Partyer, you are not an American. If you asking questions a man that wants to be a President of the United States, you must be that "darn" "liberal media".

    November 2, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. G D

    "What part of no do you not understand?" Mr. Cain, what part of the electorate expecting clear, honest answers to legitimate character questions do you not understand? I think we will coin the term "Cain-wreck", we don't want to watch, but just can't help ourselves...

    November 2, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Fed Up

    Who is to say those woman didn't exaggerate..........he said, she said... Whatever! Who cares....Look at JOHN EDWARDS, BILL CLINTON, AL GORE & WEINER!!! People can accuse you of anything these days...then you have to fight for your honor and not the other way around.

    November 2, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Jaime

    These reporters are out of line. Mr. Cain has made himself abundantly available to them and yet they infringe upon his appointments with doctors. They have no respect. Wait for the paperwork from the NRC to come out and learn a little respect. This is NOT Hollywood or Lindsay Lohan!

    November 2, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. ATL Guy

    Let's see how quickly his white conservative supporters start dropping him when they realize that the women he harassed are WHITE WOMEN.

    November 2, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Reagan Republican

    Cain is not and has not been running as a serious candidate for the Republican nomination. If Reagan was alived today he would see Cain's campaign for what it is and ill plotted ploy to show the Republican as being more open and having a bigger tent. You only have to look at the commentary from FOX news like Anne Coulter. Reagan would ripped these people apart for this nonsense. Cain will either get a cushy position at Fox, that's if they can afford more sub par talking heads to tow the line without upsetting their real reporters or to get a nice position in a Republican administration.

    November 2, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    SOLYNDRA wrote:
    Have any of you liberal parasites been paying attention to what is going on in Greece? The social welfare state (Greece) has borrowed too much and can't pay it back. Too may people receiving government benefits and not enough people are working to pay for it.
    Of course, liberals have taken notice? Haven't you noticed what has really occured with the "P.I.G.S." of the European Union? The "P.I.G.S." have some of the lowest base corporate tax rates in Europe, as well as some of the fewest corporate and businsess regulations in the industrialized world. Greece is just the first to go.

    November 2, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Hongli

    Three unstoppable agents are on the heels of Herman Cain and he fears them very much: TIME, GUILT and SHAME.

    November 2, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. thomas mc

    Cain is proving himself to be all ego, and no brains.

    November 2, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. mehh

    I like his "grabby hands" in the pic.

    November 2, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Geoz

    "what part of no don't you understand?" Irony much?

    November 2, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Patin IL

    That kind of reaction and refusing to answer questions that are theheadlines of the day really shows the intelligence and maturity level of this a 14 year old.

    November 2, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. FLIndependent

    @ SOLYNDRA – "Have any of you liberal parasites been paying attention to what is going on in Greece? The social welfare state (Greece) has borrowed too much and can't pay it back"
    Just curious – did you question Bush & Co when they were borrowing money for their illegal war? You people just can't see the light and it amazes me. Bush borrowed to end the lives of 5000 of our young men & women and countless Iraqis (even though we supposedly went in there to save their lives from Hussein). On the other hand, President Obama has spent to help our failing economy and citizens that are in dire straights and also to try to move this country into the 21st Century. I truly wish you Repubs/Tea Partiers would expand your tunnel vision!!

    November 2, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Eric S.

    Uh, hold it a second. If the woman confirmed to Politico that the harassment settlement took place, it is she who violated the non-disclosure agreement first! Cain should sue her butt.

    November 2, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Live Free or Die transplant

    Shoddy, unprofessional journalism.

    CNn"s Acosta misquotes Cain as saying: " "Don't even bother asking me all of these questions,"

    Play the video and Listen to the what Cain actually said: ""Don't even bother asking me all of these other questions that you all are curious about, okay? Don't even bother,"

    Selective, deliberate misquoting to support CNN's bias, rather than factual reporting.

    November 2, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. rob

    @ ATL Guy
    Nice try. Its the Democrats who are the real racists. Any person of color or hispanic who dares oppose them is immediately attacked in the most vicious and vile way. That includes conservative women as well.

    @ Rudy NYC
    How can you blame whats happening in Europe to low Corporate taxes and regulations. These socialist democracies are dying of there own idiologies. Social wealfare states can't grow fast enough economically to sustain the costs of their cradle to grave spending. Its as simple as that.

    November 2, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. "Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine..."

    Can there be anything more entertaining than watching a cheap, self-serving, hypocrite (i.e., a republican candidate for office) self-destruct in front of the entire world? I mean, besides Ann Coulter getting a pie thrown in its face?

    Mr. Cain is providing a delightful spectacle of horror, as his past finally catches up with him. I love watching the footage.

    November 2, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Larry L

    It appears that the last of the Republican candidates "God asked to run" is going down the toilet. Bachman, Perry Santorum, and Cain all claimed God told them to run. Maybe God really is a Mormon!

    The conservatives have done it again. I thought the Palin debacle was just an anomoly but it seems they are incapable of selecting a candidate from the rational side of the Republican Party. Maybe that side no longer exists...

    November 2, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Clwyd

    Look at the man now! A pathetic liar who has changed his story 5 times. Before the right attacks the left remember it was conservative mouth piece "Politico" that leaked this news. Could the right candidates wan to get right of the Cain pressure on them?

    November 2, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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