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. larry

    Ron Paul 2012 Start googling and find out what this guy is about!!

    November 2, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. w_roos

    Maybe it's time for Cain to take a smoke break with his Chief of Staff, Mark Block.

    November 2, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. zosimoff

    If you don't like the scrutiny on you and your family, and you don't want to answer questions...DON'T RUN FOR OFFICE!

    Candidates are such whiners these days!

    November 2, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Reece

    Obviously he's finished. The reporters know it, Cain knows it, we know it – the reporters are now toying with him and he deserves to be toyed with – I mean, how could he even believe such secrets can't be let out of the closet? To hell with the confidentiality agreement. Show us your courage Cain!!!!

    November 2, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. ithink122

    In regards to “The Real Tom Paine”s comments about Cain just wanting to sell books:

    Just so everyone knows in case you missed the news story a few months ago, Cain doesn’t need anyone to buy his book. His campaign is using campaign funds to buy up hundreds/thousands of copies. He admits it and insists it’s legal. More book sales directly translates to more money in his personal bank account. That means that he is using campaign funds to make himself rich. For all those Cain supporters out there, I want to know how that can be considered legal.

    November 2, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Vince

    Sorry Cain. Welcome to Presidential politics. Every part of your past is up for discussion. Can't stand the heat? Get out of the race.

    November 2, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Be sure that your sins will find you out!

    It is amusing that Mr. Cain, his surrogets, & his girl Ann Coulter immediatley want to blame the liberal left media for his questionable past and now imploding campaign. He may or may not have comitted a crime in the past, but his inability to address the issue in a straightforward manner clearly spelled his downfall. By the way, did they (Cain, Coulter, ect.) ever stop to consider that any of their fellow Republicans might have a hand in the leaking of this past information?

    November 2, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Foreverwar

    Nine versions of nine different stories in nine minutes.

    November 2, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. FLIndependent

    "and how is this any different than the current bunch in the white house"

    ________________________

    This has to win the dumbest post of the day!!

    November 2, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. RedMan

    "What part of no do you not understand,"

    That's what she said...

    November 2, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Buster Bloodvessel

    Please let us know when you conservatives are through crucifying your front-runner, so we can take our turn. It's hilarious how you try to blame us for what your man had in his pocket all along. The screeches of 'you Dems are racists" are especially funny. Did you happen to notice our black president?

    November 2, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. SPQR

    Mr. Cain, perhaps now you know what it feels to be harrassed.

    It is better for you to abandon your candidature now and apologize.

    Than have to answer harder questions later and apologize when it is too late.

    You and me we both know you blew it !

    November 2, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. ckn92

    I'm a Republican and I'm sorry, but I wouldn't trust this guy any further than I could throw Obama. Are you kidding? Is there really anyone out there so naive that you would even seriously consider Cain as a President?

    November 2, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Lean6

    I'm not sure what planet Cain came from if anything about him is genuine. He is absolutely clueless.

    November 2, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Herman Cain represents the BIGGEST THREAT to the Democrat Party out there. The fact that he exists at all is a complete repudiation of Democrat ideals when it comes to blacks. It proves the Democrats have lied to blacks for decades in order to keep them on the Democrat plantation, obeying the Democrat masters that tell them how they must vote and that they and only they can help them. Blacks that continue to blindly follow the Democrats doom themselves and future generations to Democrat Party subserviance. Free your mind, then free yourselves!

    November 2, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. OhBoy

    This republican black dude is history. Give it up. You are not presidential.

    November 2, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Liz the First

    "doug

    The Democrats of today sure make Wallace, Al Gore Sr., and Robert Byrd proud. The party's whole tradition is racism, hate, and lies."
    in what alternate universe, Douggie? we elected a black man president and we're fighting like hell to keep YOUR party from disenfranchising minorities all over the country so they can thwart the democratic process under the guise of combatting 'voter fraud.' the whole rethug party should be prosecuted under the RICO act! this whole dust-up over Cain's bad behavior has nothing to do with race, that's a convenient smokescreen. it has to do with him being a sleaze who's now being exposed. deal with it.

    November 2, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    A third woman is making acusations now. Dude is DONE. Buh bye.

    November 2, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. jj

    'We are asking for a release so they can talk...' In other words, a suitcase of large bills is on the way right now, so they can 'remember' correctly.
    It's so funny how the 'Thugs have done anything they can to stop Obama – and they can't dig up a winnable candidate to run against him!

    November 2, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. C in the South

    This is fast becoming the political equivalent of a guy standing at the mountaintop (Cain) screaming about how wonderful he is when all of a sudden another person appears (Perry), pushes him down the side of the mountain (by leaking this story to Politico) and his haste to celebrate himself, he slips and falls down the same cliff.

    Earlier this year I was wondering if the GOP could provide us with the same foolishness they did in "08. They have far exceeded my expectations!

    November 2, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. V. Olsen

    Mr. Cain showed what I believe to be a business approach to the media when he set the terms, of only answering questions about the subjects of his meeting with the medical profession. I’m even more convinced we need a BUSINESS approach to running the country rather than a political approach. Count on me for a vote for Mr. Cain for President of the United States of America.

    November 2, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. buke56

    If hes innocent why is he so reluctant to offer proof to the press? Does he want the voters to have doubts about him?

    November 2, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "I guess Rudy's answer is 99% tax rates, 40 million laws and regulations and a retirement age of 25. "

    Yes, I'm sure that's what everyone means when they suggest that we should come up with a reasonable number for such things such that the rich can still keep being rich and privileged and enjoying massive loads of cash, just slightly less, and so the middle-class and poor can have something more than simply subsistence living for 60-70 years until they die broke and impoverished in a slipshod nursing home owned by a giant rich corporation and said care being paid for by Medicaid after they have bankrupted themselves for their geriatric care.

    November 2, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Silly Baggers!
    Hey @Democrat Party – leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA why don't you tell us how the health care system will implode when the health care act goes into effect. We are looking for specifics here not just your typical outbursts.
    ==========================================================================================
    Companies pay nearly $12,000 per employee for healthcare costs. Obamacare fines them $2,000 per employee if they are not covered. $10,000 savings per individual TO DROP THEIR COVERAGE and then DRIVE THEM INTO GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE which more and more doctors will not take on as patients.

    Obama and the Democrats have sabotaged the entire healthcare system with Obamacare. If it is not repealed, TENS OF MILLIONS will lose their healthcare in this country complements of Obama and the Democrats. Of course I'm sure they're ready to blame all those evil businesses for doing what they wanted to hvae happen anyways, government owned and run healthcare.

    November 2, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. excitizen

    To all those here whining endlessly about the leftist media attacking Cain, all I can say is CAN I SEE CAIN'S BIRHT CERTIFICATE!!!! The hypocrisy of the right never fails to astound me. This is the party of family values???? What values exactly? Because the last time I checked hypocrisy, lying, cheating, greed and violence were not anywhere near what I understand family values to be; yet the right seem to embrace and celebrate all of these wholeheartedly, EXCEPT when they come from a liberal – only then are they SINS!!!!.

    November 2, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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