Pro-Cain group attacks media over controversy
November 4th, 2011
08:36 AM ET
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Pro-Cain group attacks media over controversy

Washington (CNN) - An independent group dedicated to helping Herman Cain win the GOP presidential nomination is up with a web video that defends the Republican presidential candidate against allegations of sexual harassment.

The web video, by a super political action committee called the "9-9-9 Fund," includes clips of conservative hosts, including Rush Limbaugh, blaming the mainstream media for attacking a black conservative like Cain. The video uses television clips of liberal pundits attacking Cain as well as the famous clip of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas calling his grilling during his confirmation hearings two decades ago "a high-tech lynching, and ends with the on-screen message, "Don't let the left do it again."

A spokesman for the superPAC tells CNN that a shorter version of the video will run as a paid commercial on Iowa TV starting next week and that his group will also blast out automated calls in Iowa and Nevada with the same message.

Iowa's January 3 caucuses kick off the primary and caucus calendar. Nevada is now scheduled to be the fifth state to weigh in on the battle for the nomination, holding its caucus on February 4.

The 9-9-9 Fund was launched last month to aid Cain's candidacy in the early voting states. The superPAC is run by Republican campaign veteran Jordan Gehrke.

Under Federal Election Commission rules, a "superPAC" can accept unlimited donations but must report its contributors and cannot coordinate with a candidate's campaign. Other GOP presidential candidates, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, as well as President Barack Obama, have superPACs established by former aides to help in their fundraising efforts.

Cain's sexual harassment controversy was ignited Sunday by a report on the political website Politico which alleged that two female employees at the National Restaurant Association accused Cain of inappropriate behavior during his tenure as head of the organization in the late 1990s. Cain calls the allegations fabricated and baseless.

- CNN Senior Political Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

- Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @PSteinhauserCNN


Also see:

Has Cain controversy hurt him in the polls?

Perry:  Our campaign didn't have anything to do with it

Lawyer for Cain accuser hopes to release statement Friday

Filed under: 2012 • Clarence Thomas • Herman Cain
soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Dee

    Crazy world of politics. When Sarah Palin loudly blasted candidate Obama during the 2008 campaign, she was labeled a great and wonderful opponent. Now the people and the media are questioning and wondering about the accusations against Cain, some conservatives are saying that it's a biased attack! What Is Wrong With This Picture???

    November 4, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Because of a settlement from Herb's wrong doing, its the medias' fault? Time to say "No!" to McDonalds and Burger King for hiring Herb to lobbying for them.

    November 4, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. 1crusader

    This is a case of the the right wing "shooting the messenger" for exposing their guy's flaws.The level of hypocrisy in this is amazing.They went so far as to impeach Bill Clinton for lying, and this was after he owned up to it.Cain has told one lie after another, and to them, he isn't guilty.He's just being attacked by the liberal media who hates black conservatives.This is about as looney as it gets!

    November 4, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. v_mag

    Cain has already blamed Perry. So why does his superPAC blame the media? And why isn't Cain accepting the blame? He's the one that says people get what they deserve, right?

    In the end, all the right wingers will get together and blame the victims of Cain's nastiness, if history is any guide.

    November 4, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Matt

    Yes, it's the liberals fault for Cain harassing women.*rolls eyes*

    November 4, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Seattle Sue

    Excuse me, Excuse me, wasn't a lawsuit actually filed against Herman Cain? If Herman Cain has nothing to hide, why has he been lying about this lawsuit all week? I assume this lawsuit is for real. I don't know the details of it, but let the public know how it came out.

    November 4, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    Why did Herb payoff the accusers instead of defending his so-called innocence? Herb is a liar. Also, I thought Herb said racism no longer existed, yet here he and his cult-followers are screaming racism and playing the race card. Also, it is his own party that dredged up his dirty past, not the "left-wing liberals". Herb, take your own condescending advice, don't blame the media, blame yo'self!

    November 4, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Dave

    Of course it's the media's fault. Any time a Republican gets into trouble, they blame the terrible media for their problems and take zero responsibility for their own actions. At the same time, they have no problem ramming their "moral values" down everyone's throat. Pathetic.

    November 4, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Harry

    Cain appears to be the "brain washed one. Now he wants to play the race card, and blame his actions on liberals
    and Perry. My advise to Herman Cain is in his own words, "Blame Yo self."

    November 4, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    the media is reporting on the story broken by a right wing operative. Get over it. And the "high tech lynching" stuff...using the race card I see herm. Oh well. You weren't going anywhere anyway so you'd might as well take it as far to the extreme as you can while anyone cares

    November 4, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Kelly

    As a successful, intelligent(not brainwashed) African American, I hope the media continues to expose Herman Cain as the
    fraud that he is. What a scoundrel.

    November 4, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Even in the unlikely event that he wins the nomination, he still can't really compete. He doesn't know and understand government enough to know that all his plans have to go through Congress. He won't get what he wants.

    November 4, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. qwubee25

    the U.S.S. "Herman Cain", the flagship tugboat of the GOP fleet, has sprung a leak.. Men – grab the duct tape and patch, like you've patched no more...

    November 4, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Big Jilm

    Except for one was reported by rival conservatives ...and they know that. So they know they're lying.

    November 4, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. sortakinda

    Where there is smoke, there usually is fire. Anita Hill was the most reluctant "accuser" that could ever be brought into the spotlight. Those "vetting" Thomas before his nomination should have explored and discovered his history BEFORE he was nominated. He was confirmed anyway, with a great many people convinced that Clarence Thomas is a LIAR. Cain has three blots on his record, and he too is saying a lot of things that are of questionable veracity.

    November 4, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. JCNow

    The evidence keeps piling up. Cain's going to have a much harder time denying the sexual harassment claims now that Perry's aide (who used to work with Cain at the National Restaurant Association) outed on him. It appears that Cain has consistently had a derogatory attitude towards women, which was well known throughout the NRA.

    November 4, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. United We Stood

    Why let facts get in the way of a good rant? Herb told us all not to go looking at race, so why would this be a lynching? How about we frame it accurately - Herb was caught doing some shady come-ons to females at the NRA. He paid the females off in an attempt to make it go away. Investigative journalism that uncovers facts does not equate to a "lynching".
    From a speculative standpoint, it does not make sense for the "left" to bring this up, and certainly not right now before the general. The "left" would love to see Herb as the GOTP's pick. Go Herb go.

    November 4, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. TM

    Clarence Thomas is the last person Cain supporters should be using for comparison. Cain will not be helped by being tied to someone who has repeatedly violated judicial ethics by lying on his income tax reporting and not recusing himself from cases that have financially benefitted his wife's company.

    November 4, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. RINO Bil

    Yawn! Same 'ole, same 'ole. Whine about the media, but don't address the issue.

    How predictably ... old school Republican.

    November 4, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. onelinerix

    yesh he's like clarence – people in power abusing the privilege for favors and then claiming to be victims of politics and/or racism when they get caught

    November 4, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Liz the First

    There they go again! shooting the messenger. the media are doing their job reporting what should be a game-changing story. and herman, comparing yourself to clarence thomas is not a good thing. there is no way he should be sitting on the supreme court and there's no way you should be president. and the sexual misconduct is the least of the reasons why you have no business being president.

    November 4, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Debbie from Arizona

    Cain needs to tell the truth. His stories have changed daily. As for Thomas, he should have never been confirmed as a Supreme Court Judge. Now this country is dealing with his obvious partisan rulings. The fact that he didn't report his wife's earnings as a Tea Party leader, (he forgot) pretty well shows where his loyalties lie.

    November 4, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Jules

    Be careful out there, there a still a lot of people who believed what Anita Hill had to say and they believe Clarence Thomas should never have been confirmed as a Justice on the Supreme Court. Do I think Herman Cain did what he has been accused of? I'm guessing yes, but will wait until it all shakes out and it will shake out.

    November 4, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Michigan_Joe

    Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain are cut from the same cloth. Thomas' wife as an interviewer is a laugh and a half. Why doesn't some one ask Anita Hill to interview Cain? You know why, I know why, and he would be flubbing every question. When we see him visually sweating over these questions, all we see is a man out of touch and scared to death he got caught. He is not Presidential anymore than Thomas deserves to remain on the supreme court. They both need to go away.

    November 4, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Amazing

    This is not a high tech lynching. There are numerous differences: 1) there is a confirmation of two leagl settelements regarding the alleged harassment 2) A white male republican has stated he has observed the behavior 3) Cain changed his story 3X within a 24 hour period. It is the 3 item that has kept this story alive.

    Nice try RNC! But you lose on this one.

    November 4, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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