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

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. Post American

    I wasn't planning on voting for Obama again, but after the rise and fall of Palin, Trump, Bachmann, Perry, and Cain there isn't much choice is there? As an centrist independent, its been nice to see that President Obama put the interests of his nation ahead of his political party. If he is as hated by the left as he is by the right, he must be doing something right. Cain's inept responses to his plethora of gaffes and mistakes shows this dood isn't ready fer prime time. The fact that the GOP embraces such ignorance and victimization shows they've turned into a crazed cult of partisans.

    November 4, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Logic

    The libtards are too funny already convicting the guy. If he was a democrat the same morons would be crying RACISM!!! The left is so predictable.

    November 4, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |

    I have to admit it I am a complete DBAG!!!!!!!!! I have a junior high education and I hang out with the Occupy socialists. George Bush is to blame for everything bad in this world. I rely on government for everything and I think capitalism is for the birds. Why should somebody have to work to be successful?

    November 4, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Mike

    If the left were behind this obvious political smear, they would wait until the general election. This is an attack from another Republican candidate, obviously, as evidenced by the gentleman from the Perry campaign that tried to fuel this fire earlier this week.

    November 4, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. judith

    Indeed, he is like Clarence Thomas, a right-wing zealot and favorite of the Koch brothers. Thomas should be taken off the court because his wife is taking money from right-wing groups and Herman Cain is a laughingstock and totally unfit for high office.

    November 4, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Bob

    Except Clarence Thomas' accusers weren't paid tens of thousands of dollars each to hush up. Also, Thomas benefited from the charges because he could play the "poor, Black me. I'm a victim." card. The judicial review committee concluded that Thomas was not qualified by his legal experience or education to be a Supreme Court justice- something which his history on the Supreme Court has born out. Thomas has written less than one fifth the number of opinions of any other justice. The opinions he has written draw laughs and puzzlement for being inarticulate and inappropriate. He's been an embarrassment to the court. The fact that he is Black was the only reason he was nominated. You could practically hear Bush snickering "I dare those liberals to reject his nomination!". I mean, a Black conservative is such a rare (misguided) individual it should be preserved in a museum instead of forced to work at a job for which he is clearly not suited.

    November 4, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. AC

    Cain (w/o Able) – has now been kicked out of his ivory tower and the bones can flying out of his tower's closet.
    He can't even get the story straight....Welcome to DC politics..the bad and ugly..

    November 4, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. Katherine

    This has NOTHING to do with party, gender, beliefs or race. People in power are very tempted, since they they're in power, somehow they feel they have a green card to behave anyway they wish. Luckily, the truth will out at some point to quote Fox Mulder!

    November 4, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. Loathstheright

    Aw, the little narcissistic pervert is having a tantrum over the truth coming out...dear Mr. Cain, you can't sue over the truth...only lies....and you sure do know about lies, now don't you Mr. Cain.

    November 4, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Gemini Girl

    What is the matter with you, EVERALDO JONES?
    This has nothing to do with the president! Cain is guilty as sin and thought that having those two females sign confidentialy agreements 15 years ago would keep them quiet forever! Well, it's his fault this all came out, and rightly so. And what about those stupid Repub talking heads like Rush & Ann Coulter & Shammity? They really are ignorant, as are Cain's followers & donors. Stupid, stupid, stupid...

    November 4, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. nathan

    Race and or political party has nothing to do with it. Men with power take advantage of women without power. Period.

    November 4, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Amunaka

    So the right uses the racism card ....while playing the poor victim of liberalism card...the liberal media smear of
    conservative blacks... proof cain and thomas....two in twenty cain's out there saying he's " the koch bruthas brutha from anutha mutha.."

    I mean you can't make this stuff up ...

    November 4, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. TonyK

    It ain't the left doin it–blame Perry et al, not to mention Repub mainstreamers. The left would love to see Cain nominated. What fun that would be!

    November 4, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. roscoe

    Are Cain and Thomas the same? Yes, they both have a history of harrassing woman. Thomas got away with it and got onto the Supreme Court.....we'll have to wait to see if Cain gets off too,

    November 4, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Everaldo Jones: You're delusional if you seriously think for one minute that Karl Rove and the Koch brothers will ever let Herbie be nominated, let alone POTUS.

    Herbie is being used to split the black vote and to give the GOP cover that its base isn't racist. Anyone with a working brain will not fall for this.

    November 4, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. Larry

    As usual, the fact that he's black would normally earn him a "teflon" status – no accusations would stick, even if he was from a corrupt political machine or had friends that were domestic terrorists. All that, of course, goes out the window because he's conservative. This again illustrates the hypocracy of the liberal mindset – "You're free to believe or say anything you want – as long as we approve."

    November 4, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Scot

    Thomas lied and was promoted to the greatest court in the nation! If "the Machine" wanted Cain to be our next president they would have pulled out all the stops to sweep this under the table as they did for the worst supreme court judge in past history !

    November 4, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. Peter

    Typical fanboy responses. 5 minutes after the story broke, Cain fans and proclaiming his innocence and the anti-Cain forces are condemning him. Let's get to the truth, shall we? The fanboy responses indicate just how stupid and robotic many people are. Its as if they have no brain.

    November 4, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. nru

    Pizza man with a $9.99 plan versus a Supreme Court nominee?? go figure – what a bunch of bunk

    November 4, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. fmjk

    The comparison is not apt at all. Whether Hill was telling the truth or not, she never came forward at the time and it all came out in connection with the hearing. But the suggestion that this is some media or liberal attack to stop Cain has no similar facts to rely upon. These women complained when the conduct took place. Cain's employer actually settled the complaints when the conduct took place. Those are historical facts.

    November 4, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Dave, Central Illinois

    Lets dig up Obama stories – illegal alien aunt still living in US, member of racist church, donations to campaign from foreign sources, yada yada. Now listen to the Libs trashing Cain scream. Libs are sooo predictable....

    November 4, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    This allegation that Cain is being attacked because he is black is absurd. Cain himself said that there is no racism in America.

    November 4, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. AZLib

    Since when did GOP member care about women? Are you kidding me... Anita Hill was blasted by the GOP and look what we got... Ol rubber stamp himself a no more perfect poster boy for the peter principal never lived. Now Cain who openly admits he is bought and paid for by the Koch brothers... Again... Why is the media not talking about women rights and how they are attached by these agressive males... Why was the GOP so out to impeach clinton, but in the case of Cain they are saying calm down calm down... Then there is the bit about abortion... should I go on... GOP will do ANYTHING, Say ANYTHING destroy Anything (or anybody) to have their way... No wonder we have OWS and other cities... people are tired of the bought and paid for politicians, along with their propaganda machines such as rush, clear channel and foux news. The part of NO is turly the party of NOT KNOWING when it comes to one of their truly doing wrong..

    November 4, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. Rd

    No one posting here knows what the truth is yet. I will never vote for this man, but I won't crucify him with no real evidence either. We can complain all we want about the rabid gridlock in Washington but it is obvious they are just a reflection of us.

    November 4, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. thomas

    Cain / Thomas 2012

    Let's Get a Groove On !

    November 4, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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