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. Brownie2

    The media is only doing its job. Politico had a responsibility to follow up on these charges just as they followed up on the Clinton, Weiner, Edwards. and others who were Democrats. I'm sick of republicans crying "liberal attack" whenever one of theirs is caught up in mess. THESE PEOPLE WOULD BACK SATAN HIMSELF IF THEY THOUGHT HE WOULD PRESIDENT OBAMA OUT OF "THEIR" WHITE HOUSE.

    November 4, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. aggie95

    Don't blame "liberal media", don't blame another campaign...In Mr. Cain's OWN words, "BLAME YOURSELF!" You see, be careful what you say as your words can come back to BITE YA in the butt...Welcome to the big boy league! This is just a HOT MESS! Beyond this scandal, Cain is just soooo NOT presidential.

    November 4, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. dennis

    Both cain and thomas are undeserving of the positions in which they find themselves. they are an embarrassment to any person not already prejudiced by political preferences

    November 4, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. JJ

    Cain is resorting to using Rush Limbaugh as his defense??????????????? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Charlie from the North

    For one thing Clarence Thomas got away with it. The GOP blamed the victim and it worked. This case is already settled.

    November 4, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Telchristina

    The polls don't speak for Democrat or Independent voters like me. What a pathetic for the Republican if that's all they can get, so be it! Obama will have a second term and they are the ones who should be blamed for!

    November 4, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Anonymous

    The mutual admiration society at its best! LOL

    November 4, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. cf

    I never understood where people get off blaming "The Media." "The Media" didn't force Herman Cain to assault those women. "The Media" didn't make him pay them off. It is the media's responsibility to report on newsworthy events. Don't blame the media for reporting on a candidate doing stupid things, blame the candidate for doing stupid things!

    These people use the media to their advantage when it's to bash their opponents or get their soundbite through to Americans, or to report negative things that their opponents have done. But as soon as they do something negative themselves, they want the media to keep it under wraps and not report it.

    November 4, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Phil in KC

    I'll tell you how they're different: Clarence Thomas got the position he was seeking; Herman Cain will not. Other than that, they're 2 peas in a pod.

    November 4, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Sniffit

    The settlement agreement is dated 9-99.

    November 4, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Ken

    The mere fact that settlements were paid is proof enough that Herman Cain did something wrong. But right-wing moral standards are so low that it doesn't matter to them.

    November 4, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. They'reallthesame

    Actually, the liberal media didn't do a great job with Thomas, unfortunately. He's on the Supreme Court anyway. His is a case that shows the imperfections in our system.

    November 4, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Ambrose Smith

    Awwww. It's the evil media's fault again! They are so mean!

    November 4, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. John Ellis

    Thomas was accused by the woman he harrassed and should never have been confirmed, he had neither the experience nor the character to be a lifetime appointment to the SC, as he has proved. He should be removed now, nothing to do with Anita Hill. Cain is indeed exactly like Thomas.

    November 4, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    ""The Media" didn't force Herman Cain to assault those women."
    Please cite your source for ANY "assault". Don't have one? Thanks for playing. Johnny will tell you about your lovely parting gifts.

    November 4, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Thinking Man

    It certainly appears that Cain changes his story every time he opens his mouth.

    November 4, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Outrage

    It certainly appears that Cain changes his story every time he opens his mouth.

    November 4, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. CathyinMN

    It's easier for that group to accuse the "liberal media" rather than look to their own. If I had to bet money, this came from within the GOP itself. Smacks of Karl Rove but why do I have the sneaking suspicion this came from the Perry camp. Mr. Cain should quit whinning, admit perhaps his actions may have been misconstrued by the women involved and move on. IT'S ALWAYS THE COVER-UP that gets you in trouble.

    November 4, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    The only similarity is that Cain and Thomas are both black men accused of sexual harassment. Period.

    Cain is just trying to play the victim card, which he constantly does. So I say this to Hermie: If you've had to pay off people for their silence and be booted from an organization, blame yourself!

    November 4, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. shoegazer

    That should actually read,"Don't let the RIGHT do it again".

    November 4, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Evan

    This isn't a "left media issue" or a "race issue." These were two men who were engaged in inappropriate behavior in the workplace at a time when they thought they could use the power of their position and get away with it. I watched the Clarence Thomas hearings; the "Good Ol' Boys" Republican senators tried to impugn the character of an honest forthright woman. Although it has been very much under the radar, Clarence Thomas's pertinacity for pornographic material and other related behavioral matters have gone largely under exposed. (Old news to the media, I guess?) Herman Cain like Clarence Thomas, has been snagged by his past and is using the race card, pure and simple and true to form, Good Ol' Boys network of Republicans will come to his defense!

    November 4, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Carol

    Nothing really changes, does it? The left screams with the wealthies money, don't let it happen again as it did to Thomas, and the right laughs and says the same thing, "Don't let it happen again" , letting a woman or women in Cains case be put down again because of position, and power. Same old, same old.

    November 4, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Noodle Nose Johnson

    The man does not know that China has nuclear weapons – which they've had for 45 YEARS! He isn't remotely qualified to be President.

    November 4, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    YES!!!!!!!!!! When you are in politics, news people will try to find thing in your pass to use. Why after all these years or 12 years this come out of no where to make HEADLINE NEWS. WHAT NEXT??? This want stop with MR. CAIN who will be next????

    November 4, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. cathstar

    That's it. Same old, same old. The right-wing always blames the "liberal" media when they don't like what's said about them. They act as if there is no "conservative" media which blames President Obama for every mess he inherited from George W. Gump.

    November 4, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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