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. Trent

    LOL! Conservatives lamely blame "the left" and "the media" instead of taking personal responsibility for their (alleged) and/or actual questionable and illegal actions. No guts! Why not man up you wimps?

    November 4, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Frank

    WHERE ARE ALL OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS? Why are they not protesting the Cain abuse? When a Democrat African-American breaks a fingernail, they immediately form protests in the streets. Where are they for Cain? They should be ashamed!

    November 4, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. ted

    Just gotta love the family values the Republicans talk so much about UNTIL it is one of them that gets into trouble with the values and then they start lying and blame others for their failure to keep them selves from doing bad things. This guy is an idiot. He needs to hang it up and go back to making pizzas.

    November 4, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    Blaming the media for your wrongdoings? This sounds familiar. "Lamestream media" anyone?

    November 4, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm seeing a pattern here that is disturbing, and reminiscent of my children when they were small – blaming everyone else for your bad behavior. Is this a Republican trait, because it certainly seems that way.

    November 4, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Little Jimmy Truth

    What names of Cain's accusers?

    November 4, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Sandra

    Yes, they are exactly alike. They both did it, then blamed the media for reporting it. And both used the race card to excuse themselves...high tech lynching indeed. And it was relevant indeed...that type of ethics is now evident as Thomas refuses to follow financial disclosure laws and recuse himself from cases involving his wife. Sleazy to the end.

    November 4, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. sara

    ...becky, becky, becky stani stan stan! China "trying" to develop nukes...999, fence and borders this is just evidence that the man isn't trying to be President....books, donations and speaking fees. He'll play with his campaign donations and skim off of it until someone catch his hands in the cookie jar...then he would justify why it was in it in the first place.

    November 4, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Big_D

    Is he like Thomas? I'm not sure. Can you pay his wife's PAC to get legislation passed?

    November 4, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Purnell Meagre

    The Liberal media is a myth which owes its persistence to two factors: 1.) the paranoia which afflicts many on the right.
    2.) Among the more intellectually agile it's a form a gamesmanship – similar to the way Phil Jackson used to play the refs before a big series.

    November 4, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. allens

    he is a male version of palin. gosh, i hope that was not racial! would not want to upset mr wonderful

    November 4, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Steven Daniel

    No, no, no, we must not allow free-thinking African-Americans to hold viewpoints counter to the Liberal nanny state. They must remain on the plantation or else! There is not an ounce of difference between the media annihilation of Herman Cain and what they did to Clarence Thomas.

    November 4, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. ART

    Yes its all the lame street medias fault for reporting the facts. What is wrong with todays rethuglicans are they all really this cluless and dumb,its embarrassing.

    November 4, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. j.b.

    of course it is the media, they like to go after minority candidates, unless you are a woman, then you get a free pass. why did these women agree to a settlement 12 years ago, and now want to break a binding legal agreement? cnn and msnbc got rid of most of the men on there networks anyway.

    November 4, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. John

    If Rush Limbaugh Is sticking up for Herman Cain than he most likely did It. And It all the mainstream media and Herman Cain does all his stuff On FOX News.

    November 4, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    ""Liberal Media", that cracks me up everytime!"

    No kidding. GOPers/Teatrolls/right wing nutjobs should all be writing CNN a big thank you letter for treating this bogus analogy spewed by Limbaugh and his ilk as though it deserves even an iota of consideration and discussion and thereby lending it a false veneer of legitimacy.

    November 4, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Cat

    Bet you do not sue!!! Then all your secrets will come out in the open. Liar, liar your pants are and were on fire!!!

    November 4, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. KKDenver

    It's the women's fault for looking so good. Cain had no choice but to harass them. They shouldn't have dressed that way.

    November 4, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Jackblob

    Sue? LOL. Keep digging Herman. You're only 3 feet down with 3 more to go.

    November 4, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. David

    LOL...what a bunch of BS! ...gotta love the desperation of the right!

    November 4, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. DenInNooYawk

    Suddenly I'm no longer interested in Cain and his politics: it's come down to a right/left he said/she said hack job.

    November 4, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Shaif YirBoosch

    Shut up & take the money contributed to your campaign & just shut up/go away.

    No one is going to vote for someone that has shown his ghetto side.

    November 4, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. cony 007

    There is only one person that can lead this country but he can't be bought and he is not for sale. He is an American Hero. Grad West Point, Grad Oxford, wrote his thesis why he was against the Vietnam War befor we got into it. Won Heisman. Went to Vietnam. Youngest Bridg. General in the history of America. Youngest 3 star general in the History of America. His name is Pete Dawkins. This guy has the RIGHT STUFF. He was born to lead. Instead we have an Uncle Tom, 7 dawarfs and snow white. How pathetic.

    November 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Liza

    LOL. All this Main Stream Media blaming. What Main Stream Media? The Republicans are just continuing to paint themselves into a corner. Rush Limbaugh is hilarious. Talk about grasping at straws. There are confirmed settlements on these law suits. So, these lawsuits didn't actually occur? Sorry, Mr. Cain! You've got some explaining to do.

    November 4, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. EdSantaFe

    Uh, the allegations are true aren't they? Cain has lied about them, hasn't he? What's he suing for? Because the media unleashed the truth? Laughable.

    November 4, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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