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. Liza

    P.S. I still believe you, Anita!

    November 4, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. larry walker

    I for one was real concerned about the chinese getting nuclear weapons! Finally we have someone running for the presidency that has a death grip on reality. Which way did they go HERMAN? EXCUSE ME, EXCUSE ME, EXCUSE ME!!!!

    November 4, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. cigarman

    Matt, Now you know that it is always OBAMAS fault, not all liberals. lol

    November 4, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Jordu

    What will the RightNuts do if the women who were allegedly harassed turn out to be white women??? Will their then heads explode?

    November 4, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |

    Rick Bush swiftboated Uncle Ben Cain. The teabaggers have their heads buried deep in the sand.

    November 4, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. skyjmpr

    "...includes clips of conservative hosts, including Rush Limbaugh, blaming the mainstream media for attacking a black conservative ..."

    Well, if "an Oxycontin a day keeps reality away" Limbaugh says it, it MUST be true.

    November 4, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. uncle Ellsworthey

    a big to do over nothing. I don't care if 35 or 40 women came out with the same accusations he would still make a far better president than what we have at the moment.

    November 4, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Rosslaw

    Oh well, so much for Cain's personal responsibility message. I guess that message was meant for the great unwashed as opposed to one of nature's leaders like himself. And I wouldn't refer to Clarence Thomas as an innocent victim. He recently offered the brain dead excuse that he, as a Supreme Court justice, did not know he had to report $100,000's of dollars paid by right wingnuts to his wife under federal law over several years. I've tried to convince the IRS that I had never heard of them as well-they did not believe me.

    November 4, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Steph

    Oh, look at who's playing the race card now.

    November 4, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. tstorm

    Typical Republican. "Someone found out some truths about my past, I'll sue!" Cain, instead of manning up to your shortcomings and admitting your weaknesses (which people might actually forgive you for), you instead take the low-road and want to sue an organization who only revealed secrets you already knew. Shame on you. Too bad Republicans have so lowered their standards and have no morals. You'd make an "awful" president.

    November 4, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Jazzy

    It's almost like Bishop Eddie Long "I will fight this to the end". Then had to settle with the boys!!!!!

    November 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Blue19

    For one thing, these aren't allegations of harassment. It's a fact that settlements were paid. Cain has failed to step up and address the questions, initially denying anything, then saying other that when he was in the NRA he's never been been accused of harassment??. I'm not sure that something 12 years old is relevant but Cain's handling of this has been horroble. He's been less than truthful and therefore trust in him is an issue.

    November 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. independent

    Thomas lied too.

    November 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Waaaaaaah. That's the theme of the republicans.

    November 4, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. JDinHouston

    Love it. The right wing political hit squad attacks Cain and then says it is action by liberals. Only have to look as far as Rick Perry to see who did the dirty deed. Bush showed an insinuation is as good as a lie, and Perry, well, isn't afraid to also flat out lie to win. This is the work of a dirty political machine, watch more to come, and watch how it all folds back to Perry, not some liberal conspiracy.

    November 4, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. JohnRJohnson

    "Don't let the left do it again"? What fool is saying this? Who doesn't know that all of the accusations are going back and forth between Republican campaigns? The left could not care less about Herman Cain. He will NEVER be the GOP's candidate. Have you looked at the right side of the aisle in the Senate lately? Do you ANYTHING about the Koch brothers and their family history? This is preposterous.

    November 4, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. repntenn

    "Don't let the left do it again." Do what again, report the truth?

    November 4, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Big Al

    "An independent group dedicated to helping Herman Cain win the GOP presidential nomination ..." Someone please explain how there can be such a thing as an "independent group" that exists for the sole purpose of a single canditate. This, my friends, is a new oxymoron.

    November 4, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. seriously???

    Anything that helps Cain get the republican nomination so he can lose in a massive landslide to Obama is all right by me.

    November 4, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Steph

    For a group that preaches about personal responsibility they sure play the victim role well.

    November 4, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Annatala

    "Don't let the left do it again." Yeah! All those crazy liberal women claiming they were harassed, how dare we allow that? You'd think a grope to the butt or a lewd comment once or twice daily would be appreciated by those silly dames.

    November 4, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Bill C

    I find many of the comments here astounding. Bill Clinton lied under oath, and got a pass from the press and liberals. Nobody knows who is telling the truth here, but Cain has been convicted in the press. Talk about high tech lynching. This is the typical racist double speak we have come to expect from liberals. Because Cain is a conservative, he is not a "true black" and needs to be taken down.

    November 4, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. hank

    Cain was President of Nat. Rest Association. They (not left wingers) paid these ladies a big settlement. How is the left responsible for what Cain did?

    November 4, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    The comparisons between Cain and Thomas is pretty interesting. The allegations against Thomas were heard by a bunch of Senators, most of whom if not all were just as guilty as Thomas. Cain's case will be heard by American voters who will I am certain not allow him to become president.

    November 4, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Laurie

    What?! Rush and everybody else can now try to say it's the left bringing up these allegations, but everyone believes (including, evidently, Mr. Cain) that it's the opponents on the right bringing up these allegations. In fact, one of the people who says he witnessed the inappropriate conduct supports Perry. Another who had first hand information from the Restaurant organization also supports Perry. Good try, Rush and Cain Super Pac, but I don't think the left is anywhere near this one.

    November 4, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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