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. demogoat

    The brainwashed right wing zombies of the GOP, are at it again. When they don't get their way, they are just pathetic. Cain and the rest of the contenders, with their tea party bothers and sisters in the house, continue to hold our country hostage. Please examine your congressional choices closely this next election. Right or left, be informed about the choice you are making. Publicly funded elections are the only hope of replacing .1%ers with real people that care.

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

    Herman Cain released this info to drum up more attention. He has no intention of pursuing the presidency. It wouldn't pay as well as the book he has coming out plus the book he'll write about his experience as a presidential candidate.

    November 4, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. NW

    I don't think it's the left. They should check out Karl Rove. It's got his handwriting all over it.

    November 4, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. BD70

    Has anyone running for president ever sued anyone before? Nice...suing for what? Defamation of character? He has already done that to himself by not confronting this issue and handling it like a potential leader would or should. Clinton lied but at least he came forth with the truth eventually.

    November 4, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Wow, Uncle Ellsworthey @ 1:58pm pretty much sums up the whole brainwashed mentality of the fatally ignorant right-winger.

    November 4, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Blame No Longer Works

    You Dems keep working that "Blame Tthing" .......after all, what else do you Obaminites have left??? Your fearless leader isn't doing very well, is he? Soon and very soon, Welfare will be ending for you Takers!

    November 4, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Everaldo Jones

    Herman Cain's Wife is NOT THE VOICE in the AD, if you KNEW Herm an Cain, you would know that was a caller to a Conservative Radio Show.
    CAin WILL Win IOWA With this add, and He wil sue the Bloody Heck out of everyone involved. He Has Koch Brothers unlimited money Baby. He WILL Bring Politico, CNN and NBC DOOOWNNNN!!!!!
    . and Change the nature of the Democratic Party as well.

    CAin is MUCH SMARTER than he Apppears.
    People who know Mr Cain will tell you, He is a good man but.....
    Don't MESS With MR CAin.

    November 4, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Michael in Citrus Heights

    I can't believe that everyone is buying into this.
    There is ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE that Herm will be the Republican candidate.
    Hate-radio teaBAGGERS are trying to keep this going as long as possible to keep the public from focusing on Romney or Perry. By doing so, they believe that they are "immunizing" their real presidential candidate from media scrutiny.
    Can't you hear it already? "First, the liberals tore down a great man like Herm, now their going after Mitt......"

    November 4, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Kwesoe

    Overheard at a local Pub
    Customer 1:Hey Joe, suppose we tell folks that this Herman Cain fella is gay?
    Customer 2: And what about the fact that he performs witchcraft and is a member of the poro society?
    Customer 1: They say he eats his master's flesh and drinks his blood at a weekly feast.
    Customer 2: I've heard that he also attends a voodoo temple and sells snake oil.
    Customer 1: What office is he running for again?
    Customer 2: Dog Catcher for the south side of town.
    Customer 1: I'll vote for him. There are too many stray dogs in that part of town.

    November 4, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Cassandra Chu

    i'm not necessarily pro-Cain... but the media establishment definitely wants to see Romney run against Obama. The media also should have been covering Ron Paul more. Basically, CNN isn't a very good news or journalism source. It's a shame. It all comes down to individual integrity and character, as usually... and CNN has failed the test.

    November 4, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. D L

    The ironic thing is that the same group that supported Sotomayor's misandrist, racist comments is the one most likely to attack Cain over allegations of harassment. At the same time, I am more concerned about a racist, misandrist on the Supreme Court (a lifetime appointment) than a candidate for the presidency (four to eight years with re-election and impeachment possible) having potentially harassed females.

    November 4, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Its Your Fault

    Its a hitech lynching of enormous proportion and I categorically deny these ludicrous charges. And its the media's fault for revealing my perverted past. I blame it all on Viagra.

    November 4, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    @ Frank....
    you mean the SAME African American leaders that Cain said were "brainwashed" and didn't like him because he was a right wing conservative. You mean the SAME ones that are trying to help the AA comunity get better standards of living, education and employment that same group Cain left long ago??? Cain burnt TOO many bridges along that trail...he needs to go find his other buddies like Allen West, Alan Keyes, Clarence Thomas that basically did the same thing.

    November 4, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Its interesting the number of right-wingers who consider this a non-issue: I would be willing to bet they were glued to their sets when Anthony Weiner imploded on national television for several weeks, and were ranting on this site about how Weiner was a disgrace. Well, there seems to be a pattern of behavior with Cain that at the very least suggests arrogance and an unwillingness to humble himself, and at worst shows a serial pattern of behavior that has offended people from the Right as well as the Left. Clinton, Weiner, Craig, Foley, Lee: pigs all, and they were eventually held accountable. Where are Cain's calls for personal responsibility, now that it applies to himself? He needs to come clean, so we can discuss the other areas in which he is unfit for office, such as hios tax plan that uses Chile for its inspiration. Last time I checked, we were not a banana republic, but maybe that appeals to his patrons, the Koch brothers.

    November 4, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Dubya

    Politico, a conservative news outlet, broke the story and continues to drive it's direction.

    Will conservitards ever stop blaming everyone else?

    November 4, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Stan

    This is what conservatives do... when the going gets tough they blame others. Have they forgotten about what other public figures like Obama (birth origin), John Edwards (cheating), Ginrich (divorces), and Bill Clinton (Monica) had to go through?

    November 4, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Everaldo Jones

    The truth here is being PEPPERED for Purposes of political Assasination.
    1-MEDia exposes, says 1 woman comes forward
    2-Herman CAin says there was one women who Made a Claim that was never provable, and that's all he is going to say.
    3-The Next day the media says....oops, the was actually 2 women, you lied MR CAin!!
    4- cAin Says there were NO MORE than 2 Women who made claims. and that's it, anything else is made up!!
    5-the Next Day the Media says NO NO MR CAin, A 3rd woman stepped Forward (Anonymously), who had CONSIDERED Making a Claim.

    Peppering the truth for purposes of Political Assasination.

    November 4, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Jesse

    I think if Cain can't take the jibes of a political campaign, then I think he should not be in the campaign. Like old Harry Truman once said; If you can't take the heat, then get the hell out of the kitchen. Cain's threat to sue says a lot about his character. He is in the wrong game.

    Jesse in Texas

    November 4, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Mark

    I hope he sues – and then watch the media call his bluff and just torch him. So far the coverage has been pretty balanced, they've even gone out of the way to coach the allegations carefully as unproven; but if your going to take cheap shots like that, then let the gloves come off.

    Mr Personal Responsibility is about to learn what that means.

    November 4, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    It's pretty laughable that the GOBP deathcult is trotting out Thomas instead of shoving his sordid past and present in a closet somewhere. For instance, Anita Hill's version has been since confirmed by other witnesses. Thomas has also proved his corruption by lying on his taxes (in ways far worse than the Dems criticized by the righties) and his wife is a lobbyist for a group with issues before the SCOTUS. Yet Corrupt Clarence refuses to recuse himself. Top that off with his ridiculously low intellectual effort on the court and he should be removed from the bench, and not used as an example for anything but his utter sleaziness, banality and greed.

    November 4, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. excitizen

    Blaming the liberal media????? Maybe you should put a picture of a gun site over them and they'll go away Hermie! That's acceptable to your party, but telling the truth or letting the truth come out isn't. The moral majority my a$$!

    November 4, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Richard

    I would love to see Cain as the rethuglican nominee and I think most Democrats would. It would be a walk-in-the-park for President Obama. The rich have underestimated the resolve of true Ameriacns. People who care about other people. Not like wanna be righ rethuglicans caring about the truly rich. They think they will get theirs through osmosis. They don't know the only thing they have in common with rich rethuglicans is, wanna be rich rethuglicans don't want to pay taxes either. But they are the first ones to complain when they don't get their way!

    November 4, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. scranton

    I see the Democrats are up to their racist witch hunts again. What is it about blacks who are successful that makes them go nuts?

    November 4, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Tillie in Texas

    Poor Herb. Even the Koch's money couldn't hide these settlements, They'll cut their Manchurian Candidate off in 3....2....1....

    See, the open market works....we saw, we learned, we chose not to buy!

    November 4, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Jim970

    Cain is showing himself to be a true American. When in doubt, find someone to sue. Keep the lawyers employed. And with luck, he can get some money if he sues correctly.

    November 4, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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