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?

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Lawyer for Cain accuser hopes to release statement Friday

Filed under: 2012 • Clarence Thomas • Herman Cain
soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    hehe...I try to make sure claims of fact like that are actually true...I'm not just fabricating the numbers when I post them 🙂

    I don't think you do (and I do the same), but it just seemed to ironic to be true! 🙂

    November 4, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Shawn

    Blame the liberals! Blame the media! I don't care!!!
    All I care about is if it is true or not.

    November 4, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. rosie

    Ok he admitted it when he paid off the women in question. What is there to defend? He did it. Move on. By him doing this grandstanding and back tracking he is only showing us that he is intolerant and not someone who is fit to make compromises, which a good leader should be able to do. I do not think that the presidents we have had since Clinton were able to compromise. The country is failing because of it. We do not need this turkey yo follow the last two turkeys we have had (and still have).

    November 4, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. JayDeeT

    Thomas and Cain: both right-wing hate-mongering political morons! Both accused their victims of a "high tech lynching," They both should get a high tech lobotomy.

    November 4, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. rosie

    "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."

    NO he would not. We need better than what we have now and this guy is NOT it.

    November 4, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Nancy in WA

    Can't get too worked up about this myself until I know the full story. Bound to break at some point soon. It could be fairly benign.

    November 4, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. rosie

    "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?"

    Who is President, and what party is he from? You are just mindless and ignorant.

    November 4, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. gorddicnn

    Like anyone with a shred of respect for their fellow man would even acknowledge the likes of Limpbaugh being correct about anything. I spelled his name correctly.

    November 4, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Kewpie

    Cain did it; Thomas did it and oh yeah, so did OJ.

    November 4, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. mdreader

    he couldn't keep it zipped..and now it's the Dems fault....right.

    November 4, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Democrat Class Warfare

    Don't blame the media, blame yo'self!

    November 4, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    Steven Daniel, last time I checked Thomas was a Supreme Court Justice, though personally he has no business holding such an esteemed lifelong position, and Cain has risen in the polls. Who is this "they" of which you speak? Folks that tell the truth and get threatened for it, because IOIYAR?

    November 4, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. runner15

    I find it interesting how the GOP want to compare Thomas's situation with Cain's and are vehemently citing racism against Cain for what they claim as false allegations, yet none of them came forward to denounce the clearly false assertion that Obama was not born in the USA. Hipocrasy at its best.

    November 4, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. BEn275

    Hypocrites. I'll never vote for a GOPagger

    November 4, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. GaryB

    There's really nothing he could sue over. Politico reported that while he was at the National Restaurant Association, two female co-workers accused him of inappropriate behavior. They were then separated from their jobs with a five-figure severance package provided they signed a confidentiality agreement. Those are established facts. He can't sue over Politico or the rest of the media reporting established facts,

    Also, the idea that this is the left at work is just idiotic. In a general election, Obama beats Cain hands down (this becomes especially apparent when one reviews his history and Godfather's Pizza and finds what a mediocre CEO he was and how poorly they did under his direction). The democrats would much rather face Cain in a general election than Romney.

    November 4, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. jaya

    Well, well, well! Now the shoe is on the other foot. I am smiling to myself and wondering how this will all play out it the end.
    The GOP nominees are now experiencing/will experience more exactly what Obama experienced five years ago. Every time he turned around or took a breath he was being attacked or accused of something. I am sure these same nominees joined in with the accusations. The rupubs are now getting a taste of their own is only beginning. Karma, karma, karma!

    November 4, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. open400

    I enjoy when this happens to a GOP candidate. It was the GOP with its Evangelical hypocritical zealots that started all of this nonsense. When it is bashing Gary Hart or Bill Clinton, it is character assessment, but when Herman Cain gets bashed in it is a witch hunt. What a double standard!

    November 4, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Bill

    Does anyone realize that Rush Limbaugh IS the mainstream media? Is he blaming himself?

    November 4, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    Scranton, seriously, where have you been? We worked hard at getting an African American voted in as our president. Were is this racism on the left that you talk about? Just because we don't like a slick, lying, Koch funded puppet candidate who happens to be black, doesn't exactly scream racism. More like realism. But that's just me.

    November 4, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. LongJohn

    As a conservative, I say lift the gag order and let the victims speak. If it's true, lock him up. If it's not, give him back his money with interest and pay punitive damages.

    November 4, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. chunkeee

    Question for the women: if you were harassed, how much money would it take to hush you up? I hope the answer is, "there's not enough money in the world..." I also hope that all harassers face swift and severe punishment, and I question the motives of those who allow themselves to be purchased.

    November 4, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. lenny

    Seriously? Is this the best that the GOP has to offer? A bunch of bumbling fools? Palin, Trump, Perry, Gingrich, Cain, Paul, Bachman, and waffle man Romney – what a bunch of crazies!

    Why does Cain blame anyone other than himself – isnt that the advise he gave the folks occupying Wall St? Why does he think its the "Liberal Left" when he's the one that mishaved badly and its now getting exposed. My Advice to Cain – take your own advise! "Blame yourself".

    The GOP is despirate and they are looking pretty bad right now – they dont have a candidate that will stand againt President Obama.

    November 4, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Arch

    If you're gonna sue, sue!
    ` Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez

    November 4, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Loathstheright

    Well, afterall, the GOP conservatives just love their criminal mafia members and all the corruption they represent.

    November 4, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. goTparT

    Where there's smoke, there may be fire; however, after peering through all the smoke, you may only find a stink bomb.

    November 4, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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