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. ChicagoRob

    so the liberal media attacking him is..Politico??? that's almost as bad as Hank Williams being attacked by the Liberal Fox News

    November 4, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. linton dawson

    Wow! How come palin and cain run to the: "I'll sue" statement when they are so against frivilous lawsuits? Could it be they are both Hypocrites? Lol.......they can't resist that $$$$$$$$$$ can they? Both are stinky gasbags

    November 4, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. linton dawson

    Scranton.........yeah, look at Obama....succesful black man that the libs went after! Do you think before you type?

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

    A high tech lynching? Would that be like the Swift Boaters who made unfounded accusations against John Kerry and besmirched his reputation. Or how about a similar group making unfounded accusations agianst John McCains's time as a prisoner of war? Or how about when they implied Max Cleland was responsbile for blowing off his own hand? Oh, how self-righteous the GOP can be. There is as much if not more grist for the rumor mill regarding Cain's indiscretrions as in any of teh past smear campaigns by the GOP. And let us not forget that the finger is pointed to a rival Republican group as the leaker of the information.

    November 4, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. SCOTO

    Meanwhile Cain is blaming Perry's camp. Which is it?

    November 4, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. chill

    I can only wish the left had done it more effectively the first time. The amount of time spenton this story is somewhat ridiculous, but Cain should have gone back and got the facts if he truely didn;t remember them and get them out. Instead he's blaming the media for doing their job and raising questions. If he has a history of harassment it's relevant, just like it was for Clinton.

    November 4, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. MaryM

    This is soooooooo funny. Another one bites the dust. Can these GOP/TP candidates get any more rediculas? Cain ande Bachemann, just go home. Now is the time for the serious candidates to step up

    November 4, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Tex71

    They STILL haven't understood that the only witness so far is a right-winger? Boy, these guys are dumb.

    November 4, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Remember Remember the Fifth of November!

    * Pro Cain group accuses media of journalism! *
    So sad when reporting has become "taboo" and infotainment of Fox News has become the new normal.

    November 4, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Whatever

    Blah, blah, blah. I am a "brainwashed" fatally ignorant right-winger. It's funny how the left always categorizes anyone who thinks differently than them as such. It's always about name calling when they can't articulate an actual thought. The reality of it is we right wingers think for ourselves. We are not dependent on the government to determine if we are happy or sad. We are not constantly jealous of those that have more than us. We celebrate it. We don't languish about blaming everyone else for our problems. We believe in giving everyone, yes everyone, a chance to make something of themselves. Liberals constantly tell those that don't have anything that they have no hope of making it without government help. The reason they don't have as much is the evil rich is screwing them. If it wasn't for them, they would have all they need. So, let's gang up on the people that create jobs and wealth and destroy them. Well, except for the rich liberals, which always amazes me. You have Michael Moore rallying with the Occupy crowd and yet this guy is worth 60 million. Why doesn't he give 50 million of it away? Surely 10 million is enough to live comfortably? The rich liberals never practice what they preach. Blah, blah, blah.

    November 4, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Dave

    Don't blame media because Cain said the Perry camp caused the mess. So please get settled down.

    November 4, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Toni

    Why blame the left on this one? The left is just sitting back and watching fratracide oocur within the Republi-Cons. LMAO

    November 4, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. john

    Allegations true or not, his flip flopping about the whole situation is what bothered me. Something of this magnitude you just don't forget about. You may stop thinking about it but when brought up you instantly remember especially when your made aware of it before it the media knows of it. Cain lost any vote he would have gotten from me

    November 4, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. MaryM

    j.b. because Cain keeps opening his big mouth and slandering these women and saying they are to blame.. That is why the women want to speak out.

    November 4, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Peter

    Is Limbaugh back on drugs? Politico, a right-leaning paper run by Fred Ryan, ex-Reagan staffer and board member of the Reagan Library, broke the story. They even gave Cain a 10-day "head start" to prepare his response. The so-called "Liberal Media" was not the source of the leak. Elements within the Republican Party are torpedoing Cain. I have no idea what the hell Limbaugh, Hannity and Coulter are babbling about.

    November 4, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. AEJ

    I am a black woman. I know that these BLACKS (to use to their Donald Trump connotation) find it very hard to keep their pants up. It is NORMAL behaviour to them. They are always chasing skirts. BOTH OF THESE BLACKS ARE A DISGRACE.

    Again, I am hoping and praying BLACK CIAN wins the nominee. So Democrats, please keep in mind we need Cain to win so that our President Obama will walk back into the White House.

    November 4, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Benjamin

    So Cain thought, "If Clarence Thomas can use the death of thousands of black men to prop up his own candidacy, then so can I!" Oh sweet irony that the sons and daughters of those who perpetrated those crimes are the very people voting in his party.

    November 4, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Jessica

    Why would Cain be willing to pay off the woman in question, if he was innocent? He said it was an agreement, not a settlement..who cares?

    November 4, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. beowoofwoof

    If his campaign is jeopardized at this point why not take the gloves off and come out swinging

    November 4, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Jane

    Why would Cain be willing to sign a 'agreement' to pay off the woman in question if he was innocent? He admitted to an agreement, not a settlement...who cares? This simply shows that he was guilty.

    November 4, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Jason D

    So they are comparing clarence thomas (whose wife has taken lobby money of $750,000 while he vites right wing on everything and has never uttered a word (have to check what hed be doing if he ever spoke...theres got to be some legal reason hes never spoken) and herman cain who paid settlements to two women ...and had them sign confidentiality agreements....why confidential?....whats do they have toi remain quiet about?....if he did nothing wrong then remove the confidentiality agreement..let them talk...they didnt put it in the settlement...

    November 4, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Patriot

    Cain, its time you put on those field clothes because when the GOP finds out what you did and who you did it to, you're out of "the big house".

    November 4, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. sunsohot

    @California Gary –'s not Anita Bryant...I believe you meant Anita Hill...:)
    @Big Al – the only thing I can come with for the "independent" tag...maybe independent of the Koch money?

    November 4, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    The amusing thing to me is instead of a "high tech lynch mob" from the left, this one appears to have come from completely within the Republican Ranks. How dare Herman beat out Governor Rick "I cain't string three words tugthur to make an intelligentable sentence" Perry in the poles? Who does he think he is, someone who has actually created jobs or a Governor who lucked out because of a DoD decision to relocate a bunch of people to his state? Oh, that's right. He did create jobs.
    As a Liberal Dem, I love having Herman Cain in the race. His winning the Republican Party nomination will be enough to make sure that not only does Barack Obama win reelection, but also the Democrats take control back in the House, and relegate Mitch McConnell to a non-speaking role in the Senate. We have absolutely no desire to smear the man. I may even change my party affiliation long enough to make sure I can cast a vote for him in our state's primary.

    November 4, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. Patriot

    When you have lived as long as I, all you can do is shake your head and wonder how Cain could ever have risen to the status of someone deserving this much attention.

    November 4, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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