First on CNN: GOP senator says Cain should quit if allegations are true
November 8th, 2011
02:43 PM ET
11 years ago

First on CNN: GOP senator says Cain should quit if allegations are true

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski told CNN on Tuesday she is "concerned" that the most recent charge of sexual harassment against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain "is not an isolated incident" and that he should quit the race if there is any truth to the claims.

"I'm learning about this at the same time as any of the rest of you. But I would suggest that if, in fact, there is substance to the claims - and now there are apparently four individuals that have been involved or who have come forward - if that's the case, I think that his opportunity as a nominee are gone," the senator said.

Nearly all of the Republican senators contacted by CNN sidestepped questions about the scandal that has rocked Cain's campaign, saying they want to learn first if there is real evidence to support the mostly anonymous charges.

However, Murkowski made clear she was moved by the public account of Sharon Bialek, a single mother from Chicago who held a news conference on Monday to say Cain wanted sex in return for helping her to find a job.

"It takes incredible courage for an individual to come forward as this latest, as this one woman has," the third-term Alaskan said. "So it does cause me to wonder exactly what is out there. I am concerned."

Cain is scheduled to hold a news conference later Tuesday to address the claims.

Murkowski acknowledged that it's possible the claims against Cain are "spurious" and said it's important "that we get to the bottom of it and make a determination."

Asked if Cain should quit the race if he had done anything like this, Murkowski responded without hesitation.

"Yes," she said.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Haha...she's just he's going to be gloriously funny watching the GOP have to tell Cain to suck it.

    November 8, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Frederico

    Where there's smoke there's fire.

    November 8, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. tact

    Now I would vote thus courageous politician as president over any of the other Republican contenders. Everyone else side swipes the issue but she actually confronts it with moral gumption.

    November 8, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Lisa is going to anger the real predator republicans, like Vetter, Ensign, Foley, Craig, and Newt.

    November 8, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Frederico

    Herman was merely offering this woman his stimulus package or wanted her to stimulate his package or whatever. Very presidential I'd say.

    November 8, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. AZ Dem

    Lisa Murkowski still fresh from that write-in re-election...kinda wish she would have returned to the Senate as an Independent but either way now that the allegations are coming the GOP is going to show its true colors to good ol was only a matter of time

    November 8, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I agree with Sen. Murkowski, he should quit...even if the allegations are NOT true as he has amply demonstrated to one and all that he does NOT have the temperament, nor judgement to be President.

    November 8, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. RINO Bil

    Not gonna happen. A blind man (or woman) could see that Herman Cain is in this for Herman Cain and is just using the Rerpublican Tea Party to achieve his goal. If he admits to wrongdoing, it might negatively impact what he will charge for speaking enagements in the future.

    November 8, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. mannycl

    Wire Palladin forgot to add Bill Clinton in the list as the top predator. The problem with these bimbos that they will say anything to make a buck.

    November 8, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    She does realize that if you force every candidate that has questionable morals, dubious brainpower, unfortunate religious beliefs or even a smidge of sympathy for people who make less that $1,000,000 a year, there will be no Republicans in the race.

    November 8, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Sorensen

    He should quit whether this is true or not. He is ignorant.

    November 8, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. normajean @ verizon ,com

    This Republican Senator is absolutely right. Look how long it took them to politically hang Anthony Weiner when he hurt no one but himself...ruining his reputation and his career!!!

    November 8, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Dixie

    For once I agree with a republican. Herman, sign off and go home to your wife if she'll have you.

    November 8, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Pam


    Of course Cain should quit the race. Five allegations are many more than isolated incidents. It seems like it has been a pattern for Cain to assault young women simply because he was a CEO. He should quit and do it NOW!

    November 8, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. CdnJim

    Murkowski would have been a better option for the Republicans to run rather than any of the contenders.

    November 8, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Fred

    Finally someone with guts from the Republican Party to tell the truth. As far as most of Republicans see it. It's no big deal to do what Cain did. UNLESS IT IS YOUR DAUGHTER, WIFE, SISTER, AUNT, COUSIN OR FRIEND.

    November 8, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    He won't quit because he's a clown. Dancing to the steps of money and ignorance. The more he THINKS he makes people laugh the more he'll stay out there. After all, republicans like ignorance – especially when it comes out of the mouth of a black man nicknaming himself "Cornbread".

    November 8, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Harrison

    Wow, she must not be a true tea party member if she is willing to face reality.

    November 8, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Bob / Orlando

    He is 100% Guilty of all the charges.....after taking a close look at this GOP field i have decided to vote for OBAMA 2012. Atleast he is not a womaniser or a flip flopper.

    November 8, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. The Truthinator

    These darn Republicans should learn to do like Bill Clinton did and wait until they're actually inside the Oval Office to start the extramarital hanky-panky. Now where did I put that darn cigar...

    November 8, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Len

    As Hawk Harrelson (White Sox baseball announcer) would say, "He Gone".

    November 8, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. kevinkendall

    TYPICAL 'Modern Republican/Conservative's' behavior....
    Deny THE TRUTH, hold fast to their oh-so unique "Denial State of Mind," & point fingers at everybody else EXCEPT at themselves as being responsible.
    The Modern Republican Party's #1 problem is that they are at war with no one or nothing else but Truth.
    And they're supposed to be "the moral ones." gawd.... PATHETIC.
    Keep that Kool-Aid away from me, man. I don't want to go insane like so many of them are.

    November 8, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. swolfson929

    Ladies were paid off...doesn't that just tell you eveything...not one but two!!! The man is a pig.

    November 8, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    mannycl, in re bimbos: I think the Taliban views women just the same way you do.

    November 8, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Climp Jones

    who cares if they're true. They're so petty compared to Obama & Bill Clinton's miscreant behavior the electorate should have no problem over looking Cain's alleged 'whatevers.'

    November 8, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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