Blame exchanged over Cain missing meeting with paper
November 17th, 2011
01:04 PM ET
9 years ago

Blame exchanged over Cain missing meeting with paper

Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN) - Days after the release of a video showing GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain stumbling over a foreign policy question while meeting with a Milwaukee newspaper editorial board, Cain again found himself at the center of controversy - this time with a New Hampshire newspaper.

Both Cain and the influential New Hampshire Union Leader pointed fingers at each other Thursday after Cain did not attend a scheduled meeting with the paper's publisher and other journalists.

The editor of the paper's editorial page, Drew Cline, tweeted that the Cain campaign had canceled the meeting. Reached by phone, Cline said Cain's campaign informed them "at the last minute" they could only give the paper 20 minutes of time, instead of the planned one-hour meeting.

The paper said it would not accept the shortened time, Cline said.

"We were waiting for them to get back to us about whether we could get the full hour," Cline said, but the campaign did not respond.

Speaking to the media after a rally in Nashua, Cain said the Union Leader was at fault.

"You're not going to believe it - they canceled," he said. "They canceled."

Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said the paper had canceled the interview by phone Thursday morning.

"The newspaper cancelled with one of our advance staff at approximately 9:00 am today," he said in an e-mail. "We are looking to reschedule the next time we visit New Hampshire."

Gordon said negotiations over the length and format of the interview had been ongoing since Monday, and said the paper had requested a 45-minute taped interview.

Cline said there had been confusion Thursday morning after a secretary at the paper mistakenly told the campaign the interview was canceled.

Cain said the secretary had misspoken and should have said the paper had canceled plans for C-SPAN to videotape the meeting.

"We thought we had cleared that up and that it was still on," he said.

It was reported earlier this week that Cain's campaign had said it would not allow C-SPAN to attend. When asked Thursday why he did not want the meeting to be taped, Cain told reporters: "because it's optional."

The Union Leader is a powerful newspaper in New Hampshire and aims to hold interviews with all presidential candidates. The paper's editorial page endorsement is closely watched in presidential politics.

Cain blundered at a taped meeting with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board earlier this week when asked for his views on how President Barack Obama handled the Libyan uprising, and Cain seemed to struggle to answer.

Cain poked fun at the media at his rally Thursday for timing the length of his pauses in the taped interview.

"I think before I speak," he said. "I know that's a novel idea."

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • New Hampshire
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. mfx3

    Sounds like the Palin campaign. Confusion, controversy, then completely forgotten for the rest of time.

    November 17, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Maybe they want to interview someone really interesting, like Huntsman, someone who has actually travelled to other parts of the world and can spell and pronounce the names of the countries.

    November 17, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. WiredweirdinSF

    Don't you just love how the liberally biased mainstream media are not reporting the destruction, lewdness and general drug caused lunacy of the Flea Party. Obama and the unions who are sponsoring the Flea Party must have told CNN and the other liberally biased media outlets not to mention the destruction of private and public property, the filth, the deaths and the horrors these Obamaniacs are creating for people who actually work and pay taxes. SEIU/ACORN and George Soros do not let the media they control say anything bad. You have to go to FOX to get the real story.

    November 17, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Bob

    Poor Hermie..... just can't keep all his lies straight.

    November 17, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |

    The media has become a media of mass-destruction...lets boycott.....!

    November 17, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Clwyd

    Cowards are known to do that sort of thing you know!

    November 17, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Flint Rock

    Cain keeps making it clear that he doesn't have a clue. I think every political person who took Class 101 knows it is probably wise to get along with the media.

    November 17, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. mattski

    C'mon Herman. I think we know the difference between someone who is stopping to give a measured answer and someone who is stopping because he can't even remember Libya's importance or our actions there. "I've got all of this stuff twirling around in my head..."

    November 17, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. wwf

    Idiot. Nuf said.

    November 17, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Kwesoe

    Herman Koch misspoke. He should have said: "I think Pizza before I smoke." That's a novel idea.

    November 17, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Mike Tonks

    Cain reminds me of Ricky Bobby when he got into his first NASCAR crash and then refused to drive

    November 17, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    "I think before I speak," he said. "I know that's a novel idea."
    We have already figured that out, Mr. Cain. You obviously seem to make it all up as you go along. You like to lick your lips too much.

    November 17, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Me

    PLEASE I pray that he just get out of the race.

    November 17, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Joe

    "I think before I speak," he said. "I know that's a novel idea."

    Yeah, but only if you come up something relatively coherent after your pause.

    November 17, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    Herman Cain just wants to sell some more books so media please leave him alone

    November 17, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. John

    Herman Cain has no Business even running for President. The man Know Pizza and that It.

    November 17, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Jamie from Riverside

    I can't believe that he wants to become the leader of the free world. He cannot even schedule an appointment.
    Someone from his staff, other than Mark Block who would mess that up too, needs to wake poor Herman up and tell him to go home.

    November 17, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. sortakinda

    Cain: "I missed the meeting because I was too busy NOT harassing women."

    November 17, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Media matters - doesn't it ?

    The press in this country seem to continue make themselves more irrelevant each day.

    November 17, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Pat

    But the Jethros will still support this simpleton.....amazing!

    November 17, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Richard

    That's his biggest problem–thinking before he speaks!

    November 17, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. LNB

    Never have I seen such a terrible candidate; how he got this far escapes me. And never have I seen such a terrible line-up of candidates. It is historic. And it is sickening. At this point their desperation is palpable. From free falling poll numbers to lobbying connections, to out-right stupidity to cruel hearted -ness and magical promises, the only real hope for a choice would be Huntsman and/or Paul.

    November 17, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. kayla

    you meant that you blank out after a question, which you obviously don't have an answer. just say you don't know instead of looking rediculous

    November 17, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. jim.mck

    "I think before I speak" lol. Yet look at what still manages to fall out of his mouth every time he speaks. Can you imagine the utter absurdity he'd speak if he didn't actually think before he spoke? These GOP candidates are even funnier now that I've realized that even they aren't taking themselves very seriously.

    November 17, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |