Cain blasts critics for 'character assassination'
November 30th, 2011
08:52 AM ET
11 years ago

Cain blasts critics for 'character assassination'

(CNN) - A defiant Herman Cain tried to turn the tables on his growing legion of critics and accusers Wedneday, blasting them for allegedly engaging in gutter politics and giving no indication of any immediate intent to abandon his embattled presidential campaign.

"They have been trying to do a character assassination on me," Cain told an enthusiastic crowd in Ohio. "They are attacking my character, my reputation and my name in order to try and bring me down."


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  1. diridi

    No affair, Casual affair, affair, what is this pizza dude thinking of Americans. I do not understand this pizza dude....

    November 30, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. ST

    These women who are coming forward to accuse Cain are money mongers. They asked for help, and may be they were helped and now they are sabotaging him. Why did they take his money? Is this not stealing of its kind????

    November 30, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. Mikey

    Ginger White? Really? You can't make this stuff up! I certainly hope the increased book sales were worth the damage to his marriage. It seems pretty obvious that he was never really serious about becoming President, but instead, was using the electorial process to boost book sales and personal profit. Hey GOP electorate: Do you feel used? And not just by Cain, but all the others who used the publicity to sell books and TV shows. From the beginning you had four serious candidates – Romney, Huntsman, Pawlenty, and Santorum. The rest are just clowns, egomaniacs, and profit seekers.

    November 30, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. ObamaCares

    Man calls it an "affair," God calls it a SIN. Good bye Herm.

    November 30, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. Paul Revere

    The self righteous upstanding pillar of the community Minister Mr. Herman "Munster" Cain can someone give me an Hallelujah the Republicans have successfully attempted to divide the minority vote less they forgot to vet his prior career as a PIMP

    November 30, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. dennis freeman

    Drip, drip, drip...and finally just the sound of crickets.

    November 30, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Paul Revere

    The self righteous upstanding pillar of the community Minister Mr. Herman "Munster"

    November 30, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. rs

    If it weren't for a couple of factors, I'd say Cain is getting unfair scrutiny.
    However, as Republicans began to paint themselves as the moral arbitors of politics back in the '90s (when Reagan got in bed with the Southern Baptists), their very human and moral failings are in fact news to be investigated. These are the same people that impeached Clinton (Gingrich), while having their own affairs. This is the same party denying rights based on sexual preference; making divorce harder; being "pro-life" (whatever that means when they are so pro-war and anti-poor); they want to legislate your bedroom and your womb.
    Yes, these hypocrits do deserve moral scrutiny- mostly because they have none.

    November 30, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. unsub

    i believe this one!

    November 30, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    Do you really think this is the only woman that has a story to tell about their afair with Herman...... theirs lots of them out there.

    November 30, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Cain made a mockery of the GOP Republican primary process, the presidential campaign process, and himself. As fitting as it is to watch his entire campaign collapse, it is also rather disconcerting to see that Mr. Newt Gingrich is being touted as benefiting most by Cain voters changing their allegiance to Gingrich. Personally, I can't see the difference. Where Cain is a womanizer, Gingrich is the ultimate womanizer. He should never be considered presidential material - especially if the whole point of switching candidates due a character flaw is being accurately described as a "moral issue" for voters. Newt Gingrich is one of the most ugly and divisive men to ever grace Washington politics. Morally, Gingrich is as flawed as any one man can be, and regardless of political leanings shouldn't be allowed to step foot into American politics again - certainly never as President of the United States.

    November 30, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Keith in Austin

    Are you serious? What does "casual" mean? This sounds like another Axelrod/ DNC trumped-up smear tactic again. Although I support Gingrich or Romney, the utter gutter like approach to derail a successful Black man is deplorable. Why didn't a similar media assault occur on John Edwards? Everything was hush hush until National Enquirer blew the story! The reporting then, pales to the onslaught you're giving Cain now! Where is Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in defense of their "so called" Brother??

    November 30, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |