Cain investigating source of impropriety reports
August 27th, 2012
07:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Cain investigating source of impropriety reports

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential contender, Herman Cain, said Monday he's paying for an investigation into the source of sexual impropriety reports during his primary campaign that eventually pressured him from the race.

Cain gave up his presidential bid last December amid a flurry of allegations of past sexual impropriety, alleged to have taken place during his tenure as president of the National Restaurant Association. He was also confronted with news reports of a past extramarital relationship.

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Cain, who consistently denied any wrongdoing, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he is actively looking into the allegations with the help of investigators who he is financing.

"It was a well coordinated effort. All you have to do is look at publicly what happened. Three consecutive weeks, three different stories attacking my character and attacking me to create doubt in the minds of many of my supporters," said Cain. "That's what forces me to drop out of the campaign, because of the pain it caused my family by spinning these false accusations and lies over and over and over and over."

Appearing on CNN's "The Situation Room," in Tampa, Florida during the first official day of the Republican National Convention Cain said he did not yet know who was behind the stories.

"I don't want to say anything that might jeopardize what we might do in the future in terms of exposing what happened," Cain said of the investigation.

Cain, once a bitter rival of Romney, said he doesn't feel slighted that he was not asked to speak at the Republican National Convention, saying the convention wasn't about him but rather defining Mitt Romney as the Republican Party's candidate.

Romney is Cain's third endorsement this presidential season. He first rolled out an unconventional endorsement of "the people" after dropping out of the race. Cain then endorsed former Republican candidate Newt Gingrich in January. He finally gave his support to Romney in May after Gingrich also dropped out of the race.

Cain also said he has offered the Romney campaign advice about sharpening their message.

Cain said that he met with Romney when the presumptive GOP nominee and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan campaigned in Wisconsin following the candidate's running mate announcement earlier this month. Cain said in their meeting he urged Romney to talk about energy independence-advice, he said, the campaign is taking.

"I said Governor, continue to talk about energy independence," said Cain. "He's talking energy independence. Last week we rolled out his five-point energy independence plan that's simple to understand and it makes sense."

Cain continued: "That's the type of sharpening of the message. He's got to do the same thing relative to the economic growth and jobs."

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    If you dig deep enough Mr. Cain, I wouldn't be surprised if you found a direct link to the Romney people. If you do, I hope you'll have the integrity to let the rest of us know.........then maybe he'll quit his crying about negative and personal attacks.

    August 27, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Tony

    This is too easy. The sexual impropriety reports came from your sexual impropriety. You would not have quit if the allegations weren't true.

    August 27, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. fekt

    you reap what you sow buddy. but in the fairness to all the conspiracy nuts out there. and god their numbers grow every day. cain you probably got torpedoed by the guy who benefitted most from it. the same way everyone else got torpedoed when they pulled ahead of him in the polls. until the last guy standing was the last guy anyone wanted. well, someone wanted him. and by god they had the money to make sure everyone else got him as well. cain you never had a chance. you were a token offering to court a voting block and you know it in your heart.

    August 27, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Name

    Bet you the investigation point to Rodney....

    August 27, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Maybe the source of the problem is close to you... like in your pants.

    Herman Cain was the token of the moment. Each election cycle the Republicans gather together a small group of Hispanic and African Americans who want to exploit the niche as a token minority. When the election is over the GOP reverts back to the largest all-white country club in America. Remember the Tea Party signs and slogans during their rallies? The under-educated racists and bigots are the core population for the Republican Party.

    August 27, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. NC

    @California Gary: You hit the nail on the head as we say in NC. Cain can save his money he was Romneyboated. During the primary anyone that had a lead was Romneyboated.

    August 27, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. THink

    Can you say ROVE?? He's the master of opposition research and dirty tricks and he's always played the media like a piano.

    The original reports came from a FOX affiliate so you can't blame the MSM as you all tend to do.

    August 27, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. GuyinVA

    Yeah, it must have been Romney. It's merely a coincidence that Sharon Bialek lived in the same building as David Axelrod. By the way, after Herman Cain withdrew, what ever happened to all of those oppressed, abused, and near-fatally offended victims?

    August 27, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. steven harnack

    Well, at least he didn't do any whining about "the liberal media" this time out.What is he going to do if and when he finds out? He doesn't want a trial where the facts of the misconduct would come out. He doesn't want to tell on Mitt. I predict a quiet death for the whole subject.

    August 27, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Steve

    Cain already knows the source of the reports: Mitt Romney's campaign headquarters. Is he planning a little October surprise of his own? What will it cost Romney to buy him off?

    August 27, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. charles

    So Mr Cain, AKA Mr 999, soon called Mr Police, thinks the source is right at the GOP convention?

    August 27, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. CBR

    Why did people come forward to accuse Mr. Cain? We all would like to hear the truth even if we did not support him for the Republican nomination.

    August 27, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Karl Rove did it. He was done using you Herb...

    August 27, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |

    Cain is irrelevant and is back to making pizzas.

    August 27, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    it's funny how right wingers want to blame the left and Democrats for what happened to Cain...truth of the matter is most Dems would have LOVED for Herman Cain to be the nominee. But after some of the side talk going on recently by the GOP there was NO WAY they were going to allow a Cain/Obama match up.

    August 27, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    WHat?! You mean his "brothers from another mother" weren't looking out for him?? Say it ain't so.... Rude awakening, ain't it bro?

    August 27, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Big D

    Ritt Momney? Gewt Nigrich?

    August 27, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. Maryellen

    Good boy Herman, save your marriage, Mrs. Cain wants to get to the bottom of this. Just call your friend Mitt, he can shed the needed light on your downfall.

    August 27, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Destiny

    Use this money for something beneficial. Enough of this already.

    August 27, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. tkret

    I commend Herman Cain for trying to find out who started the lies about affairs that he never had. Whomever is responsible should be made to publicly apologize. He, she or they might also be sued for slander or character assassination.

    August 27, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with the idea of energy independance that Romney has tried to state relies on fossil fuels too much and doesn't expand the renewables or development of fusion power.

    August 27, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  22. CA David

    Is he saying he didn't do it or does he just want to confirm who ratted him out? Gotta love politicans and businessmen who use their power over women to get a little action.

    August 27, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  23. tcaros

    Cain is angry that someone dropped dime on his philandering.

    August 27, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  24. n

    Mr. Cain, welcome to "Romney Hood" You and your misdeeds have been exposed by the Romney Machine of politics. Go stand in line with the other sell out clowns. Yeah, see Newt over their standing next to the most recent sell out, Ron Paul, go stand next to him.

    August 28, 2012 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  25. Terry - Indiana

    The attacks on all of the Republican Primary Candidates came from the Romney Camp, which can easily be traced back to Romney when any individual candidate appeared to be pulling ahead of Romney. With that offered, politics is about destroying the other person, not about building up the country. If you are a Woman, a Black, a Hispanic, a Latino, a Gay, a Lesbian, or a young girl recently raped while under the influence of alcohol at a college Frat Party, Mitt Romney has little to no use for you. If you disagree with my view, read the GOP Platform as presented at the Republican National Convention. I find it odd that some Republican Leaders were asked to stay home. Some family reunion!

    August 28, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
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