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Herman Cain on His Wandering Eye: 'I Enjoy Flowers Like Everybody Else' — VIDEO


Herman Cain appeared on Greta van Susteren's show last night to follow up on allegations that he sexually harassed two women while head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, and paid them off with packages “in the five-figure range.”

Said Cain, who now sort of recalls one of the incidents:

"I thought I had drawn the line and not infringed upon what was obviously perceived as sexual harassment on her part when I made that gesture about her height. And I can't honestly remember what else was even in the accusation."

Van Susteren asked Cain whether he has a wandering eye:

"I enjoy flowers like everybody else — no, no not at all — well, I wouldn't say not at all, it depends on what you mean."

As far as the agreement with his accuser, Cain said: "No. I don't recall signing it. Now, the fact that I say I don't recall signing it doesn't mean that I didn't sign it, but I simply don't recall if I signed it."


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  1. Oh, great, just what we need - a president with "selective memory" regarding historical facts. Many Rethuggist pundits are asking why Cain's possible dalliance with women is any different from, say, that of former President Clinton. I'd argue that Clinton didn't hold himself up to be a "Jesus Christ Almighty-style" candidate like hymn-singing Bible-quoting Herman Cain.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 1, 2011 8:42:12 AM

  2. Oh, and Bill Clinton was a paragon of virtue, was he? Bill looked us in the eye and assured us that he did not have sex with "that woman". Of course, we eventually found out that he was a serial philanderer who received blow jobs from a younger woman.

    Yet you still voted for this man. Hypocrisy, don't you think?

    Perhaps you're scared of a conservative black man winning the election.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 1, 2011 9:02:42 AM

  3. This is just so laughable. All signs point to this guy being a completely loathsome human being... I really can't understand how anyone could ever be persuaded by him...

    "Now, the fact that I say I don't recall signing it doesn't mean that I didn't sign it, but I simply don't recall if I signed it."


    am I right??

    Posted by: Willem | Nov 1, 2011 9:13:05 AM

  4. @Jason: Say what? Did I write Clinton was "a paragon of virtue"? No, I did not. My point is that Clinton with all his personal faults, including the BJ from Monica, never claimed to have the high moral ground that Cain claims for himself. And, yes, you're damn right I voted for him over the GOPer candidate. And, for the reason I just stated, it was NOT hypocritical to do so. And, no, I'm NOT scared of a conservative black man winning the 2012 presidential election - I'm scared of ANY conservative candidate winning next year. In spite of the personal faults of Bill Clinton (and the governing faults of Barack Obama), at this point in time, I'll take the Dem over the Rethuggist each and every damn time.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 1, 2011 9:14:59 AM

  5. What a toad and what a bad liar. People don't like liars. Once they've voted someone in they expect some broken promises and wiggliness, but saying you don't recall signing a sexual-harassment settlement or what the accusations were is just bald-faced B.S. He's toast.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Nov 1, 2011 9:21:56 AM

  6. Dump him!

    Posted by: rb | Nov 1, 2011 9:39:42 AM

  7. He refers to women as 'ladies'. Absurd.

    Posted by: rb | Nov 1, 2011 9:42:18 AM

  8. "You should always take time to stop and smell the flowers." Apparently, not always. Not if you are going to run for President.

    Posted by: Bad Advice | Nov 1, 2011 10:31:00 AM

  9. Why bring up Bill Clinton at all? Clinton didn't sexually harass Monica Lewinski, he had sex with her, a consenting adult.

    Whoever filed this complaint against Herman Cain obviously did NOT consent, so it's an entirely different thing.

    Posted by: Caliban | Nov 1, 2011 10:39:30 AM

  10. No comparison to clinton

    Monica and Clinton were 2 consenting adults

    cain's 2 cases were women who did not consent to his advances/ harrasment

    HUGE DIFFERENCE. 1 is legal and the other is not

    Posted by: say what | Nov 1, 2011 11:03:22 AM

  11. "Perhaps you're scared of a conservative black man winning the election."

    Cain has never been a real candidate, so only the delusional would be scared about him winning the election. (And, it's not the black part that's the problem, it's the ignorant and conservative part.)

    Whether the allegations are true or false, Cain's biggest problem is the way he's handled them. A man whose biggest selling point (in his own mind) is his business leadership and no BS style doesn't remember signing papers someone else put before him (papers accusing him of harassment, no less!) and has done nothing but spout BS since the story started.

    Since--unlike Bill Clinton--he's unelectable he brought some fun to the dismal Republican playing field--but now, especially after the leering smile commercial right before these allegations came out, he comes across as the creepy uncle you should hide your children from. Bye bye, Herman.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 1, 2011 11:17:50 AM

  12. Negroe...Negroe...Negroe...!!!

    Posted by: balis | Nov 1, 2011 5:46:34 PM

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