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Cain SuperPAC Calls Scandal a 'High Tech Lynching' as Messaging Wavers, Poll Numbers Stick: VIDEO


Herman Cain's campaign is not on message regarding the sexual harassment scandal that has enveloped it, the NYT reports:

CainJust hours earlier, Mr. Cain’s chief of staff took a more conciliatory tone, backing away from accusations that Rick Perry‘s campaign had been responsible for leaking the harassment allegations to the news media.

But in a 30-minute interview on Sean Hannity‘s radio program, Mr. Cain returned to the confrontational tone that he had adopted earlier in the week.

He accused Politico, which broke the story, of not having documentation for it. He accused the lawyer for one of his accusers of seeking fame. And he repeated his charge that Mr. Perry’s supporters were trying to undermine his campaign.

A new poll shows that the scandal doesn't seem to be hurting Cain's numbers:

The poll, taken on Nov. 2, while the news was not only still fresh in our minds but also still developing, gives Cain 26 percent of the vote to Romney’s 23 percent. And these numbers support what yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll revealed about the third-place slot: it might not be Rick Perry’s anymore.

Meanwhile, Cain supporters have dropped an ad charging that the whole scandal is about race, comparing Cain to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and calling the allegations a "high-tech lynching".


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  1. Once again lame and irrelevant sex charges stumble the man when they have no business doing so (if they have). I am certainly no Republican but claims of sexual harassement are an immature and absurd reason to ruin anyone's career.

    Posted by: uffda | Nov 4, 2011 8:16:17 AM

  2. @Uffda: Sexual harassment is lame and irrelevant to you? I'm not so sure his victims and every other victim of sexual harassment and abuse would agree with your assessment of the situation. And while I could not care less what any politician does in bed or elsewhere with however many people, I would at least expect the actions to be consensual.

    Posted by: Luke | Nov 4, 2011 8:36:13 AM

  3. Sleazy Groper for President.

    Posted by: John Normile | Nov 4, 2011 8:45:42 AM

  4. The question nobody is asking is, if the two women were ordered not to discuss the "settlement" they received, why not? What is Cain hiding that he doesn't want the public to know if as he claims, there was NO sexual harrassment?

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Nov 4, 2011 8:50:32 AM

  5. "I am certainly no Republican but claims of sexual harassement are an immature and absurd reason to ruin anyone's career"

    Not if the Republican is a lying, right-wing religious hypocrite who can't control his ding ding.

    Next time he sings "Amazing Grace" somebody ought to throw a pizza at him.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 4, 2011 9:06:26 AM

  6. The GOP assumes that Cain made advances to black woman so his poll numbers are in tact. If it gets discovered that he hit on white women he will drop in the polls, thats how the conservatives are.

    Posted by: George | Nov 4, 2011 9:29:28 AM

  7. Cuz when I'm innocent of something, I break into songs about forgiveness! Right!

    Posted by: Laurie | Nov 4, 2011 9:34:30 AM

  8. LOL

    The poll on whereCain ranks amongst repubs is meaningless

    They need to do a new poll on a head to head between cain and Obama

    The repub field sucks so much this time around that Im not surprised at all there is no movment

    Now, i would bet a new head to head poll of cain vs Obama would show tremendous movement with cains loss to Obama going from lower double digits (all previous head to head polls) to high double digits

    Posted by: say what | Nov 4, 2011 9:53:57 AM

  9. "high tech lynching" hmmm.... where have I heard THAT before? Oh, right, Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court hearings.

    I guess the use of the loaded word "lynching" is supposed to make everyone back-off or be accused of racism. Not buyin' it, bud.

    At the time these payouts occurred, the man was well aware of what is appropriate professional behavior, especially for the head of an organization. It is extremely relevant issue in deciding whether this is an appropriate person to consider for Presidency.

    There is a difference in a consensual act & harassment, & his inability to understand that, among other reasons, ABSOLUTELY precludes him from higher office.

    It's not a lynching. It's people calling, BullshiZ!

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Nov 4, 2011 10:05:08 AM

  10. I'm sure he sympathizes with Bill Clinton.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 4, 2011 11:00:05 AM

  11. It's not going to happen, but wouldn't it be wonderful it Cain were the Republican nominee. I'd love to see him try an take on President Obama in a debate.

    Posted by: Howard | Nov 4, 2011 12:40:35 PM

  12. i think Cain may be keeping this going himself to hide a real problem he has - an 'anonymous' campaign donation of some $40,000! that one is well documented and totally against both federal and state campaign contribution laws.

    Posted by: mike/ | Nov 4, 2011 3:57:49 PM

  13. So for Cain, it was a Pepsi, right?

    Posted by: FunMe | Nov 4, 2011 8:05:26 PM

  14. Negroe...

    Posted by: balis | Nov 5, 2011 12:10:20 PM

  15. It didn't take him long to play the race card. Shocker.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 5, 2011 10:41:36 PM

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