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Herman Cain Fights Sexual Harassment Allegations

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Herman Cain's presidential campaign hit a bump in the road this week after Politico reported that two staffers accused him of sexual harassment in the 1990s. The former pizza magnate rose to the top of the Republican field with his charismatic persona and simplified tax plan. But now Cain finds himself in the midst of a political and cultural firestorm as new allegations emerge and charges of racism and double standards are being launched from his campaign. 

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Opinion: Harasser or No, Cain isn't Qualified to be a Candidate

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Twenty years ago, last week, Clarence Thomas took his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court although, as I have suggested on this page before, he was not at that time, qualified to do so.  The hearings on the matter of his qualification had been derailed by allegations of ...

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Opinion: I'll Defend Cain Against Harassment Claims (But Still Won't Vote for Him)

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Cain is the kind of guy who is exactly the same behind the scenes as he is when he's "on". He's honest and direct. There's no nonsense with him. His charm is not a flirtatious charm. He is not lecherous. He is the same towards men as he is towards women.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Herman Cain Responds to Allegations of Sexual Harrassment

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

On Monday, Politico reported that Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two female employees while he was head of the National Restaurant Association. The women left their jobs after reaching settlements with the industry group. Cain vehemently denied the accusations later in the day at the National Press Club in Washington, but went on to make contradictory statements about the incidents on Fox News.   

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Opinion: Cain's Flukey Win in Iowa Poll Says More About GOP Shuffling

Monday, October 31, 2011

The latest Iowa Poll has 23 percent of likely caucusgoers saying Herman Cain is their first choice, with Mitt Romney trailing with an indistinguishable 22 percent. Romney gets the vote of just 10 percent of those who say they definitely plan to vote in the caucuses, while Cain has a ...

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Highlights From Herman Cain's NPC Appearance: Yes, He Sang

Monday, October 31, 2011

In case you missed it, Herman Cain sang on demand at today's National Press Club luncheon. It was a hymn, and it wasn't about pizza.

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Monday Morning Politics: Cain Stained, Super Committee Struggles

Monday, October 31, 2011

This is part of a vetting process for a candidate who has done better than any of us expected. Herman Cain has really defied the expectations of political reporters who didn't take him seriously even as he was rising in the polls. We were slow to recognize the appeal he had with the Republican electorate. Now he's beating Rick Perry in a poll in Texas.

USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Bizarre Pays Off: Politics Rewards the Kind of Crazy that Money Can't Buy

Friday, October 28, 2011

Why would a candidate, running for an important and serious office, run an ad featuring, say, their campaign manager taking a slow pull of a cigarette?  Or, I don't know, comparing their opponent to a demon sheep?

Because crazy goes viral, and viral means big publicity, and big money too. 

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Opinion: So What? Herman Cain's 'Smoking' Ad is His Beatles Moment

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Herman Cain's polling numbers are out of this world for a candidate with no money, little organization and no previous political experience. It seems like his campaign team decided to see how weird they could get, perhaps to get earned media, perhaps just for the fun of it, perhaps to see just if Herman Cain was made of Beatles-level-teflon.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Herman Cain's Bizarre 'Smoking' Campaign Ad Spawns Parodies

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Republican presidential contender and (sometime frontrunner), Herman Cain is out with a new ad that features his campaign chief of staff, Mark Block raving about the campaign while taking a drag on a cigarette. The bizzare ad has gone viral, and has even spawned a few parodies - notably one in which Cain "Chief of Staff, Jay Smooth' is charged with "keep Herman Cain in the news for another three, four months" so he can get a gig on cable TV.

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Herman Cain’s Surge: Race and Relatability in South Carolina

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rick Perry is back today in South Carolina, the state where he launched his presidential campaign just over ten weeks ago. Perry immediately spiked in the polls, but after his series of debate fumbles, it’s been Herman Cain who’s captured the momentum.

Cain led two polls of likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina last week, and Romney hasn’t led polls in the first-in-the-south primary since June, well before Perry entered the race.

But it’s more style than substance that they’re responding to. While Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 refrain helped introduce him to early primary voters, Republican voters in South Carolina praised his relatability — and anti-Romney-ness — more than any specific proposals.

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Fresh Endorsements: Sununu Supports Romney, Forbes Favors Perry

Monday, October 24, 2011

Former New Hampshire Governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu announced today that he would endorse Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination, while business mogul Steve Forbes came out in support of Rick Perry over the weekend.

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A Look at GOP Voters in South Carolina

Friday, October 21, 2011

In South Carolina, Republican voters are trying to sort out the constant back-and-fourth between the leading GOP candidates. Mitt Romney is still floating in the background as the standby front-runner and presumptive nominee. Two weeks ago the big name on the trail was Rick Perry and last week all the hype was about Herman Cain. It is unclear whether each debate and the intense horse race we're watching is actually influencing voters. 

where Republican voters are trying to sort out the constant back and fourth between the leading GOP candidates. 
Mitt Romney is always floating there in the background as the standby frontrunner...and two weeks ago the big name on the trail was Rick Perry.  Last week all the hype was about Herman Cain.
It's unclear whether each debate and the intense horse race we're watching is actually influencing voters...to find out Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's political website It's a Free Country went to a particularly Red state to talk to voters.  

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The Conservative Divide Over the Border Fence

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The extension of border fences has been a hot topic at recent GOP presidential debates. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has signed a pledge urging the completion of a fence by by 2013. Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain also supports a full-border fence, but he backed away from his comments over the weekend that the fence should be "20 feet high, with barbed wire, electrified." Of the nine candidates, only two say they think the fence is a bad idea — Congressman Ron Paul and Texas Governor Rick Perry. But what would it really mean to build a wall from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico? And do the perspectives the GOP candidates reflect most Republican's views on the fence?

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Podcast: 2012 GOP Candidates Sink With Latinos

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In this podcast, Fi2W Executive Producer John Rudolph speaks with La Opinión senior political writer and columnist Pilar Marrero about the first poll measuring how Latino voters are responding to the GOP presidential field. Listen:

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Opinion: In Last Night's Debate, Mitt Show Kills Hermentum, Shuts Down Perry

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In last night's Republican Debate, which we all anticipated would shine a bright light on Cain - the latest to surge in the ABR (Anyone But Romney) race - Romney took center stage.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Republicans Debate Immigration and Other Issues in Las Vegas

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Republican presidential contenders took their latest debate to Las Vegas on Tuesday night, where they discussed immigration, health care, and the economy. The debate was tense at times as Rick Perry tried to regain his momentum, and Mitt Romney defended his Massachusetts health plan. Candidates also briefly weighed in on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Did Herman Cain prove to be a viable opponent to Mitt Romney? And did Rick Perry help his chances, or further sink his campaign?

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Five Things to Watch For in the Las Vegas GOP Debate

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Republican candidates will meet yet again this evening in Las Vegas, capping off a marathon of debates that began in early September. The primary landscape looks very different now than it did back then, when Rick Perry was ascendant and 9/9/9 wasn't a catch phrase. Here's what to look for.

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Explainer: What Ron Paul's Trillion-Dollar Spending Cuts Axe (and What They Don't)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ron Paul wants to slash government spending by $1 trillion, and he doesn't want to waste any time.

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Opinion: Herman Cain Dismisses Racism, Making Him Easy to Dismiss

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The legacy of racism is visible everywhere to anyone who wishes to see it. Herman Cain does not. This is why I refuse to support him.

-Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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