Overheard on CNN.com: Let Cain's accusers come forward
GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain says he has been "falsely accused" of inappropriate behavior toward female employees.
October 31st, 2011
02:28 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Let Cain's accusers come forward

Comment of the morning:
"Don't blame the Dems for this one. The Republicans are starting to eat their young." – Nevis

Cain denies harassment allegations

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told Fox News he had "never sexually harassed anyone" in response to a Politico report alleging that two women employees settled with the National Restaurant Association after complaining about him when he led that group in the 1990s. The women's names were not released. John Avlon, a CNN political contributor, said Monday that while Cain needs to address the allegations, the story may "smack of opposition research" by another campaign.

Many CNN.com readers said Cain had a right to know his accusers and others said he should just come clean if the story's true. MotherLodeBeth said, "Unless the women come forward and can be grilled on the facts and why they settled, it's all hearsay to me."

Motley said, "Anyone can make allegations of any nature; it does not mean they are true, nor does it mean that if two women did receive separation packages that it was due to harassment. Sorry, I prefer facts to judge someone other than rumors and allegations."

Mr. America said, "He should just say, 'Yes I did it, let's move on.' Now they will get him on lying. Same problem Clinton had."

Many pointed fingers at the Republican Party. pinarello said, "How convenient. Cain starts to gain some traction, and the smears start coming in." Desmond, A Canadian said, "Here they come, typical GOP dirty smears, completely predictable. A sign that Cain is a force to contend with. We all knew that this was going to be an ugly election."

once upon a horse said, "So they are so sure that liberals are the ones that started this, huh? Well lately it seems that it's been more Republicans going after Cain than the left." kravitz said, "Politico is a Republican-owned publication with a conservative Republican tone, not a 'liberal' or even moderate one."

Other CNN.com readers asked who care? Observer said, "Cain's statement that he opposes abortion for any reason tells us all we need to know about his intelligence. This story doesn't matter after that." Bigred said, "Based on his experience in politics, his real grasp of America's political and economic realities, and his knowledge of the works of Washington all of which amount to zero we would be hard-pressed to find a less capable candidate."

Brannon said, "Herman Cain was never convicted of sexual harassment. So I couldn't care less. He’s still a brilliant, educated, uncorrupt from the government man with a plan."

Ron said, "I suppose if you dig enough there is bound to be some dirt in everyone's past. Herman Cain is no exception. Let's see how this plays out ..."

Everaldo Jones said, "I don't think a little sexual innuendo should stand between the country and the leadership it needs. We are electing a commander in chief, not a pope."

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. Morton Lowe

    Why does no one suspect Newt Gingrich of masterminding the smear campaign that is bringing down Cain? He is a very smart politician and capable of doing this - and he is rising in the polls.

    November 12, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    Obama is going to win AGAIN, hands down.

    November 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    These GOP candidates have nothing to offer. Republicans want us to stay in Iraq, McCain was crying about that today. Do we really want another Republican in Office to send more of out children to die in pointless wars?

    November 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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