Perry: My campaign had nothing to do with Cain allegations
Herman Cain speaks at a meeting of the Consumer Electronics Association on Wednesday.
November 3rd, 2011
06:24 PM ET

Perry: My campaign had nothing to do with Cain allegations

[Updated at 6:24 p.m. ET] Texas Gov. Rick Perry told CNN on Thursday that there was "no apology needed" from his Republican presidential campaign to fellow GOP challenger Herman Cain, who claims Perry's campaign is responsible for what Cain calls "baseless" sexual harassment allegations against him.

"Our campaign didn't have anything to do with it," said Perry, adding he'd fire any staffer if he found out they were "passing on rumors."

[Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET] GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain denounced a claim by an Oklahoma Republican political consultant that he'd seen Cain demonstrate inappropriate conduct toward a female employee during Cain's tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association.

"This is absolutely not true," Cain told Sean Hannity on the Hannity's syndicated radio program, regarding the account that Chris Wilson made on CNN and elsewhere. "They can't prove anything ... I think this Chris Wilson guy is just trying to help out the (Texas Gov. Rick) Perry campaign."

The Perry campaign has claimed it didn't know about the allegations. Wilson is currently doing polling for a political action committee supporting Perry's bid, but the group is independent of the campaign and by law cannot coordinate with it.

Allegations that Cain engaged in sexual harassment in his past surfaced Sunday.

Cain on Thursday continued to deny the allegations and said he won't be deterred by the controversy that has dominated his front-running campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

[Initial post, 4 p.m. ET] Republican presidential contender Herman Cain has raised $1.2 million since allegations of sexual harassment in his past surfaced Sunday, his campaign said Thursday.

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  1. Change

    Its not your fault Herman Cain. Blame it on the Viagra. But if you had just read the label you would have discovered that it stated to consult your physician if you still couldn't get it back down after four hours. Shame on you Mr. Cain!

    November 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marvin Iavecchia

      what facts do you have to present that he should be ashamed D-A?

      November 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. V. P.

    Just go away Cain, by the by he looks like a CREEP.

    November 9, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. MDDon

    Regardless of the outcome, has Cain looked presidential in this mess?

    November 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. shannon freeman

    Guilty!!!! he is a liar!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Barbara Rippee

    Re Anita Hill remarks - who is the broad on CNN who commented "Anita Hill is the woman who tried to block the Clarence Hill nomination for the Supreme Court" What??? And she is not even a blond - this is a comment I would have expected on Fox!!!

    November 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jason

    Cain is falling in the polls, he is finished.

    November 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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