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.

soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Michael

    to popejon: Politico a republican backed publication? Yeah right, and so I guess that you would call The Daily Kos and the Huffington Post right wing publications too right?

    October 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. popejon

    Did present Bush give The Daily Kos and the Huffington Post his blessing? Answer: no. So why would Bush speak so highly of a liberal paper?

    October 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Donald in CA

    Herman, you are in deep doo doo. If these women were black you will have no problem(see anita hill), but if they were white put your pizza hat back on.

    October 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ fernace, well said! and @ jake, pretty much business as usual with MOST politicians, no matter which party! they do what they do because they can! Time to make changes in that direction.

    October 31, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. s kel


    October 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. s kel

    Freeman the fool is another , hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil blinded rightwing blame everything wrong on Obama. Ill bet if rick perry, or hermit cain ran over his family in a car with either of those two driving and blamed Obama for driving,freeman the fool would belive them.

    October 31, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. funky bunch

    Didn't seem to hurt Clinton.

    October 31, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • v_mag

      Clinton was impeached and almost removed from office. What do you mean it didn't hurt him? His legacy will always include the Lewinski affair, as shown by the fact that, everytime a Repugnant gets caught with his pants down, Clinton is the first name guys like you bring up.

      The difference is, Clinton was a qualified president who actually did a few things right. Cain is a nobody pizzaman with one half-baked tax plan to benefit his rich buddies. Otherwise, he's completely forgettable.

      November 1, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. s kel


    October 31, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    Ignorant stupid tea party fools.

    October 31, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. patricia

    The truth will always come out!

    October 31, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ethieb08

    If Cain actually did commit the allegations these women have brought forward the truth will come out at some point because it always does in politician scandals. However, I believe it has a lie and just a way to take away from Cain's presidential campaign.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. bigwilliestyles

    Cain: sign a release of any and all disclosure restrictions. Then we'll have some talkin!

    November 1, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. jazz

    hmmm... the electric fence issue...pressured from Napolitano and other Latinos in power? I was told by the SS to eat my words when I spoke up about(did not know they were druglords) noisy neighbors (complains for San Diego Mayor and Governor as landlord failed to act)...if this is how Latinos treat people...maybe they need to go back south...AMERICA doesnt take well to bullying by outsiders, those that do are pushovers and dont need to be in office.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mmmmm

    I guess they would have played the-two-women-waiting-in-the-crevice card on Obama 'cept he rolled up with two beautiful babies and a beautiful wife...i believe single men and womanizers do not belong in politics...selfish, self-centered, exhibitionists...common sense people! common sense!

    November 1, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Cain might win an election, but if we elect a Republican president, we may have to put down or embrace a real "people's" revolution, with real falling blades and well aimed bullets.
    In contemplating that, don't forget how long it took after the Long March for China to get where it is now, and what eventually happened to the USSR.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
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