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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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    I agree, Mmmmm...have we ever heard a bad word about Obama's personal life?
    I just wish Mr. President would have had a little more experience under his belt before running...

    November 1, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. v_mag

    The charges may be true or false. The real "inappropriate behavior" is that Cain, a person of no government experience and of very little substance, entered the presidential race and has moved to the top tier of Republican contenders.

    He hasn't paid his dues and doesn't deserve consideration as a presidential candidate. He admits to knowing nothing about foreign policy and indicates he will learn about that on the job. His only policy is the silly 999 tax boondoggle that all analysts say will benefit only the rich. How can he be considered are "real" candidate with such thin qualifications?

    November 1, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • chief

      look at the GOP choices..... he is more than welcome

      November 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RayJ

    American people are at a point where the dirty ploys of politics no longer carry the weight they once did. People are no longer taking a leap to condemnation merely on the suggestion of impropriety; you had better prove your assertion. The only thing proven here is that as a powerful executive was targeted by a female accuser with a money motive. This is no great revelation in today’s society. That the media blows this type of thing into the proportion that it has is an example of the crap that disgusts the population of this country. This is blatant smear. It is an example of the arrogance of the press. Just as rich moguls see themselves above all others and deserving of hording money, the press considers itself all powerful and likes to flex its muscle by taking down the character of anyone it chooses, whether for political maneuvering or for profit positioning. The media will be next in the target of disgusted people. We see through this and we don’t like it one bit.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Donald in CA

    The tea party can really pick them. If Bozo Jones was a tea party canidate he would go to the top of the polls. I will stick with the current president who is of sound mind and his recent physical said he is as healty as a teenager.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • chief

      tea party didnt pick him

      November 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pmk1953

    I didn't know Jon Lovitz had an older black brother. Yeah, that's the ticket.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. taj


    November 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rosalie Bhatnagar

    Can't some journalists get access to Mrs. Cain? Is there a Mrs. Cain? What is the mystery here.

    November 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    Sounds like a setup to me. A woman looking for him to do her a favor, get her a job. She initiates everything. He even asks her why are you here? He takes the bait, she doesn't go to the police, he runs for office, she comes out. WOMAN!!!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ordnry1

    Mr. Cain looked like he was almost crying.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LarKJR

    I think this is a classic case of the media assassination a man clearly qualified to pursue his American dream. Why is it that we give credibility to woman women who clearly had the opportunity to file charges and make their cases public over 15 years ago. Why Now? Why is the media giving so much credit to woman who are CLAIMING harassment. Nothing has ever been proven or even formally been brought to charges.

    any form of harassment is intolerable, however these woman have had years to contemplate and decide to go public years ago.

    o they are clearly looking for the media attention to hopefully get a book deal!

    November 9, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Sorry Lark. What do you think $46,000 and $35,000 for silence is if not "evidence". What he did may not be the worst thing in the world, but he is a...mmm....lets see....liar?

      November 11, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Oh yeah...Herman can clear the air by permitting the NRA to release its investigation...or....take a polygraph (lie detector)...but then, who want to clear the air when looking straight at the camera and lying will do?

      November 11, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Truth is...(and you know it)...any sane and completely innocent man would run to the nearest polygraph. I would and you would.

      November 11, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. ruth hammond

    Mr Cain does not know how to speak english properly. He used "ain't" instead of " isn't." If he can't speak without using slang words how can anybody trust him to run this country.

    November 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. opinion8it

    I think Cain is releaved that there is still hope that Palin will be his running mate.... I think he can't wait to find out how desperately she wants the job... *nudge*, *nudge*.. *wink*, *wink"... say no more.

    November 9, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Nudge, nudge...exactly right

      November 11, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. romney for president

    Cain is an idiot.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. YesWeCain

    A couple women looking to make accusations. The media is twisting this as much as possible, especially the left. He said that he has never done anything of the sort. Last time I checked, you are innocent until proven guilty. Until these 'accusors' can gather proof, I stand by Cain. P.S. Clinton lied to the nation, Senate and tarnished the White House, much worse. Because he is a liberal... no one cares. People are threatened by Cain and that is why they make a big deal over rumors.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • texasbuttkikr

      More than a couple my friend.... House of Cain is falling. Too bad because he is probably the best of the GOP candidates.

      November 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Galbraith

      Check the difference between consent and forced contact. It's about $46,000. Get it?

      November 11, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
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