Overheard on CNN.com: Rough roads ahead for Cain's campaign
Herman Cain kicks off his presidential campaign with his wife, Gloria, at a May rally in Atlanta.
December 2nd, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Rough roads ahead for Cain's campaign

Editor's note: Overheard on CNN.com is a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

The comments section began to buzz after a story appeared about Herman Cain's plans to meet with his wife to discuss the future of his campaign. There's been a lot of chatter recently regarding the Republican presidential candidate's 13-year friendship with a woman named Ginger White.

Cain says he offered White financial assistance because she was in need. The majority of our commenters seemed convinced that Cain's friendship carried additional benefits. Many also said his campaign is doomed.

Cain to meet with wife amid affair claims, dropping poll numbers

There were a lot of commenters who tried to put the friendship in the context of their own lives. Many said they didn't find Cain's story believable and were baffled about his need to schedule a meeting with his wife. Some compared him to Newt Gingrich, who has also battled controversies over his personal life.

beowulfpk: " 'Yes, honey, I know I have been texting this woman at all hours of the day and supporting her financially, but I swear she is just a friend.' Anyone that believes that is a fool. The worst part about Cain is that he is a liar. If he had at least admitted partial fault to some of these allegations, he probably could get through this. Look at Newt. He cheated on his wife who was dying of cancer, and people still love him."

Several iReporters and commenters suggested that Cain drop out of the race, and there were also some who wanted him to stay.

Others noted that many politicians have dealt with allegations of affairs, including prominent presidents. Commenters wondered what motivates women to come forward and say they were involved with these men.

mysrom: "I don't understand the big deal. There are very few presidents who didn't have affairs (at least that I know of) and most were quite accepted. JFK, FDR and Clinton are the first to come to mind. Has anyone asked why these women all of a sudden came out of the woodwork? Cain should hang in there; Clinton got elected (twice) in the midst of sexual harassment and affair scandals."

Many readers indicated they weren't as concerned about the possibility of Cain having an affair as about attempts to cover up his behavior. Some saw him as hypocritical:

WolfAK: "For a man who founds his platform on making everyone accountable and doing their own work with no handouts, he seems to have handed out a bit himself to these women. Playing it hard and stern before then claiming he is soft and kindhearted just smacks of lies. Do I care if he had affairs? Not really. Payouts, cover-ups, denials in face of facts, hiding behind lawyer letters and agreements? That does not make any kind of candidate in my eyes."

In general, there was much cynicism expressed about politics.

Ocean26: "I don't care if you make a 'mistake' and cheat on your wife, but five different women and one who says it's been ongoing for 13 years confirms to me you have no morals or character and do not deserve the highest office in this land."

MrDystonia: "I disagree, Ocean26. His behavior qualifies him for elected office. After all, we've been electing lawyers to these positions for decades."

Commenters said Cain should have known these allegations would surface due to his high profile.

llardkent: "Were he not running for president, Cain's story would be a curiosity. But he is running for president, and his handling of the repercussions of women coming forward with accusations of impropriety is astonishing. He admits that he had a long-term relationship with a woman his wife didn't know about, in which he gave the woman money and gifts, but he wasn't physically intimate with her? If you have a long-term relationship with someone and give them money and gifts and your wife doesn't know about it, you are a cad regardless of the nature of your physical relationship. After everything else he is accused of, to admit to this, then suggest he is still a viable candidate is insane. He is toast. Is this an indicator of the quality of the men running this country, in politics and business? It seems every one of these guys, when the spotlight goes on them, have terrible narcissistic flaws - and these are the same guys who think they know better than us how we should live our lives. All that remains is for Cain to admit he is an adulterer, and proclaim that it is only because he loves his country so much."

CrimsonSky: "What amazes me the most is the arrogance of this guy, his ego and his stupidity. Didn't he think for a second that his life would be put under a microscope? And that all his extracurricular activities would be exposed to everyone, and that he would be judged according to his lifestyle? He is a habitual liar, a cheat and not a candidate for any job that I can think of. Pathetic!!"

A lot of our commenters referred to Gingrich's baggage, saying they thought Cain was getting too much scrutiny while the former House speaker wasn't getting enough. A few alluded to race as a possible explanation, while others rejected such theories:

MotTheHoople: "Why are people bearing down on Cain for having an affair? All the while embracing Newt? Newt also had an affair at the same time he was spearheading the impeachment of Clinton for having an affair. Which makes him a hypocrite. ... Why are people holding Cain up to a higher standard than Newt? Is it the skin color? Or what?"

dfwenigma: "The problem with Newtie is that his laundry has been aired so many times that people don't see the dirt in it anymore. That his party would even allow him to run shows the shame that typifies the modern GOP. Newt Gingrich is a dyed-in-the-wool hypocrite. He challenges liberals for committing the same peccadilloes he does and then cries foul at the liberal media. Believe me this is going to get foul and the other campaigns are going to make Gingrich go away. He's a nonentity in this election."

Now it's your turn to share your take. What lies ahead for Cain? Do you think he should quit? Join the conversation in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Share your thoughts on video via CNN iReport.

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

soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. the real fake azz s kel

    Cain" pizzas are like women, I like diferent slices from time to time"!

    December 3, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      What a stupid comment.

      December 3, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. the real fake azz s kel

    Pizza Pizza

    December 3, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Crackheadcain

    Cain slayed able,,,, now the people slay cain

    December 3, 2011 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. ron mcloughlin

    I already posted but as usual this fascist site just ignores whatever they dont like. Hooray, for THE ROOT!

    December 3, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Fascist site? How do you figure?

      December 3, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. taybay

    It irritates me that everyone assumes his dropping poll numbers were all about 'the women'. What about the fact that his ignorance has become glaringly clear? His response has been, "I don't have to know everything. I'll surround myself with smart people to advise me..." I have a better idea: Why don't some of these 'smart' people run, and we can leave Cain out of the election altogether? It amazes me that out of all of the millions and millions of people in this country, this slate of admitted liars and cheats is the best the GOP can come up with? I'd like to know more about Huntsman and Paul, but it seems that the media has decided for us that they are not significant and we don't need to know more... It also bothers me that he will decide whether to stay in the race based on his wife's reaction. So he can drop out, never having a chance in the first place, then lay it on his wife!! I can hear him now..."Yea, I could have been pesident, but it took too much of a toll on my wife, so I dropped out. (Because I'm such a considerate, loving, respectful family man!!) Is this an example of that 'take responsibility for your own life' he's fond of throwing out there?

    December 3, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. mike

    I absolutely feel he should continue to run. On his own money. I hate quitters. And I hate ridiculous people of power and wealth that feel they somehow should not be judged by the same standards ordinary folks are held to. This would provide an opportunity to address both these flaws. If Cain had been caught doing what he did as a lower level employee, he would not even be qualified to deliver pizza to my home today, let alone run for president.

    December 3, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. david

    Unfit to lead anything but gullible women.

    December 3, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • headhancho

      Herman Cain has rumors of liasons with women.........According to Dems that makes for a great president (clinton). Heaven forbid there should be rumors of him hanging out with women other than his wife. Obama still was able to be president and he hung with know criminal/terrorists who killed a US police officer and he got elected? No worries Cain will be as good as clinton and he didnt hang out with any murderer to start his campaign just flussies..

      December 3, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • whodacares

      So honcho, I'm going to go ahead and assume English is not your first language? Or are you a result of the GOP education system?

      December 3, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Forget "Duh."
    Let's use "D" for Definition briefly.
    The New Definition of "Fascist" is "one who does not advocate taking all resources from the rich and giving those resources to humans who have never earned anything." (Zay Whu College's New World Dictionary, Atlanta: Van E.T., 2011)

    December 3, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. fxlozano

    yea, cut him down.

    December 3, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    You wish you could.

    December 3, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. south texas

    He should go since don't think all these women want money from him. He's a typical hyprocrite wanting to be someone who can't. He should stick to his roots and try to be someone with no values. He thinks money buys him everything. What a joke on this clown..

    December 3, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Suzy Powell

    Now let's just consider the culture of the black male. Think about how they most often do about women.

    December 3, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Ricardo

      suzy you said it all if it walks like a duck its a duck history has a way of repeating its self.

      December 3, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jambi

      We don't know, please tell us

      December 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PRP

    Mr. Cain should never have started his bid for Presidency !

    December 3, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. streetheat1

    At the very worst he is no different than Bill Clinton and he didn't step down. Now if only Herman could play the sax.

    December 3, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jambi

      Funny funny... According to Suzy "knows all about black male" Powell, ole Bill must be a black man 🙂

      December 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. the real fake azz s kel

    More lies from the ignorant : vispetti, Ignorant, and stupid Suzy( really ,is there a white, yellow, brown, male culture which every male of those colors follow?) and lwg, just a non knowing fool.

    December 3, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
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