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. dan

    What strikes me about the guy is his malignant ego. I've heard him say he is running "for the grandchildren", as if he is the personal savior of the next generation of Americans. He has hinted that all these women popping up left and right are the product of some kind of conspiracy to undermine his campaign. He's not a philnaderer, he says, he's a philanthropist, he is "kind hearted" and he "helps people." It's all about him.

    December 3, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • PK California

      Cain's actions have already taken him out of the running. So far he has blamed everyone, even GOD, for actions that were his ans his alone. Stop making excuses and admit that you made bad decisions and you nd you alone are responsible. Quit now and let your family off the hook!

      December 3, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. the real fake azz s kel


    December 3, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    It really doesn't matter if he quits now. He never really expected to win. This was all about name branding and exposure and free publicity for his book tours. Now he will get a high paying gig on fox and fiends and write another book about his road to the white house.

    December 3, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. ChrisG

    What's amazing to me is the amount of news cycle time CNN contributes to this story compared to any other network. Your obsession with the man is embarrassing and racist in my opinion. God forbid a black man dare be anything othe than a democrat.

    December 3, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Jambi

      To be honest, the few racist connotations are mostly from the conservatives contributors. so called conservatives are true racists, fascist reprobates PERIOD

      December 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Herman we need you

    No, no, keep running Cain! Please! Your buffoonery, your shameless ignorance, your clueless maunderings, without you we have that jackal Bachman and the perpetual ugly bridesmaids Romney, Gingrich, et al. Without you the Republicans look like vicious evil monsters. Only you can bring the whimsical stupidity necessary to fake any kind of warmth or humanity in that crowd.

    December 3, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Johnson

    Yes. We have had enough of this nauseating nonsense. We would prefer to have serious discussion on the issues. I feel badly for his wife.

    December 3, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. TheVolleyballGod

    Cain is a stud whats the big deal, his wife long ago knew he fancied the ladies and let him play as long as he brought the big buckets of cash home so she could live a lavish lifestyle. We admire a man in a powerful position who is a lady banger but if they lie about it then they are toast

    December 3, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Simeon Namore

    Perhaps Cain and Newt should start their own party. They could call it "Da Pimps"

    December 3, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • pgraham43

      Wouldn't you have to have Clinton, Kennedy and John Edwards in that group.

      December 3, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. George Carlin

    Drivin fer Jesus
    Drivin fer Jesus

    December 3, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. wgf

    What difference does it make ? He doesn't have a chance, and he never really did.

    December 3, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. WaynePain

    Typical jungle tomcat, the Russians would have him painted up like Dennis Rodman and giving away state secrets within one week!

    December 3, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Catherine Brady

    This man obviously is lying, at least about some of his activities. All those people can't be lying about him. I say he tuck in his tail, go back home to his wife, and lead a quiet, out-of-the-public-service eye. If we can't believe him about this stuff, why would I believe him about things he says as president. I'd never vote for him.

    December 3, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ernie

    This was all planed to get Herman Cain to drop out of the race, it looks like it's going to work. I have always said the liberal press has more investigative powers than any police department. Politico did their job and it looks like Herman Cain will drop of the of the race. Who's going to be their next target is anybody's guess. Do I think Herman Cain should stay in the race "no" too much damage has been done. Now it's going to be the process of elimination. Like I mentioned nobody knows who is going to be Politico's next victim.

    December 3, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. m

    Both Cain & Gingrich should drop out. Cain for his current issues of infidelity going from the party of "Family Values" that want's to be in your bedroom telling you what to do and how to live. He needs to be held to the same standards that his party wants to hold the average American too on a daily basis. In addition since republicans/tea party spout their "christian values" this behavior goes against it so at no point could he hold anyone to those same standards yet be left off the hook himself.

    Newt needs to drop out just for being Newt. He wasted millions of dollars of tax payer money chasing Clinton for the same behaviors he has exhibited over the past several years. His moral compass is non-existent yet he would hold the rest of the country to standards that he can't meet himself. Also take into consideration that Newt's view match his bank account. Whomever makes the latest deposit he becomes a supporter of their cause.

    Neither of these men have any credibility and have proven on numerous occassions that they are in it for their wallet instead of the country.

    December 3, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. david

    Herman, put on your pimp hat and get the hell out of Dodge on your morally bankrupt Cain-Train !!

    December 3, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
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