Cain: ‘Falsely Accused’ of Sexual Harassment
GOP candidate responds to claims
- Duration 6:15
- Date Oct 31, 2011
GOP candidate responds to claims
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And that is Republican candidate Ron Herman Cain sort of taking reporters' questions or not taking reported questions.
Dealing with -- reporters after this.
Information came out that he allegedly sexually harassed employees in the 1990s.
Herman Cain was just on Fox News Channel and on happening now show and he is answered those calls and said those accusations were actually baseless.
He said I have never sexually harassed anyone.
And he said yes I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association.
McCain said that -- he noted that it turned out after the investigation.
To be baseless of that is the latest breaking news about Herman -- and this sexual harassment story.
That has been servicing since last night that it we have a political dot com.
Let me bring in the panel because.
Just like this has been here the last our show.
But also cost as I got was he's a political analysts center where electrical.
Elect -- -- for electoral politics and democracy at Fordham University welcome.
-- lot of talk about this whole Herman -- thing because last if you saw.
Draw when -- he had his campaign manager on data on the phone.
But he didn't deny that bit the allegations.
That's set off a very very bad media campaign for the next you know twelve -- -- basically now Herman -- is answer the.
And says he's he's accusations -- baseless what you think about this well I think it's there's good news and bad news for Herman -- I think the good news is people taken seriously you wouldn't.
Have this kind of attention if they didn't think that he had.
Any potential at all as a candidate the bad news for it.
Is that these things tend not to go away very quickly they tend to snowball.
They have the potential to become much bigger regardless of whether they're true or not there's such scrutiny that will be facing the campaign right now.
You almost can't get away from it and then it distracts you from other important things and it has the potential to turn off voters and supporters particularly.
Republican supporters which seem to you know Republicans react.
Somewhat more harshly to these types of personal scandals and -- even the Democrats and I think that that might mean that.
He might be facing an uphill battle with some his that Republican supporters.
Well that you had myself -- I still don't.
Back to if you look at Herman cain's campaign if you look at the you know the smoking and you know I've had people -- just.
This guy is different you know we're gonna hopefully I think he gets I think he gets something a pass here.
You know I think even from even from Republicans and -- acknowledged that he's not.
The run of the mill politician.
You know it's it's it's.
Pretty much standard when you sit down with someone who's running for congress sheriff is there anything in your background that you don't want to see on page three of the New York Post.
You know and I tried headsets we've started under -- -- that thought you.
-- like he you know.
This is like we're talking reporters he says this is baseless accusations.
It's one of those things that they may go away with some payoffs because it's just easier that a lawsuit.
The problem is is when you do that as a businessman nobody really cares because somebody got the money that they were looking for when -- -- as a politician it always.
Has the inference of guilt there at some level right absolutely and I think.
I think it that's going to be something that's going to be difficult to to deal with -- I think on some level it may not be this incident.
That defines what happens to McCain campaign now as a result of it but the potential.
For similar behavior the potential for any type of wrongdoing for covering things up.
A general approach if this gets we -- to work.
A bigger narrative about who Herman Cain -- as a person are how we handles things.
In a leadership position I think that that has the potential to be damaging.
And if they find either of these.
With so what's gonna find reasons that Sony -- -- an -- that's really the next phase of they have -- -- exactly who they weren't a minute basically resources here.
-- somebody or -- these women misinterpreted.
They or they were malicious in actually accusing him and they went after him directly going to get the money.
It happened that's right and I think that I think it even if this is even if this is malicious and even if these are baseless accusations.
This is a test for her McCain in terms of how he's going to deal with this I was gonna do this with the press.
How he would deal with situations like this.
And at this phase of the campaign especially for someone who's not very well known nationally like Herman Cain is people are looking at this as it unfolds to see.
How does this person react to situations like this true or false right or wrong whatever it is.
How is he is an individual as a leader as someone -- Interfacing with the public.
Going to be handling this situation and I think they gonna use that information to make inferences about how he would BS president.
Carol for that question -- that we're going to answer this morning there also is like who floated this who put this out there.
I mean you can see from either side either Democrat put it out there thinking that this is not someone.
-- but it could be.
A good candidate like him or -- -- -- these things get out -- -- not just you know did it really isn't a matter of who put it out there at this point this is clearly something.
That happened right so I was -- already when you that we need to -- -- president you have to expect that all of your dirty laundry trying to get it just you can't sweep these things under the rug and expect them to it.
Stayed there when you're running for president of the United States is just very especially when you have you know.
Several other Republican contenders as well as the Democrats out there who have a vested interest in having this discussion publicly.
-- -- -- -- have the person or persons in the dark room.
And that's what they do this -- -- -- they do that background research on.