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I have never sexually harassed into -- let's say that secondly.
I've never sexually harassed and -- And that yes I was falsely accused.
While I was at the National Restaurant Association and I say falsely because it turned out after the investigation to be based lists.
Okay this is campaign confidential on -- affiliate with Packard Dell and Doug -- -- -- courses Herman -- this morning at about 11 o'clock on Fox News.
All the political world is abuzz today from last night's breaking story on Politico dot com.
Where the story basically is that two women who worked at the restaurant association.
And Herman Cain was the head of it in the 1990s.
Settled a lawsuit with them -- with the restaurant association for some sort of sexual harassment.
We don't really know all we know is this is the big story dominating.
Partisan politics today in the GOP race.
So let -- get into real analysis of the politics of this story so first -- -- Politico.
Credible news organization.
Obviously credible news organization.
Clearly a well sourced.
Story John it isn't clear to me.
Whether they really have the goods on Herman Cain did his denial -- my -- back.
They're pretty emphatic pat do you think.
-- what are we twelve hours into the site where we -- in terms of it developing and came.
On top of it behind the curve ahead of the curve won't.
He's been behind the curve because that these political team has campaigned -- days ago.
-- the heads up that this was coming.
And I would've thought you and immediately moved to just preempt the story.
I mean that's normal thing they clearly have not he clearly was large inside of -- -- so -- -- behind the curtain that he's taken various dogs have.
Very strong position he has staked his ground out there let me just say and -- taken by the way and I hope peace unlike -- I hope that's true.
He's got two things the politics are simple.
When he says the restaurant association did and I didn't know but what they did that's that will have people.
But what he said I've never sexually harassed him I hope it stands -- I think I would have taken a position a little bit more new wants which is hey I think jokes I -- things some people may have still thought they were an appropriate.
You know if they did uncharted I've never sexually harass someone but it could be that I said something fifteen years ago and someone the wrong.
But he's been that emphatically said there was an investigation.
That said there was no basis of fact for us.
That -- -- -- -- they you know I don't know he can hide it -- right maybe.
Pat and -- what what I notice in this thing is I think this is a window into the dysfunction.
Of the Herman Cain operation I think it's.
In many ways he's a marvelous phenomenon we've all said each other on and off the -- attractive and different.
But the campaign is almost nonexistent early campaign manager of the smoking guy would -- to get to and -- I don't even -- name I keep forgetting -- He apparently has never had a conversation -- Herman Cain until yesterday about this thing court I saw one.
MSNBC today talking about it.
He had never talked to mr.
-- about this particular issue until yesterday -- star.
Well does that certainly does that is not a -- I just wonder and and that was that New York Times piece last week.
They've got into his management style as such is there is no management style that the staff has been told they cannot talk to mr.
-- and cars on the way to offense unless he talks to them first -- -- ever heard of a candidate like that.
John this is a phenomenon that speaker that I can't give -- a cap.
And what so star -- I don't get to it the second.
Is the key caucus is Iowa.
And between Herman Cain and Mitt Romney they're competing to see who can can't pay less in the state that will be most determined.
And while they're both ahead of bullets and and brother were always told that we have to go to Iowa to do well they don't go they do well well that's.
Because the vacuum let's understand nothing about her McCain you know it's not clear that -- -- be known and whose book -- -- I've said on this program last several weeks your -- is the latest recipient upon this land.
This sense of daily nation discontent in protest in the country.
It is landed on him he doesn't own it anymore than Rick Perry -- it although he has a genuine outsider -- government help.
But he -- not had a campaign -- when you said the -- said his campaign manager yesterday until yesterday.
I'm sorry when -- run a campaign.
The first thing you hear about one of these things I remember where Jody Powell -- part of it all kinds of sort.
Man apart from minute one came up we were on top of those whose with the candidate the whole thing because -- all these questions that he is segregation -- -- to -- nine days -- Hard to believe and by the way not only did they wait.
But yesterday corn in the Politico story he came out of face the nation where Bob Schieffer interviewed him not about this but about other things he came out on the sidewalk and the political reporter walked up to Herman Cain.
And asked don't.
Have you ever sexually harassed anyone.
And they had to ask it three times they ask can an -- and he -- -- was clearly upset over mr.
McCain's answer was he looks at the reporters says have you ever sexually harassed.
Now that's not a prepared -- don't.
-- it is not let's assume.
For the sake of argument.
That came did not.
Sexually harassed probably -- but yeah even in the in his terms and I I think we would probably shouldn't the problem politically -- which is where -- going.
Is he was -- prepare.
He was clearly upset and that's understandable but could not prepare have a position.
And have an argument that you want to advance.
Yes it's it's it's also heard about but it gives -- the problem because its interest to his advantage of not being a politician is a weakness here it has no -- You're running for president of the United States.
The questions of how you handle crises and handle things.
Probably weighs more than it does.
That for someone who's been an officeholder Rick Perry might argue with -- yeah that I don't know passes but nonetheless it is you don't so the stakes for him are much higher.
So we'll find out a -- I -- that this is -- -- put on him.
We'll see but he has staked out ground that is -- he better be right because will be under commonly used.
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