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Both are in DC this morning Adam Goldberg.
Former special associate counsel to the president from 19961999.
Thank you very much and also Nicholas Thompson vice president of -- -- group.
A Republican strategic research and polling -- thank you both for being here.
Thank you thank you.
This is something that we were questioning yesterday whether this is something that Herman Cain can actually avoid and what that -- -- bring down his candidacy or not.
And landings it -- -- -- -- -- this morning is you know it was one thing to get out the facts right away at that was they'll be the best thing.
But then to have things.
Week by drips and drabs that is the death -- really of a campaign I don't know if you guys agree with -- Adam wanted to go first.
That's I think that's -- right he has to do somebody did get out ahead of this.
You know this is really having worked worked in the Clinton administration that was art technique would we have had news we got out very quickly try to put it behind as much as possible.
Today the question of the day is is he going to allow.
The allegations in that and the accuser.
To come forward and speak and I think his answer has to be yes otherwise it will eventually come out.
Her allegations will come out and he'll just be answering this for months and months he's got to put this behind.
And it let's what do you think.
Absolutely campaign politics -- -- message stay on the offense against your opponents control the message he's doing none of that right now he's playing defense.
He's at the will of the news media he's trying to answer their questions some of them in the way that he wants to.
But -- -- -- the matter is he is not controlling the message of this campaign right now.
And that's got to be really harmful for him.
-- it without actually surprising here this morning that Herman McCain's office was actually a campaign was actually informed about twelve days or eleven days before this came out of the they were working on this story.
They had eleven days to get -- ducks in order they had eleven days to figure out how they -- and you come out with this and figure out.
The facts why why were they prepared.
When this first came out -- Yeah that's interesting to hear that I mean when I first saw the story break -- I thought it kind of caught him off guard but.
This did not seem to catch them off guard we I don't know why they didn't prepare better.
And expect that this was gonna happen I don't know how you could assume that.
This media firestorm would not happen -- this with a story.
Yeah it -- what do you think of and you think -- system.
An indication that Herman cain's campaign was always just a little.
Sparks -- and they didn't happen.
The staffers that a lot of his other bigger campaigns the Romney campaign Kerry campaign didn't have the money to have the step is that part of the problem.
-- absolutely it even if he had 24 hours and not ten days to -- these allegations.
The most -- one of those basic elements of the campaign is you do your own opposition -- against your own candidate first.
When you first getting off the ground so you know what's coming ahead of time he should have known about this months ago had -- points ready for when Politico first call 1012 days ago.
That he didn't really just shows how how much trouble is campaign is from a structural infrastructure standpoint yeah.
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