Cain Campaign: 'Rick Perry Needs to Apologize'
Chief of Staff Mark Block speaks out
- Duration 6:34
- Date Nov 2, 2011
Chief of Staff Mark Block speaks out
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On this story now breaking story joining me now is Marc Bloch chief of staff for the Herman Cain campaign.
-- -- thanks for being here thanks for having me first.
You're charging the Perry campaign with stirring this up absolutely and quite frankly this is one of the actions.
In America that.
Is the reason people don't get involved in politics -- the actions of the Perry campaign are despicable.
Rick Perry and his campaign.
Poll Herman Cain and his -- -- an apology.
Both the Rick Perry campaign and political.
Who did the wrong thing.
Our reporting something that wasn't true.
From anonymous sources.
In nights like I said they old Herman Cain in this family an apology what evidence you have -- us.
Herman -- ran for the senate he hired a general consultant.
-- -- -- The NRA claims at that time to his general consult National Restaurant Association exactly mr.
Anderson so the campaign.
At that point would be prepared if the issue surfaced it did not.
Approximately two weeks ago as you know mr.
Anderson went to work for the Rick Perry campaign.
What else happened about two weeks ago.
Political began this smear campaign.
Citing anonymous sources claiming mr.
-- -- inappropriately.
Now let me.
Say that Kurt Andersen has given Politico.
Quote saying he didn't know about this before this story ran.
He has great respect for Herman Cain and his character I would never speak ill of him on the record or off the record.
That's true today and it's not going to change you say that's a lot.
It's an outrage and as I said before.
Rick Perry needs to apologize to Herman Cain and quite frankly to America there's another veteran pollster with.
We used to be with National Restaurant Association Chris Wilson.
He is now working with the super -- that supports the Texas governor's bid.
He is on the record did detailing what he says is another incident of the sexual harassment.
The Perry campaign.
Needs to apologize to Herman Cain and his family.
And America for this.
Despicable actions and quite frankly political to political won't release any documentation.
Or will they even admit that they spoke of these two women.
They have nothing and cited unnamed sources.
Now Chris Wilson has put out a quote saying to be -- you can ask any of the reporters covering this story I had nothing to do with leaking this in any way.
I've never discussed or shared the store with -- my clients.
Now listen you have a prepared statement here and I know if you're.
You kind of Reading off of it.
But are you 100% sure that there's nothing else.
To these allegations.
That this is piling on and this is from directly the Perry campaign.
I asked mr.
I'm numerous occasions whether anything to any of these allegations and he looked me square in the -- and said no right.
-- has never committed any sexual harassment period end -- story.
You set at the National Journal about earlier this week.
That same statement yes then you said as the hours go by it's interesting that we even hear from a radio talk show host of Iowa got a receptionist thought.
cain's comments were inappropriate I now -- talk show host is apparently on the record talking about I would challenge anybody that has these.
Statements to be made to come forward with the person making the statements face mister -- For a campaign.
That knew about this story for ten days.
And then a candidate who said he didn't know about.
Settlements the specifics early in the day on Monday.
And then kind of clarify that through the day.
Now you're saying that you remember the specifics of briefing a staffer back in 2003.
Did this develop over the past.
Day actually over it since Monday as this story began to break okay we knew about the political story 710 days ago.
If I spent.
All my time.
Chasing these anonymous allegations.
I'd be spending 24 hours a day seven days a week which is exactly what the other campaigns with with which we reduce -- -- threat seriously.
One of the problems that this city -- is we are running an unconventional campaign.
With eight unconventional candidate.
They're not used to this Deanna I think one of the things that they're doing -- attacking mr.
-- as chief of staff do you take responsibility for how this was.
Handled in the response to this story absolutely.
Buck stops here and it was in your opinion not handled well.
I think we gonna handle it better we -- got out in front of the story a little bit.
And we could had a better explanations but again you can't spend all of your time just like from this point forward what do we do.
Somebody comes out -- the anonymous.
-- -- accusation.
And we spend all day long doing that we can't do that.
So we call a restaurant association to waive this waiver -- whatever the deal is with the settlement.
So that these women who apparently wanna talk about it can that's.
-- totally up to the national restaurant so decision Brett.
Last thing another thing that's getting a lot of attention this Monday interview in which.
The candidate mr.
-- was talking about China and said this about nuclear capability.
If you look at the sound -- What was always -- he was referring to the nuclear capability that China was.
Getting further and further.
And their aircraft carriers not that they didn't have -- that don't.
What -- what happens from here.
Well hopefully this becomes.
Not the story of the hour of the story of the -- and we can get on campaigning getting mr.
McCain's vision for America.
Across to the voters and if it in I've been asked Brett could this have up.
-- detrimental effect on our campaign.
I think -- take a look at the poll numbers that have come -- in the last 24 hours we've either maintained or increased its intensity factor has gone.
Up and if we had our best fundraising -- idea yesterday that we've ever had on the campaign so obviously is not hurting us -- our supporters.
-- thanks for the time thanks for having me.