November 4, 2011 |
Does Herman Cain have nine lives? His "9-9-9" plan was sharply criticized in the last GOP debate; his foreign policy statements are increasingly raising eyebrows. And of course, he's at the center of a media firestorm over the revelation of sexual harassment allegations made during his time leading the National Restaurant Assn. And yet a new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that Cain is statistically tied with Mitt Romney among Republican voters; his standing actually improved since last month.
November 2, 2011 |
If anyone needs a piece of good luck, it's Herman Cain. And on Wednesday, maybe he got one. Cain was already having a tough day. A campaign appearance earlier Wednesday in northern Virginia had ended in a small shouting match with reporters after Cain refused to answer questions about the sexual harassment allegations that have dogged him all week. Another phalanx of reporters awaited him in a corridor of the Rayburn House office building, where Cain was scheduled to deliver some remarks.
October 17, 2011 |
President Obama's strategist-in-chief, David Axelrod, doesn't sound too worried about the prospect of his candidate taking on Republican insurgent Herman Cain next fall. Appearing on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” Axelrod called Cain “an intriguing personality” but made it clear that the president's reelection campaign has its sights trained on Mitt Romney. “When you look at the resources,” he said, “[Rick] Perry and Romney are likely to be duking it out at some point here.
October 28, 2011 |
Apparently "9-9-9" is good for about $3 million. That's how much money Herman Cain says he's raised in the month of October alone as financial support begins to match a spike in the polls that is defying political gravity. The former pizza chain executive told Fox Business Network (see video below) that his organization "is expanding dramatically" as well, while disputing a recent New York Times report that his campaign is in disarray. "They don't know what they are talking about," he said.
December 13, 2011 |
Herman Cain may have left the Republican presidential campaign but his candidacy will live on in Iowa the night of the Jan. 3 caucuses. Cain's name remains on the Iowa ballot -- the caucus vote is actually a non-binding presidential poll -- because he dropped out after the list was finalized by state GOP officials. This isn't the first time that's happened. Duncan Hunter was similarly listed during the 2008 caucuses, even though he too had ended his campaign before Iowans opening the voting for the presidential nomination. The Republican congressman from California wound up with just over 500 caucus votes (out of nearly 120,000 cast statewide)
October 18, 2011 |
A video of a 1990s-era Herman Cain signing an ode to pizza to the tune of John Lennon's "Imagine" now making the rounds on the Web is hotter than an extra-large double cheese. It was uncovered by the Omaha World-Herald in the course of doing a story on the presidential candidate's days as chief executive of the Godfather's Pizza chain. Cain lived in Omaha for most of the 1990s. As Slate first reported, the lyrics of the song go like this: Imagine there's no pizza I couldn't if I tried Eating only tacos Or Kentucky Fried Imagine only burgers It's frightening and sad You're lucky you have pizza To feed your kids for you Only frosting or cookies And no dishes you must do Imagine eating pizza Each and every day The World-Herald story has who knew Cain in those days crediting him with helping to stabilize the Godfather's chain.
November 29, 2011 |
Jon Huntsman suggested Tuesday that Herman Cain's personal saga is hurting the entire field of Republican presidential hopefuls, and that the former restaurant executive is right to reconsider his candidacy. Speaking with the Boston Globe , the former Utah governor said he was again disappointed to see Monday night that a fresh report about Cain -- the latest alleges an extramarital affair; it follows accusations of sexual harassment earlier in the month -- was getting more attention than the major issues.
November 1, 2011 |
One of Herman Cain's accusers wants to be heard. Her lawyer told the Washington Post on Tuesday that she is ready to tell her side of the ongoing saga involving allegations of sexual harassment while Cain was head of the National Restaurant Assn. in the late 1990s. But, the lawyer, Joel Bennett, said the woman remains bound by the confidentiality agreement she signed as part of a settlement of her claim with the association. “It is just frustrating that Herman Cain is going around bad-mouthing the two complainants, and my client is blocked by a confidentiality agreement,” Bennett told the Post.
October 7, 2011 |
Call him candidate zero. Rick Santorum told social conservatives gathered in Washington on Friday that he would be a reliable advocate for the cause of life in the White House. But the former Pennsylvania senator, whose debate performances have been well-received but has yet to see that translate to national polling, also sold his credentials on defense and economic issues. On the latter, he targeted Herman Cain, who's quickly risen to near the top of the pack in national polls.
October 8, 2011 |
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas turned out his well-organized crop of supporters Saturday and won a presidential preference straw poll with 37% of the vote. Coming in second place in the poll of social conservatives at the annual Values Voter Summit was retired pizza chain executive Herman Cain, who pulled in 23% of the vote. Cain, who won a surprise victory in a straw poll last month in Florida, delivered a rousing speech Friday afternoon in which he joked about the pressure that comes with breaking into the “top tier” of candidates in the GOP primary race.