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Cain ‘Escapes Damage’ In Debate (Dammit)

From a deeply saddened Reuters:

Cain escapes serious damage in Republican debate

By John Whitesides
November 10, 2011

ROCHESTER, Michigan (Reuters) – Herman Cain escaped serious damage in a presidential debate on Wednesday when Republican rivals held their fire over sexual harassment allegations that threaten to derail his 2012 White House bid.

Cain, a former pizza executive who leads some polls in the race, faced only one question about the accusations by four women dating to the late 1990s. Main rival Mitt Romney refused to wade into the controversy.

"The American people deserve better than someone being tried in the court of public opinion based on unfounded accusations," Cain said in the debate at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Cain has denied the harassment charges and noted the issue had not dented voter enthusiasm for his campaign to face President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the November 2012 election.

"They don’t care about character assassination, they care about leadership and getting the country going," he said to cheers from the audience..

Cain raised some eyebrows in the debate when he described former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as "Princess Nancy", a remark he later said he regretted

Only in our benighted times could calling a woman a princess ‘raise eyebrows’ and require a quick apology.

The moderator’s question about the allegations drew boos from the audience at the debate, which was focused on economic issues. Romney was cheered when he declined to answer when asked if he would hire an executive facing similar charges

Actually, the audience booed every question about Cain’s sex harassment allegations, and cheered when the moderators (reluctantly) returned to political issues.

Which we are usually told is all the news media is really interested in. At least when it comes to Democrats.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 10th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Cain ‘Escapes Damage’ In Debate (Dammit)”

  1. Tater Salad says:

    Who cares! We, The People, get it. The Democrats are very nervous and are using their typical lying and smear tactics to degrade a threatening conservative to the Presidency.




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  2. jobeth says:

    What’s wrong with being called princess? (wink ;-D) My honey calls me that all the time! (Not the same tho is it?…lol)

    I really enjoyed Cain’s answers and found it amusing when the moderator rolled her eyes at the boos. I do believe I saw steam coming out of her ears and nostrils. She’s a bitter little woman…lol. But all of those moderators were on the attack and very demanding…with no sense of humor. I just loved it! Cain and Newt showed them for what they were.

    Poor Perry..I did feel for him…I’ve drawn a blank too often to want to admit to, on things I knew well. It happens.

    I’ve always liked Newt but kind of felt like he was getting stale. But lately he has been really getting aggressive with his comments and answers…and personally I love that.

    To be truthful I would love to see a Gingrich/Cain team. I think Gingrich would be the only one up there who could make mincemeat out of Obama in a head to head debate. Newt knows his stuff backwards and forwards and knows where the pot holes are in this government. He’s been around so long now, little gets by him. I can promise Obalmy doesn’t want to go up against Newt.

    Trying to picture any others going up against Obama in a debate is hard to imagine. Some would do “OK” but we need someone to knock it out of the park. I like a lot of them but head to head with Prez silver tongue I don’t think anyone could be better and more aggressive than Newt. For sure Romney couldn’t. He is just too “suave” and slick. He is carefully remaining as far from the firing line as possible during these debates. And I think the dems would like to see him win the Rep primary. He would be a lot easier to derail than Newt.

    And while we are at it…I could care less how many times he’s been married. I’m not looking for someone who’s a good husband…I want a good prez. Everyone has baggage these days. Unless you are doing your inturn in the WH I don’t want to know about it.

    Newt…and Cain both know how to debate and carry themselves.

    Just my opinion. I hadn’t decided until the last couple of weeks who I would like to see win the primary. The more I see of these two the more I like both Newt and Herman. Things would get done…and in a hurry with these two.

    In my eyes Mitt is just another garden variety RINO, who feels its his turn so he is staying out of the way until the others either drop out or get shot down by the MSM and stupid moderators. He’s the “darling’ of the media and they never seem to throw any really tough questions that would require anything but a photogenic turn of the head to impress the gullible.

    I know there will be those who disagree with me…but, for what it’s worth…that’s how I see it.

    • tranquil.night says:

      The knives are starting to come out on Newt. He’s about to run the gauntlet. Romney’s camp got a jump on that, now the others are hopping in.

      Gauging by voter reactions, Gingrich, Romney and Cain are who’re consistently winning people over. Jo and Consilience are echoing more than just whispers in many Conservative circles that Newt and Herman work well together. I also get the feeling Romney’s camp might be starting to lay the lines for Cain to come on as VP assuming the scandal fades away without any new major developments. Not going to hold back in opining that Romeny/Cain would be a solid bridge in what all the wizards of smart describe as Mitt’s inevitable victory, as well as a strong demographic ticket with decent personality/ideological balance (if that’s how it’s gotta go).

      The Establishment is in kill mode though, and I think it’s because they feel Conservatives are embarassing them in national media again and chasing independents away because the latest MBM polls are pushing that trend. Perry’s a dummy. Cain’s a deviant. Newt’s an angry old white man preaching at the media and lecturing America (Uh, Barry O-Blah-blah anyone)? Ideology loses, get over it extremist wingnuts.

      Coulter, my God. I’ve linked to every one of her past three pieces because they’re so brilliant, but she gets into the political arena and I can’t believe what I hear.

      They’ll come for Mittens too, and judging by how much they want to go up against him, they obviously feel like he’s who they can twist into a fold. How will he handle himself when knocked off message and in the hot-seat? With the establishment consultants at his side, oof. By then we’ll have no other choice.

    • proreason says:

      Yep, it’s just about Newt’s time in the box.

      They hate him with a white-hot passion and it’s going to be brutal, perhaps as brutal as the Cain campaign.

      Judging from a couple of appearances lately, Newt’s strategy appears to be that he is a different and wiser man than 15-20 years ago.

      He can’t really apologize for the old marital stuff without offending his current wife. He will be able to rebut some since his daughter has spoken up about the death-bed hospital lie.

      But they will certainly invent many new charges, so it will be interesting to see if he tries to rise above them or fight back. Fighting back is almost certainly what he will do, particularly after witnessing Cain’s so far successful counters.

      Newt’s basic problem will be that he has a LOT of enemies, and he has been around a LONG time, and as he admits, he has made his share of mistakes. Simply by the numbers, that provides a lot of opportunities for the smearists.

      My hunch is that Romney is pretty immune to marital smears, but you never know. I expect the smear campaign against him to be on religious grounds and on the grounds that he fired a lot of people, and I’m not sure either can work. On the surface, he appears to be reasonably well positioned on the smears.

  3. Consilience says:

    Hi jobeth, I’m with you. A Gingrich/Cain ticket would be pretty entertaining.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    Cain: “I regret calling Pelosi ‘princess’, I meant to call her a bitch!”

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