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    Herman Cain News Conference (Update – complete denial)

    Herman Cain News Conference (Update – complete denial)

    Summary of press conference.  Complete denial.  Doesn’t even remember Bialek.  As to other named accuser, Karen Kraushaar, repeats that only accusation he remembers is about gesturing the height of his wife.  Took plenty of questions from reporters from major networks.


    Starts with lawyer Lin Wood, who represented Richard Jewell (wrongly accused in Atlanta Olympics bombing) and Jon Benet Ramsey’s parents for Cain saying that he has represented victims of sexual harassment or assault and serious cases do not settle for nuisancee value.  Says Cain falsely accused.  As to Bialek, says convenient that came forward when too late to obtain records, witnesses and other evidence.

    Cain says:  Starts “I am Herman Cain and I am running for President of the United States of America.”  Then says that he has notes to make sure he didn’t miss any points.

    Saw Allred and client yesterday in news conference for very first time.  As sat in hotel room with staff members, first reaction was “I don’t even know who this woman is.”  Didn’t recognize name.  As to time period in question, he was CEO with 150 in D.C. plus 150 in Chicago.  Tried to remember if recognized her, and didn’t.  Didn’t remember name.  Charges are “I absolutely reject.  They simply didn’t happen.”

    “As far as accustions causing me to back off … ain’t gonna happen because I’m doing this for the American people.”  “I will not be deterred by false, anonymous, inaccurate accusations.”

    “The Democrat machine in America has brought forth a troubled woman to make accusations.” “After press conference, I have known you for 46 years… that doesn’t even sound like anything you would ever do to anyone.”

    Says takes sexual harassment seriously, and treats women who work for him with respect.

    Asks media to leave his family out of it.  Says stalking his family and extended family.

    “I will repeat, I have never acted inappropriately with anyone, period.  These accusations that were revealed yesterday simply did not happen.”

    Takes questions:

    Is he willing to take lie detector test? Yes, but only if have good reason to do it.  (Not sure what that means)

    Given drop in polls, how to convince non-supporters to vote for you?  Natural that some voters turned off.  Only needs 51%.

    L.A. Times reporter, do you believe sexual harassment is real? Says it’s a very serious charge, takes seriously and always has.

    Jonathan Karl ABC – asks about formerly anonymous accuser (Karen Kraushaar) who became public today, recalls her and that she filed a complaint found to be baseless.  No legal settlement, an agreement between her and NRA and treated as a personnel matter.  When she made her accusations found to be baseless, could not find anyone to corroborate story.  Gets into distinction between agreement and settlement.

    Wall Street Journal — how to explain how 4 women now accuse him?  Some people don’t want him to get nomination or become President.  I can’t answer what their motivation is other than to stop him.

    Local Fox station — re Romney saying accusation disturbing.  Says sexual harassment accusations are disturbing but false.  Didn’t interpret Romney as saying they were true accusations.

    Lee Ross Fox News — who is the Democratic machine, who involved?  Can’t say a conspiracy, can only look at coincidences.  Can’t point fingers at anybody at this point.

    NBC News — what role do Bialek’s past financial troubles play?  I can’t respond, she denies it.  But from common sense standpoint seems would be relevant.

    Why was accuser paid tens of thousands of dollars?  Not sure amount, she got an attorney, NRA probably had outside counsel, not sure.  Ended with separation agreement.

    CBS News/National Journal — Is it possible it’s been too many years and you will recall more details later?  Not expert on how brain operates.  Possible but unlikely.  Has watched Bialek yesterday and today, didn’t recognize name, face or voice.  Pretty good at remembering people he has met.

    NY Times — What did Karen Kraushaar accuse him of and what really happened.  “I can only recall one thing that I was aware of that was called sexual harassment.”  “One day in my office I was standing next to her and gestured” about being same height as wife.  “That was the one gesture that I remember.”  Other things in accusations I’m not aware of or don’t remember.  “She did not react at the time.”

    Via The Right Scoop, live feed (Click on small play button on lower left to stay on page, click on large play button in center to open in new window)

    Ended live stream.  Will post video when available.


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    Kerrvillian | November 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Ultimately it doesn’t matter how this all turns out.

    Whether due to his own actions or to enemy action Cain has been knocked out of the race through allegation, innuendo and the intimation of scandal.

    He’s done. There is no recovery here. He has been torpedoed and is sinking. Time to man the life boats, this ship is going down.

    Perry was done in by his own lack of action and his mouth.

    The final, somewhat serious NotRomney, Gingrich, is tainted meat. He has ticked off conservatives by playing “Listen to what I say, not what I do.” He has his own political scandals in the past.

    Thus the field resolves into what it was intended to be even before the first primary. Romney in the distant lead.

    And it is the worst possible choice for the nation.

      theduchessofkitty in reply to Kerrvillian. | November 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Then Obama has already won. Forget it, hand him the Presidency in a silver platter. It’s going to be His Coronation, anyway.


        Estragon in reply to theduchessofkitty. | November 9, 2011 at 4:33 am

        You believe we would have a better chance with a flawed candidate whose foibles could be so easily exploited?

        Hie thee to a nunnery, lest the slings and arrows of the world wound thee.

        Kerrvillian in reply to theduchessofkitty. | November 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

        I’m not handing it to Obama. The Republican leadership is.

        Conservatives aren’t going to get a voice in choosing a candidate. We are just expected to vote like sheep for whatever RINO trash they select.

        That’s how we lost in 2008. It’s going to work for Obama again this time around.

        Fight where you can win. Marshall your resources. Don’t waste time/money in fighting a battle that was lost from the start.

      Estragon in reply to Kerrvillian. | November 9, 2011 at 4:31 am

      No, he is out due to his dishonesty. He tried to minimize, to limit the damage.

      The actual allegations as we know them are rather mild – this Bielak lady is the worst by far, and her credibility is fairly questioned. The rest seem like perhaps inappropriate flirtation, not a disqualifying fault for most voters, I expect.

      But as the Watergate wisdom holds, it isn’t the deeds that do you in, it’s trying to cover them. That’s Cain’s fatal weakness as a candidate.

        JEBurke in reply to Estragon. | November 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        The thing is, prior to a few weeks ago when he inherited the NotRomney vote due to Perry being sized up as more snook than savior, Cain was on a lark. His was not a serious campaign but a book tour by a salesman clever enough to see that being a candidate took little more than a declaration and a plane ticket. I suspect no one was more surprised than Herman that he was suddenly pulling 25 percent in the polls.

        Of course, this explains why has has a blockhead like Block as his “chief of staff.” And why Cain never took routine steps to innoculate himself against these media exposes (the time-tested way is to leak the story yourself early on to a credible but second- or third-tier news organization so it becomes old news). Now, everything matters but ol’ Herman is not up to the challenges.

    barbara | November 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    “Is he willing to take lie detector test?”

    Will they ask the same question of his accusers?

    retire05 | November 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    How badly is Team Cain handling this whole scandal?

    This badly:

    Mark Block tells Hannity that Team Cain has confirmed that Kraushaar’s son works for Politico:

    Josh Kraushaar tweets he no longer works at politico and that he is NOT her son.

    Will try to get a link to his Twitter account.

    Mark Block should be fired, ten days ago.

    Juba Doobai! | November 9, 2011 at 12:16 am

    After reading some of the posts here, I now know why the GOP is called the Stupid Party. It has too many people who, at the first sign of a LSM take-down, turn their guns on their own. The point of Jacobson’s post is FACTS matter. If there are no facts, you can’t hang a man based on public opinion. I guess that’s too hard for many people to understand.

    am4constitution | November 9, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Interesting comments from a ex-co-worker of Bialek

    “veteran journalist and CBS anchor Bill Kurtis on WLS saying that Herman Cain’s accuser, Sharon Bialek, is a former CBS employee with a “track record.” Given her checkered past, a chuckling Kurtis posited that Bialek‘s and Cain’s roles in the alleged car-incident could even have been reversed.”

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