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Cain: I Was Prepared For Attacks But Not The Sexual Harassment Scandal

Reported by Ellen - November 1, 2011 -

Herman Cain was on Fox News again tonight, this time on The O’Reilly Factor. If you don’t count the part where Bill O’Reilly tried to give Cain advice, I’d say he did a fairly decent job of asking questions without pussyfooting around. Still, Cain managed to leave questions about his handling of the sexual harassment scandal high up in the air as he first insisted to Bill O’Reilly that he expected “accusations” and then said he “didn’t know what type or source.” I don’t know about you but if I had been accused of sexual harassment twice, I’d tend to think that that was the kind of dirt that might be dug up on me. Especially since Cain admitted Politico had come to him 10 days previously and advised him of the story they were working on.

BOR: Did you expect accusations against you once you became competitive in the race?

HC: Yes, we did. We did expect them. We just didn’t know what type or what source they were going to come from. But it was expected.

But later, he told O’Reilly, “Even though I hadn’t 24 hours to process exactly what I was gonna say, or I hadn’t had 24 hours to try and recollect some of the details, I wanted to go out front with it… By the end of the day I had recalled more details.”

BOR: By that answer, I can assume that you weren’t prepared for this kind of a situation to surface because if you had been prepared you would have had your people research exactly what happened… You were blindsided.

HC: Not totally blindsided. (Cain explained that he had been notified by Politico of the story). …But we made a conscious decision not to go chasing two anonymous sources and not knowing what the rest of the story was gonna be.

But the sources were not anonymous. The night before, Cain told Greta Van Susteren he knew the women’s identities. And how could Cain not know “what the rest of the story was gonna be” unless there’s even more to it?

O’Reilly questioned why Cain hadn’t gone over the situation with his rapid response team once he knew the Politico story was in the works.

Cain didn’t have a good answer, other than to say, “You’re right… When questions got asked, some of them I didn’t anticipate… “

Cain did smack down the “liberal high-tech lynching” Clarence Thomas comparisons that Fox has so eagerly promoted. He said, “I’m running for president of the United States and Bill, I believe that I have people on both sides of the aisle who really do not want me to get the nomination."

O’Reilly was going to press the issue and then dropped it. Then they moved on to foreign policy (see my next post).

It's still not clear what Cain's story is. The only that is certain is that has completely botched his response. His failure to give a clear, coherent explanation only makes him look bad on more levels.

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