Herman Cain Responds to Allegations of Sexual Harrassment

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain delivers remarks at The National Press Club October 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

On Monday, Politico reported that Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two female employees while he was head of the National Restaurant Association. The women left their jobs after reaching settlements with the industry group. Cain vehemently denied the accusations later in the day at the National Press Club in Washington, but went on to make contradictory statements about the incidents on Fox News.   

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich attended Cain's appearance at the National Press Club on Monday, and reports on the latest scuttlebutt from Capitol Hill. Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, CEO of Christie Strategies, and former special assistant to President George W. Bush, contends that the accusations amount to a "high tech lynching," echoing words Clarence Thomas used to defend himself from sexual harassment charges during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Guests:

Ron Christie and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione

Comments [7]

Nilda

I was a victim of harassment 29 years ago by an Arab, one of the owners of the company I used to work. I was dressed in a suit. I was asked to picked him up at the hospital and take him to his hotel. At my arrival, immediately, he asked for the origin of my accent. He said that he never had met a woman from my country, but he had heard that they were very passionate. He asked me if I was very passionate. I was in shock, I answered that I was married as a virgin and everything I knew was taught by my husband. We were a happily married couple with three daughters. I excuse myself and told him that I was going to move my car from the garage to the front door. From the hospital to the hotel he kept complaining about my Mazda small car and the motor’s noise and that the motor was not soft changing gears. That I deserved a much better car and he would like to give me a new car of my choice. I told him that my car was fine; I only needed it to run faster that waking, since I never did like to drive. He kept insisting. I did not answer. At the hotel he asked me to help him going to his room and have a drink. I called a butler to help him. I finally answered him “Learn to love and take care of your wife”. Two days after I lost my job. I have forgotten my story until Cain’s story came out.
I have no doubt that Cain sexually harassed those women, especially when there are two men willing to be the witness, because one time Cain’s abusive behavior was done in front of others. Many wealthy man think that most woman have a price. Many men would “excuse” that ‘weakness” in another men, because they would do the same if they can get away with it, but MORE MEN have moral standards as dètente.
Cain’s sexual harassment is worse by denying it, because the settlements paid and the witness of Chris Wilson and Steve Deace who repudiated Cain’s act, are powerful. If Cain should immediately have shown remorse for wrong doing and would have given sincerely an apology, many would have forgiven.” I forgave the man who sexually harassed me, because at the end I gave him a lesson in dignity. Many humans have no price. If Cain keeps denying the facts, he is not repented. It will happen again, hopefully not as the US President. LADIES, PUNCH WITH YOUR VOTE!

Nov. 10 2011 10:26 AM
david maurand from essex mass.

why would this sink cain? gennifer flowers and someone named paula had similar complaints about then-candidate Bill Clinton.

Nov. 02 2011 12:11 AM
listener

While the news media engages in besmirching this man's character why is there widespread media silence on the several criminal assaults taking place at the Occupy protests around the nation?

Nov. 01 2011 12:42 PM
Sara from NYC

Here is just one example of why The Take-Away often makes me go away.

The guest here breezily equates Cain's sexual harassment of women to Clinton's extra-marital liaison with Lewinsky, without the law or the facts on his side, and without so much as a raised brow (so to speak) from the host.

The media cannot serve their purpose in our democracy - and is unworthy of their unique constitutional protections - if they are uninformed, uncritical, or afraid.

Nov. 01 2011 09:32 AM
Amber from Manhatan

Please stop comparing Clinton to Cain. Sexual harassment is completely different from a consensual affair!

Nov. 01 2011 09:16 AM
david maurand from essex mass.

why would this sink cain? gennifer flowers and someone named paula had similar complaints about then-candidate Bill Clinton.

Nov. 01 2011 09:12 AM
Robin Hardman from Queens

Todd Zwillich makes it sound like Clinton's behavior was worse than Cain's alleged behavior because Clinton had actual affairs. Outrageous! There is no comparison between consensual relationships and sexual harassment.

Nov. 01 2011 07:12 AM

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