Skip to comments.Herman Cain gets tongue lashing from CBS for cigarette smoking in ad
Posted on 10/30/2011 10:01:19 AM PDT by mandaladon
Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain got a tongue lashing on Sunday from CBS Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer over a much-publicized Cain campaign ad showing Cains chief of staff, Mark Block, taking a drag from a cigarette.
In a rare editorial opinion during the interview, Schieffer accused the former Godfathers CEO of allowing his campaign to send a signal that its cool to smoke.
Let me just tell you, its not funny to me, Schieffer told Cain. I am a cancer survivor, like you. I had cancer thats smoking-related. I dont think its serves the country well and this an editorial opinion here to be showing someone smoking a cigarette. And youre the front runner now.
Schieffer added: And it seems to me as front runner you would have a responsibility of not to take that kind of a tone. I would suggest that perhaps as the front runner, you would want to raise the level of the campaign.
Cain responded that, We will do that Bob, and I do respect your objection to the ad. And probably about 30 percent of the feedback was very similar to yours. It was not intended to offend anyone and being a cancer survivor myself, I am sensitive to that sort of thing.
The online ad went viral last week on the Internet and on cable TV for being unorthodox. The ad shows Block taking a smoke from a cigarette after asking voters to get involved in the campaign.
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Brilliant Guerilla Marketing move on Cain’s part. He’s gotten MILLIONS of dollars of free advertising from that silly little ad all for the miniscule cost of producing the ad and placing it on the internet.
I bet the media would have really given FDR and Churchill heck too for their smoking habits. Oh yeah, Double down on that bet.. Schieffer , retire already, your last connection to reality was severed long ago.
Does not Dear Leader smoke a pac a day? Where’s the outrage, Bob?
Cain doesn’t smoke. Barry does, but you don’t hear any complains from the liberal media.
Also, polls show that about 30% of the population are zombies. So that makes sense.
What CBS et.al. are missing is that, smokers or not, the majority of us Great Unwashed are more offended by the painful, painstaking, Political Correctness that we are daily bombarded with, than we would ever be by the sight of a person smoking a cigarette....
The real outrage is rich 75 yr old Bob hogging that high paying job slot instead of retiring and letting a 99 percenter with 100 grand in student loans get a good paycheck.
Wouldn’t you LOVE to see somebody ask him that?
LOL. CUE the pictures of the arrogant litle Won smoking.
Old Sarge, spot on! I believe Republicans need to challenge the liberal media every chance they get. For instance Cain could have said something like, “There you go again Bob with your selective liberal indignation. You have never expressed outrage in the fact that our current president smokes. So shut the hell up!”
CBS is always licking or “lashing” somebody with their tongues. Usually, they lick the ‘RATS while “lashing” the Republicans. Go Herman and Mark! Brilliant move!
Well, Bob, if smoking is so bad, why isn't it outlawed?...Hint: tax revenue.
He just landed millions in tobacco money from the Carolinas and Virginia.
3 states Obama won in 2008 and states where tobacco is major income and jobs to thousands.
Oh, great. That’s gonna give me nightmares.
I’m starting to think Obama is the real target of Cain’s ‘smoking’ ad. Afaik, none of the GOP candidates are smokers. Obama is. Sooner or later this fact will be front and center. Cain won’t rush it. The timing will be right.