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Cain chief-of-staff walks back Perry accusations
The Hill ^ | 11/3/2011 01:34 PM ET | Justin Sink

Posted on 11/03/2011 11:04:33 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

Herman Cain's chief-of-staff Mark Block walked back accusations that Rick Perry's campaign was responsible for the leak of accusations of sexual harassment during the candidate's time as president of the National Restaurant Association, saying that he would "accept" the claim by a former staffer now affiliated with the Perry campaign that he was not the leak.

"Until we get all the facts, I'm just going to say that we accept what Mr. Anderson has said, and we want to move on with the campaign," Block said on Fox News.

Curt Anderson, the former Cain staffer, has flatly denied the accusations, saying earlier on Fox News that any reporters he had ever spoken to about the Cain were free to openly attribute those comments to him. In doing so, he opened up the door for Politico, who originally reported the story, to confirm him as the source. Politico has not done so, effectively eliminating Anderson as the source of the story.

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1 posted on 11/03/2011 11:04:36 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

Block may be a good strategist but he is AWFUL with media/public appearances.


2 posted on 11/03/2011 11:06:22 AM PDT by Def Conservative
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To: RoosterRedux

Good for them. Has the Perry camp addressed the behavior of their Pollster Chris Wilson and Perry’s Arizona State coordinator yet?


3 posted on 11/03/2011 11:06:41 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: RoosterRedux
I think both the Cain camp and the Perry camp might want to take a good close look at Wilson. He use to work for Rove. Seems this is a twofer for the GOP Establishment machine. They slime Cain and Perry get’s the blame.

If you take a look at how Rove managed the 2000 Bush campaign, this smear job has his finger prints all over it.

4 posted on 11/03/2011 11:08:49 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: RoosterRedux

Cain should put them all on notice that they are being watch closely.


5 posted on 11/03/2011 11:09:33 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: RoosterRedux

This is getting ridiculous in terms of Mr Block.

You’re supposed to know your facts before you blame.

Stupid stuff.


6 posted on 11/03/2011 11:09:56 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: RoosterRedux

I think this is a brilliant maneuver that is sure to pay dividends down the road.


7 posted on 11/03/2011 11:10:16 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Def Conservative

Cain and his underlings are not handling this thing well. But more importantly, Cain was not aware that China has nukes.(And don’t think the libs won’t use this in any future political campaign ads).

I would vote for Cain in heartbeat over Obama, but I’m becoming less and less impressed by the prospects of a President Cain.


8 posted on 11/03/2011 11:10:48 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: RoosterRedux
Walking back, now that is spin.. accepting the dirt bags statement is just that, accepting his statement is meaningless. Nothing more than saying he has a right to speak. Who are you going to believe me are your lying eyes.
9 posted on 11/03/2011 11:10:49 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Too late Block, you’ve been played. Trying to spit out the bait and hook now?


10 posted on 11/03/2011 11:11:17 AM PDT by CPO retired
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To: MNJohnnie

From all I’ve been reading and hearing today, there were likely multiple sources leaking Cain’s history. He doesn’t sound all that popular within the National Restaurant Association. Can anyone say opportunist?


11 posted on 11/03/2011 11:11:30 AM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: MNJohnnie
Good for them. Has the Perry camp addressed the behavior of their Pollster Chris Wilson and Perry’s Arizona State coordinator yet?

Seems I keep having to repeat this to your same post.

My response after research to an earlier thread

I don't "tweet" so I'm sorry not to get back to you sooner but I had to locate this "AZ State Coordinator" and THE "tweet" that you say was about this "smear."

Now, unless you know more than I do, this is your "evidence," [Oct 31 (Post #9) y af_vet_rr posted a photo of a tweet]

I went to see who she's (slmbolick) on a tweet with (victoria_29) and found an exchange between victoria_29 and "RB Jazzy" where Bolick was *pinged*

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victoria_29 @ @RBJazzy Hon Facts are NOT slime....Cain is slimy you're just too damn lazy to research or maybe just too RINO@PROUDofTEXAS @slmbolick

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victoria_29 goes on to exchange with RBJazzy Cain's flip-flops, pro-live and 2nd Amendment issues, along with his support of Pro-Choice Dems over GOP in Nebraska -- then let's RBJazzy know that talking about someone's record isn't an attack. This was a segment of exchanges in a longer list of tweets about an awful baseball game victoria_29 was watching and tweeting about.

Now I'm sure you'd like to make it that the AZ coordinator was talking about Cain's latest problems but it appears that only his previous "misstatements" and positions were being debated with the expectation more would come out when she tweeted: "This is the same thing I’m hearing in AZ! Wait until they actually do the oppo on @THEHermanCain. It’s not pretty."

Chris Wilson has stated he witnessed Cain's behavior along with many others but never shared this information with any clients.

12 posted on 11/03/2011 11:13:16 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: xzins
This is getting ridiculous in terms of Mr Block.

You’re supposed to know your facts before you blame.

Stupid stuff.

I agree. Blaming Perry based on thin circumstantial evidence was wrong and bad tactics as well.

Plus Block looked terrible when he was doing it.

Mr. Cain should get someone else to do those sorts of media appearances for the campaign.

13 posted on 11/03/2011 11:13:27 AM PDT by rogue yam
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Celebrate Jim's Birthday!

Click On The Balloons And Party!

14 posted on 11/03/2011 11:14:18 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: RoosterRedux
I'm not being defensive! You're the one who's being efensive!
Why is always the other person who's being defensive?
Have you ever asked yourself that?
Why don't you ask yourself that?

15 posted on 11/03/2011 11:14:23 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Signalman
In all fairness, I thought he was referring to the Chinese further development of a nuclear navy.
16 posted on 11/03/2011 11:16:00 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: RoosterRedux

Well then Cain needs to fire him, and I mean yesterday.

You don’t go off half-cocked with an allegation you can’t prove, especially when it could cause your party to implode.


17 posted on 11/03/2011 11:19:46 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RoosterRedux

But I wonder if any of the freepers who jumped on that particular bandwagon will also “walk back” their vile accusations? I’m not holding my breath. As I mentioned to someone in freepmail the other day, common decency on FR isn’t really all that common these days.


18 posted on 11/03/2011 11:19:52 AM PDT by MizSterious (Apparently, there's no honor when it comes to someone else's retirement funds.)
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To: RoosterRedux

This is what happens with amateurs running for president and their amateur staff.


19 posted on 11/03/2011 11:20:05 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: RoosterRedux

This just goes to show that Cain Is just not ready to become President. I believe that he is nothing more than a fad,


20 posted on 11/03/2011 11:21:05 AM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: MNJohnnie

Ah, I get it. It’s Rove, not the Cain campaign, behind the Perry accusation. Oh please.


21 posted on 11/03/2011 11:21:11 AM PDT by MizSterious (Apparently, there's no honor when it comes to someone else's retirement funds.)
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To: MNJohnnie
Has the Perry camp addressed the behavior of their Pollster Chris Wilson and Perry’s Arizona State coordinator yet?

I've been watching for that, but haven't spotted anything yet.

22 posted on 11/03/2011 11:21:44 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: shield

Yep, much better to be handled by a group of people who let a good speech get morphed into a drunken sideshow.


23 posted on 11/03/2011 11:21:57 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( The Prudential Governor... Have you bought your piece of the Rick)
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To: RoosterRedux

BS. Even if he publicly said that they could release his name doesn’t mean he didn’t leak it. Reporters may still want to protect their source because if they go this route then everyone starts saying “Release my name if I leaked”. The one not agreeing to that is then outed.

However, if he was the leak and wanted his name known he’d just say I did it. By saying I didn’t leak it then saying the politico can say if I did is a clue that he doesn’t want to be outed.


24 posted on 11/03/2011 11:23:21 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: RoosterRedux

Still say it was Romney. Obengruppenfuhrer Rahm Ernst might have prodded Perry’s camp with the info, but it sides up best viz Occam’s Razor with Romney and his deep, deep NRA connections.


25 posted on 11/03/2011 11:25:27 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (/)
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To: for-q-clinton

Do you have PROOF of your as yet unfounded allegation? Or do you just like to randomly smear candidates you don’t support?


26 posted on 11/03/2011 11:25:36 AM PDT by MizSterious (Apparently, there's no honor when it comes to someone else's retirement funds.)
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To: Signalman

That statement was about China’s aircraft carriers.


27 posted on 11/03/2011 11:26:06 AM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: MizSterious
common decency on FR isn’t really all that common these days.

You can say that again. This forum used to have intelligent conversation. Now if you aren't in lockstep with a given poster's candidate you are vilified. And candidates who are running against a given poster's favorite are smeared with the ugliest of character assassination. I find myself on here less and less these days. It's grown too contentious for me.

28 posted on 11/03/2011 11:26:10 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: RoosterRedux

LOL, I have a great marketing idea!

The Cain camp should develop their own version of the game “CLUE” and sell them to raise money.

Suspects Would be:
Mitt Romney
Rick Perry
Barack Obama
Rahm Emmanuel
Michele Bachmann
Ron Paul
Newt Gingrich
Hillary Clinton

Locations:
Alexandria, VA
Chicago, AK
Atlanta, GA
Oklahoma City, OK
Denver, CO
Austin, TX
New York, NY
Seattle, WA

Weapons:
Butcher Knife
Rope
Whip
Revolver
Lead Pipe
Wrench
Hammer
Gold Brick


29 posted on 11/03/2011 11:27:08 AM PDT by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Good for him. Being the adult in the room AGAIN. Doesn’t mean he didn’t do it, the truth will prevail. If Anderson and Wilson were involved, we’ll know soon enough.

Now it’s time for Perry, Bachmann and Santorum camp to man up and the “accept” Cain’s statement of innocence on the sexual harassment issue, stance on abortion and the MANY other issues they have misrepresented him on.


30 posted on 11/03/2011 11:30:17 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Pray for Herman Cain)
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To: rogue yam

I agree. After this mishandling, Block needs to be demoted and definitely not put in front of a live camera or mike.


31 posted on 11/03/2011 11:31:03 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: McLynnan

Last election, people actually talked about their candidates (pro or con) without all the name calling—except in the Smoky Backroom. This election, I’m hesitant to recommend FR to my friends. Just too much of a food fight, and not a lot of intelligent back and forth. I miss the FR that got to the bottom of Dan Rather’s “documents” and other finer moments.


32 posted on 11/03/2011 11:31:07 AM PDT by MizSterious (Apparently, there's no honor when it comes to someone else's retirement funds.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Everybody knows Rahm and the Obama mob machine did it and would love the GOP and tea party fighting; divided they conquer.

33 posted on 11/03/2011 11:31:57 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: rogue yam

Totally agree! Said this last night when I saw him on Fox. He’s not good.


34 posted on 11/03/2011 11:32:08 AM PDT by txmissy
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The Cain campaign is looking like amateur hour.


35 posted on 11/03/2011 11:32:14 AM PDT by teddyballgame1
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To: Signalman

If you had listned to what Mr. Cain actually said during his interview relative PRC nuclear weapons, he said they were developing nuclear capability, meaning expanding their nuclear delivery sytems and mix of nuclear weapons. And.....Cain has handled this rather well for an accused person whose accusers refuse to identify themselves and accuse him directly. Simple, Ms. accusers, give us your name, rank & serial number, and then you are free to blab. Methinks, you have been drinking the Kool-Aid of Barack Hussein Obama & Karl Rove!!! And....you have swallowed the tales of the mainstream media without question. Sad!!!


36 posted on 11/03/2011 11:34:09 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( ed)
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To: parksstp

You missed the actual culprit — Karl Rove.


37 posted on 11/03/2011 11:35:35 AM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: RoosterRedux
"Until we get all the facts, I'm just going to say that we accept what Mr. Anderson has said, and we want to move on with the campaign," Block said on Fox News.

Then less than a minute later he said they stand by Cain's remarks from yesterday. Megan Kelly pointed out that yesterday Cain accused Anderson by name, so do you stand by that or not? Block tried to dismiss his contradition with the Cain standby "We're moving on". Probably just wanted to get out of there and have a smoke.

38 posted on 11/03/2011 11:36:48 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
That's what I think. This has Alinsky, Rahm, and Obama written all over it.

Can't wait for the truth to emerge.

39 posted on 11/03/2011 11:41:47 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

Do you know what I think is really dishonorable? That neither the Perry nor the Romney campaigns came out against the vagueness of the Politico charges against Cain. It is this type of “gotcha” journalism that keeps decent people out of politics. And neither the Romney camp nor the Perry camp has spoken out against sullying reputations nor the feeding frenzy of this type of story. Why haven’t they said, let’s get beck to the issues? They seem culpable because of their lack of spine in this matter to me. They seem to be enjoying their “fellow” Republican get accused of vague charges. Perry and Romney seem to have forgotten that we are fighting a bigger fight than amongst each other.


40 posted on 11/03/2011 11:42:32 AM PDT by madinmadtown (Marx, the patron saint of blame, envy and destruction.)
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To: Thunder90

Nice try, but his words are pretty clear...

“They’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.”—Herman Cain

I’m starting to think Cain is woefully ignorant of anything outside of business.


41 posted on 11/03/2011 11:43:12 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: MizSterious

Yes I have proof. But I will use the same approach they are using against Cain. I’ve made the accusation now it’s up to Perry to prove me wrong and clear up the situation.


42 posted on 11/03/2011 11:43:38 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: RoosterRedux

Herman needs a new team!


43 posted on 11/03/2011 11:44:10 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: justsaynomore

Cain and his employees smeared someone without proof and HE’s THE ADULT IN THE ROOM? LOL


44 posted on 11/03/2011 11:44:17 AM PDT by Soul Seeker (I will work every day to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your lives as I can - Perry)
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To: MizSterious

I miss it too and I know from private mail that in some instances it is affecting contributions to FR. There isn’t any curiosity about fact finding here anymore. A lot of rumor and supposition is being posted as gospel truth. Yesterday many people raked Perry over the coals for outing Cain. Today Cain’s campaign has taken back their accusations, but so far those posters aren’t issuing apologies.


45 posted on 11/03/2011 11:45:14 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: RoosterRedux

They should walk it back IMHO. They jumped too quickly and based on Anderson’s response, lauding Cain and saying he had the utmost respect for him and would never do this...they should have called and talked to him first.

Someone did it...perhaps the Wilson fellow, or someone else. But, IMHO, the thing to focus on is conclusively showing there was nothing to it and then moving on and get back on message.


46 posted on 11/03/2011 11:46:23 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Thunder90; Signalman
That statement was about China’s aircraft carriers.

For the 1000th time.

47 posted on 11/03/2011 11:46:52 AM PDT by BagCamAddict (Order 15 Herman Cain Yard Signs for $130: https://store.hermancain.com/orderform.asp?pid=20)
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To: xzins
This is getting ridiculous in terms of Mr Block.

He comes across, to me, as a smug idiot, a small timer that is way out of his league. He is to chiefs of campaign staffs what Perry is to presidential debates.

48 posted on 11/03/2011 11:47:00 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Soul Seeker

Not without proof.


49 posted on 11/03/2011 11:49:50 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Pray for Herman Cain)
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To: McLynnan
I find myself on here less and less these days. It's grown too contentious for me.

It seems like the fundraising is taking longer and longer.

50 posted on 11/03/2011 11:50:54 AM PDT by wmfights (PERRY 2012)
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