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Mitt Romney: Allegations against Cain must be “addressed seriously” (WATCH VIDEO)
Hotair ^ | 11/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 11/08/2011 1:21:28 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Was it wise for Mitt Romney to offer any opinion on Herman Cain’s campaign crisis? Romney tells George Stephanopoulos in an interview today that he finds the allegations “serious” and particularly disturbing,” although Romney declines to answer whether they are disqualifying if true. All he says in that regard is that Cain has to address the allegations directly:

Mitt Romney today for the first time characterized sexual harassment allegations facing fellow GOP candidate Herman Cain as “particularly disturbing.”

“These are serious allegations, George,” said Romney in an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired on ABC News and Yahoo. ”And they’re going to have to be addressed seriously. I don’t have any counsel for Herman Cain or for his campaign, they have to take their own counsel on this.”

“Any time there is an accuser that comes forward with charges of this nature you recognize this is a very serious matter and it should be taken seriously,” said Romney.

There is a strategic concept that argues against getting in the way of an opponent’s collapse, and for good reason. Let’s say Cain’s campaign survives these allegations and goes on to contend in Iowa. Will Romney’s commentary help him convince Republican voters to peel away from Cain? Almost certainly not; he’ll be seen as opportunist, and his comments an unnecessary shot while Cain was trying to defend himself. If the allegations end up sinking Cain, it won’t be because Romney spoke out, either, and it makes Romney less likely to convince former Cain supporters to support Romney instead. Granted, that’s not a terribly likely outcome, but that’s what Romney is supposedly campaigning to achieve, right?

Sometimes the best move one can make is to stay out of an argument, especially when one has no direct connection to the issue involved. All Romney needed to say here was, “I’m concentrating on my own campaign, and you should direct those questions to Mr. Cain.” Or to paraphrase one elder statesman a few years back, Romney missed a good opportunity to shut up.


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1 posted on 11/08/2011 1:21:37 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Gingrich is doing the same. I get the impression they both think Cain is slipping all these punches and they need to capitalize on the moment while it lasts.


2 posted on 11/08/2011 1:23:57 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: SeekAndFind

Herman Cain supported Romney in 2008.

Now Romney throws Herman Cain under the bus.

I will not vote for Romney if he is on the GOP ticket.

Romney would sell out his Mother if he thought it would put the title President of the United States of America in front of his name.

This is another reason I hate Politicians!


3 posted on 11/08/2011 1:23:57 PM PST by not2worry
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To: SeekAndFind

As soon as you address being a Liberal, Mitt....


4 posted on 11/08/2011 1:24:42 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Say, I’ve been out of town...what do FReepers think of this Mitt Romney fellow, anyway?


5 posted on 11/08/2011 1:27:02 PM PST by jessduntno ("They say the world has become too complex for simple answers... they are wrong." - RR)
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To: USNBandit

It would be a rarity to see at least one candidate say this : “Herman Cain is innocent until proven guilty and until he is shown to be guilty beyond reasonable doubt, I will deem him to be innocent”.

Somehow, I don’t see any candidate on the GOP front who is that magnanimous.

Wait till THEY get accused falsely of sexual harassment, we’ll see how they react.


6 posted on 11/08/2011 1:27:33 PM PST by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: not2worry

Interesting how all these GOP Establishment Politicians are pushing Herman not only to the back of the bus but are now throwing him under it!

One reason I support Herman Cain. He’s not a “what’s in it for me” Politician.

Right now I am so fighting mad I wouldn’t vote for anyone but Herman Cain!


7 posted on 11/08/2011 1:27:56 PM PST by not2worry
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To: jessduntno

You’re joking right?


8 posted on 11/08/2011 1:28:08 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: jessduntno

I’ve got one nerve left this afternoon - but you’re not going to get it!

LOL


9 posted on 11/08/2011 1:28:47 PM PST by not2worry
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To: SeekAndFind
I believe Cain will address this issue directly in his press conference today, convincingly denying these sordid allegations. He will explain himself and let us know a lot more about this woman. She has a checkered history and a huge credibility problem.

Once he does that he needs to simply move on, and get back to his campaign...ignoring the hullabalou. The left is going to keep parading such individuals out...as many as they can find who will do so. Any new ones that have an actual accuser with a specific story come along...handle them the same and then move on.

As long as he does this, and there is nothing but this taudy he said she said allegations with nothing substanative, most people will stay with him because they know a hatchet job when they see one.


STAND WITH HERMAN CAIN AGAINST THE SMEAR CAMPAIGNS BEING WAGED AGAINST HIM

10 posted on 11/08/2011 1:29:00 PM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes Myth and so will the plot behind this. The guilty will be punished.


11 posted on 11/08/2011 1:29:17 PM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: DarthVader

Well this was the straw the broke the camel’s back. Mitt will never get my vote.


12 posted on 11/08/2011 1:32:20 PM PST by exist
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To: not2worry
I will not vote for Romney if he is on the GOP ticket.

I'll take it one step further.

If Myth is the GOP nominee, I will vote for Ubama.

A President Ubama would be gridlocked by a Republican Congress.

A President Romney would have a green light to implement all his socialist wet dreams.

Plus, on Day One of Ubama's second term we could commence with the investigations and special prosecutors of Ubama's chicanery.

13 posted on 11/08/2011 1:32:25 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The enemy of my enemy is my candidate.<sup>®</sup>)
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To: SeekAndFind

So Mitt, the Conservative, is using the old liberal smear lines.

“It’s the seriousness of these allegations that lends me to believe we need an investigation”.


14 posted on 11/08/2011 1:33:39 PM PST by DBrow
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To: SeekAndFind

That is what I have been thinking. Let’s say, this all leads to Cain’s downfall, and Romney (God fordbid) winds up with the nomination. What is he going to do when the 0bama machine comes up with some baseless accusations in the last three weeks before the election, and keep people on all the MSM, all over the country, fanning the flames for weeks?


15 posted on 11/08/2011 1:33:56 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: not2worry

Hello ‘not2worry,’

“Herman Cain supported Romney in 2008.

Now Romney throws Herman Cain under the bus.

I will not vote for Romney if he is on the GOP ticket.

Romney would sell out his Mother if he thought it would put the title President of the United States of America in front of his name.

This is another reason I hate Politicians!”

Worth repeating! Very well said.

Cain has our votes!


16 posted on 11/08/2011 1:35:01 PM PST by Tomato lover (Jesus is the way, the truth and the light)
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To: exist

So you would have voted for mitty before this?


17 posted on 11/08/2011 1:36:41 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: DarthVader
The guilty will be punished.

They rarely are....

18 posted on 11/08/2011 1:36:54 PM PST by Riodacat (And when all is said and done, there'll be a hell of a lot more said than done......)
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To: not2worry

“particularly disturbing.”

I find it particularly disburbing knowing that while better men than McRomney were fighting and dying in Vietnam, McRomney was calling himself a “minister” and knocking on people’s doors overseas trying to recruit new members to the Morman Church.

I also find it particularly disturbing knowing he supported homosexual marriage in Mass. I also find it particularly distburbing when he tried to convince the voters of Mass that he was for a woman’s right to murder her own unborn children and ran to the left of Ted Kennedy. I also find it particularly disturbing when he put the state of Mass on a mandatory socialized medicine program, which is the model for ObamaCare. I also find it particularly disturbing when he tried take away citizen’s guns in Mass and campaigned as an anti-gun liberal.

As a matter of fact I find everthing this old leftist has ever done in politics as particularly distburbing.

For the good of American please resign from the presidential race. You have tried for years to destroy the republican party with your brand of New England Elitist RINO politics. You nauseate all conseratives.


19 posted on 11/08/2011 1:37:56 PM PST by Luther1917
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To: SeekAndFind

Perry Operative Chris Wilson Accuses Cain Of Sexual Harassment…To Politico, Of Course
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2804047/posts


20 posted on 11/08/2011 1:37:56 PM PST by truthfreedom
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To: not2worry

Cain supported Romney, when it was between Romney and McCain.

Before that he supported Huckabee and gave $2300 to his campaign in 1/2008 (opensecrets.org)


21 posted on 11/08/2011 1:38:07 PM PST by justsaynomore (Pray for Herman Cain)
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To: bobby.223
So you would have voted for mitty before this?

Before this, if it was Mitt vs. Obama, I would've voted for Mitt. Now, I'll go ahead and throw my vote away on a 3rd party.

22 posted on 11/08/2011 1:38:38 PM PST by exist
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To: SeekAndFind

People in glass houses better be squeaky clean, and not play with rocks. Mitt has been around too long for that, and we know Newt isn’t always faithful. The liberal media doesn’t care which Republican they destroy, or how they go about doing it.


23 posted on 11/08/2011 1:38:54 PM PST by pallis
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To: Riodacat

Times are a changing!


24 posted on 11/08/2011 1:40:02 PM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Romney missed a good opportunity to shut up.

It's ALWAYS a good time for Myth Romney to shut up.

25 posted on 11/08/2011 1:40:06 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Barack suffers from ADD -- "Additional Deficit Disorder".)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
If Myth is the GOP nominee, I will vote for Ubama.

I'm considering not casting a vote if mittens is the nominee but I would NEVER vote for the pos marxist obama!

26 posted on 11/08/2011 1:40:15 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: SeekAndFind

OK, Flip.

Maybe then we can expect you to address your “church” relegating blacks to the back pew prior to 1978.

Maybe, in the same press conference, we can expect for you to summarily refute Brigham Young’s claim that “You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind....Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin.”

Maybe then, Flip you might summarily refute Brigham Young’s contention that “Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned,”

You go for it there, Flip.


27 posted on 11/08/2011 1:40:48 PM PST by nesnah
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To: not2worry

yeah Cain supported Romney when it was a choice between McCain and Romney while Newt supported McCain and Perry supported Gullianni.


28 posted on 11/08/2011 1:41:33 PM PST 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: SeekAndFind

No different than Cain jumping on Perry over the “niggerhead” rock non-story.


29 posted on 11/08/2011 1:41:42 PM PST 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: SeekAndFind

I am thinking that Gingrich probably has the most skeletons in his closet. A guy that “hot-switches” wives as he has will probably have some ticked of female companions waiting in the wings.


30 posted on 11/08/2011 1:44:52 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: SeekAndFind
It would be a rarity to see at least one candidate say this : “Herman Cain is innocent until proven guilty and until he is shown to be guilty beyond reasonable doubt, I will deem him to be innocent”.

"Beyond reasonable doubt" is the standard for a criminal conviction. This is more like an employer (us) deciding whether or not to hire someone for the most important job in thier company. It comes down to a gut decision that people will have to decide for themselves.

31 posted on 11/08/2011 1:46:45 PM PST 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: Las Vegas Ron
I'm considering not casting a vote if mittens is the nominee but I would NEVER vote for the pos marxist obama!

A gridlocked Ubama would be better than a Romney with a green light.

It's a simple fact.

32 posted on 11/08/2011 1:48:46 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The enemy of my enemy is my candidate.<sup>®</sup>)
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To: SeekAndFind
Allegations answered?

anonymous charges?

And now the charges of Sharon Bialek? Have you listened to her and Gloria ALL RED?

What credibility?

33 posted on 11/08/2011 1:48:50 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: SeekAndFind

I haven’t yet decided to support Cain, but if Cain were that Amish guy that takes people’s wives and locks their husbands in a shed, I would vote for him before Romney.


34 posted on 11/08/2011 1:53:11 PM PST by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind

Does that mean he shouldn’t smile and giggle the whole time he is calling the accuser a gold brick’n liar?


35 posted on 11/08/2011 1:53:17 PM PST by Leep
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To: SeekAndFind
Interesting that the first two "women" have disappeared from the story and likely will never be heard of again. Their work is done, they have been paid off, and have left the scene of the crime.

This Bialek story is so full of holes it is about to fall apart in front of the media's very eyes.

The other "named" woman has not even made allegations that I have been able to find, and the last one was a story about Cain going to dinner with three women, two of whom invited themselves, and where nothing happened. So much for "serious charges." Mitt is a twit.

36 posted on 11/08/2011 1:53:34 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Tell Mitt to define the word “Is”, first.


37 posted on 11/08/2011 1:54:35 PM PST by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: not2worry
Cain is likely done.

He won't be able to recover from these allegations.

Ya see, the damage done is not about whether the allegations are credible, but the damage caused by the allegations themselves. The seed has been planted, and will grow.

38 posted on 11/08/2011 1:56:56 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: justsaynomore
Cain supported Romney, when it was between Romney and McCain

Interesting. I detest them both but turncoat McCain threw the election, where Romney just might have pulled it out. What I'm saying, lesser of two evils-wise, is that supporting Romney over McCain one on one may have been a good position to take.

39 posted on 11/08/2011 1:59:11 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Tomato lover

Mr.Plastic hair hat you are predictable


40 posted on 11/08/2011 1:59:18 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Hugin

Interesting that with all these “women” screeching about Cain, and how evil he is, not one ever took him to court. Wonder what that means.


41 posted on 11/08/2011 2:02:21 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: not2worry

The GOP establishment is behind all of this. Last week’s allegations were simply to try to force Cain out or deflate his support. That failed so now they have kicked their campaign up a gear.


42 posted on 11/08/2011 2:03:47 PM PST by rex sheppard
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To: SeekAndFind

I think your sentence “...innocent until proven guilty...” combined with what Mitt said would have been better. These ARE serious charges, and Cain can’t just shrug or laugh them off. And I haven’t seen the press conference - but it sounds like he IS taking them seriously and confronting the liars head-on.


43 posted on 11/08/2011 2:06:06 PM PST by 21twelve ("We can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust....and another lost generation.")
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To: Riodacat
>>The guilty will be punished.

>They rarely are....

They always are; just not not on our timing, but God's timing. Our struggle is to accept that sometimes.

44 posted on 11/08/2011 2:07:08 PM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: hinckley buzzard

Two settled out of court, which is pretty normal. I put no credence in Gloria All-Red’s latest shill.


45 posted on 11/08/2011 2:07:19 PM PST 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: SeekAndFind

cain


46 posted on 11/08/2011 2:09:35 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: Hugin

Romney uses democratic talking points to criticize fellow Republican presidential candidates.

What a fraud this Socialist Romney is!!!


47 posted on 11/08/2011 2:11:33 PM PST by o2bfree
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To: hinckley buzzard
Interesting that the first two "women" have disappeared from the story and likely will never be heard of again. Their work is done, they have been paid off, and have left the scene of the crime.

What, they knew 14 years ago that Cain would run in 2012, so they filed phony charges and settled for $35K and $45K respectively, just to derail him? I don't know if there was anything to their original claims, but it happened, the media reported it, and Cain handled it badly. There's no eveidence that they were responsible for breaking the story. I don't blame them for not wanting to have their lives destroyed by going public.

The women who are coming forward now, having never said anything at the time are a different story.

48 posted on 11/08/2011 2:17:38 PM PST 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: Hugin
"Beyond reasonable doubt" is the standard for a criminal conviction. This is more like an employer (us) deciding whether or not to hire someone for the most important job in thier company. It comes down to a gut decision that people will have to decide for themselves.

So please explain to me how parading an endless stream of feminazis, who will say anything to be seen as the victim, is a deal killer for the job? If that’s the case, then slander and libel can be thrown out of the books along with immigration laws, separation of powers, and the free exercise of religion.

If Herman Cain really had an aggressive sexual predatory problem, it would have come out during his past political campaigns. It is more likely a case of severely sensitive feminazis who view all men as sexual predators and are jealous that they are not preying on them. That’s my position, and I stand by it. It is no less credible than the factless innuendos that have been provided by the media or the sensationalized publicity stunts by Democrat hack lawyers.

49 posted on 11/08/2011 2:23:01 PM PST by Conservative_Rob
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To: goseminoles

“You’re joking right?”

I get that a lot...


50 posted on 11/08/2011 2:28:17 PM PST by jessduntno ("They say the world has become too complex for simple answers... they are wrong." - RR)
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