Tuesday morning HLN's Robin Meade held GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain accountable for not addressing recent allegations of sexual harassment. While Cain took the opportunity to try to clear the air on the issue, viewers posted comments on HLN's Facebook page, reacting in real time to what he was saying.
"I think that this scandal looks bad, but if Cain plays his cards right, damage control doesn't have to be a difficult job. The American public has gotten over worse," Mark Guzman posted on the Facebook page.
"We aren't gonna get a squeaky clean president no matter who he is, so we need to stop nit pickin' their personal lives," Christina Eve Watson posted. "Everybody has skeletons in their closet. I don't care if he's a member of the 'I did not have relations with that woman' club. I care how he stands on my right to have a gun, immigration control, abortion, puttin' the pledge and prayer back in schools, taxes and other issues."
Cain's supporters also joined the online conversation. "Herman Cain for president 2012! I know he is not a career politician. He has been in our shoes, working in the real world, operating a business," Terry Morland-Schoeppe wrote. "He wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He made his American dream!"
During the interview, Cain said he initially had trouble recalling an incident that happened 12 years ago. "After 12 hours during the day, I was able to gradually recall more and more details about what happened 12 years ago," he said. "I wasn't given the opportunity to think about it for the day before starting to answer questions."
However, many did not believe Cain's explanations. "He is a master manipulator of words," Michael Walter wrote. "He gives just enough truth to pass off the rest of his lies, he knows what happened, but he doesn't want the truth to get out. A settlement and agreement are the same thing."
The interview ended before Robin Meade could finish getting to know the candidate on a more personal level. A fire alarm went off in the building, and he had to evacuate the studio with everyone else. Many people thought the exit was a convenient excuse, but with live television, you can't plan for everything.
"Check Drudge," Akiniti Jones joked on Twitter. "Maybe there's a pic of Cain's campaign manager pulling the alarm? While chain smoking?"