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Cain to HLN's Robin Meade: It's a smear campaign

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  • Herman Cain talks with HLN Morning Express host Robin Meade
  • GOP presidential candidate refutes harassment claims
  • Says he finds timing of harassment allegations curious

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is trying to set the record straight…all over again. Cain talked to Morning Express host Robin Meade about two sexual harassment claims filed against him more than a decade ago. Meade asked about what appeared to be inconsistent statements he’s made to the media regarding the accusations levied against him when he led the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

“I have never committed sexual harassment in my entire career, period. And it was found that nothing took place in terms of sexual harassment in this particular case,” Cain said.

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Since the website Politico broke the story, Cain has gone from dodging questions about the claims to saying he didn’t know of any settlements related to the complaints. He later said he did know of an “agreement” related to one of the cases. When asked why he seemed to acknowledge more about the cases as he made the media rounds yesterday, Cain said it was because talking about the complaints helped to refresh his memory.

“In 12 years a lot of stuff can go through your head. This wasn’t exactly something that I had top of mind where I was trying to recall every little detail that went on 12 years ago.”

Cain says the Politico report shows that his critics are resorting to smear tactics to slow down his campaign’s momentum. He also told Meade that most of his supporters haven’t been shaken by the report. In fact, he says, many people have stepped forward offering up testimonials on his character since the story broke.

“The hardest part on my wife, quite frankly, is all of the innuendos from all of the news reports that haven’t been presenting the facts.”

 

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