Herman Cain verbatim: ‘I hope the settlement wasn’t for much, because I didn’t do anything’

Below is a quick transcript of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s remarks at the National Press Club in Washington this afternoon, addressing Politico.com accusations that he sexually harassed two female employees of the National Restaurant Association while he headed the organization:

Said Cain:

”I would be delighted to clear the air. No. 1, in all of my over 40 years of business experience, running businesses and corporations, I have never sexually harassed anyone. No. 2, while at the restaurant association, I was accused of sexual harassment. Falsely accused, I might add. I was falsely accused of sexual harassment, and when the charges were brought, as the leader of the organization I recused myself, allowed my general counsel and my human resource officer to deal with the situation.

“And it was concluded after a thorough investigation – that it had no basis. As far as a settlement, I am unaware of any kind of settlement. I hope it wasn’t for much, because I didn’t do anything. But the fact of the matter is, I’m not aware of a settlement that came out of that accusation.

“Per the article: Two anonymous sources claiming sexual harassment — we’re not going to chase anonymous sources when there’s no basis for the accuasiton. I would draw your attention to the three people mentioned near the end of the article that were at the restaurant association as past chairman, chairman and incoming chairman of the board, who would have known about this if had turned out to be, in fact, a charge with some validity.

“As a result, I have never sexually harassed anyone, and those accusations are totally false.”

Cain was asked by the moderator if he had asked the National Restaurant Association to release records that would back up his statements. Said Cain:

”No. There’s nothing to shoot down. Secondly, the policy of the restaurant association is to not divulge that information – unless they have changed the policy. As far as we’re concerned, enough said about the issue. There’s nothing else there to dig up.”

The moderator then asked Cain if he thought one of his rivals had pointed reporters to the story. Said Cain:

”I told you this bull’s eye on my back has gotten bigger. I have no idea – we have no idea of the source of this witch hunt, which is really what it is. We have no idea.”

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One problem with Cain’s pushback has already surfaced. The accusations weren’t, as Cain said, completely anonymous. Before his candidate spoke, campaign manager Mark Block, in a scrum with reporters, conceded that the Cain campaign had been given the name of one of the women days ago by Politico.com, which broke the story.

“I think they did pass a name along, that correct,” he said in a video posted by Talking Points Memo.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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47 comments Add your comment

thomas mc

October 31st, 2011
2:05 pm

I did not have sex with that woman. Er, women. Who’s names are protected by legally binding clauses in out-of-court settlement agreements. Besides, it all depends on what your definition of “is” is.

Bootnewt

October 31st, 2011
2:14 pm

All he said to her was, “I’d like to put a pizza in your oven.”

Jim S.

October 31st, 2011
2:26 pm

It is unlikely that the story will just go away. In fairness, false accusations can be made against individuals very easily and the settlement of a case, particulary for a small amount of money, does not indicate that there is validity to these charges. I heard something about a ‘five figure’ settlement, which might lend credence to the idea that the case(s) was not overwhelmingly strong. While I don’t think that 9-9-9 is the right tax plan, I don’t want the guy to go down without more substantiated information on these accusations.

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

October 31st, 2011
2:30 pm

Mark

October 31st, 2011
2:34 pm

Keep the information coming Jim!

Mark

October 31st, 2011
2:35 pm

@ Bootnewt

October 31st, 2011
2:14 pm

All he said to her was, “I’d like to put a pizza in your oven.”

Hilarious!!!

HL

October 31st, 2011
2:38 pm

I’m not going to worry about a “they said, he said” accusations but it’s important to realize that politico is a conservative site so not really part of the so-called liberal media.
I’m concerned about regressive taxation during a time when small businesses is clamoring for increase in demand. I’m concerned about a candidate who tells his aides not to speak unless spoken to. I’m concerned about a candidate when shown evidence contrary to the his stated opinions, yells you’re stupid or you’re wrong without clarifying his position. I’m concerned about a candidate who thinks we can stay in Iraq indefinitely although the Iraq government wants us out. That would endanger our troops.
There’s a lot of reasons to be concerned and maybe harassment is one of them but there is a list we should all be concerned about. .

Centrist

October 31st, 2011
2:45 pm

Who knows who pointed the media to this issue – but the media loves running with it, including Mr. Jim Galloway.

As LBJ once said (paraphrased): I just want to hear my opponent have to deny he has sex with pigs.

clem

October 31st, 2011
2:49 pm

kinda hard to believe he was not aware of the settlement despite his recusal; seems like settlement figures might have been included in the associations financials somewhere, unless paid by insurance company…

at any rate, the hermanator could ask the association to devulge more info without specifying names of accusers and why they paid….was it to avoid higher legal fees…

td

October 31st, 2011
2:52 pm

I have decided to dress up as a Democrat for Halloween tonight. My neighborhood does not have a lot of children so there is very little participation in the collection of candy and I do not want to go to other neighborhood to trick or treat. As a result, I will be receiving very little candy tonight. In the spirit of the holiday and being in the right frame of mind for the occasion, it is only fair and just that all the bloggers on today need to share 50% of there candy with me. Please send your 50% to Mr. Jim Galloway at the AJC so that he can distribute out to me.

Thank you,

Trying to be a good Democrat today.

DC

October 31st, 2011
2:59 pm

Politico is conservative….hmm, interesting claim. Not true, but I guess anyone can claim anything.

Happy Go Lucky

October 31st, 2011
3:01 pm

@MARK,2:35
As with all simple-minded airheads, you think that “pizza in the oven” remark was hilarious. Stick with your sandbox, shovel and bucket and grow up. It may take many, many years to have a developed and functioning brain but I believe it’s possible – even with you.

Mark

October 31st, 2011
3:05 pm

@ Happy Go Lucky

October 31st, 2011
3:01 pm

@MARK,2:35
As with all simple-minded airheads, you think that “pizza in the oven” remark was hilarious. Stick with your sandbox, shovel and bucket and grow up. It may take many, many years to have a developed and functioning brain but I believe it’s pos

First of all the comment was directed to you, so I don’t who pissed in your cereal today. You might want to take that up with your wife and maybe she’ll lay you tonight instead of the guy next door.

clem

October 31st, 2011
3:05 pm

and you know this? ever listen to jonathon allen or vandhei? i think they have both sides covered…..clearly you don’t know squat

td

October 31st, 2011
3:13 pm

“This smear of Herman Cain is about blacks and Hispanics getting too “uppity.” That’s what this is. It’s Democrats saying, “You don’t achieve in American politics as a Republican, as a self-reliant individual or conservative. You don’t do it. You try it and we’re going to destroy you!” Rush Limbaugh

justin

October 31st, 2011
3:15 pm

@ td

You provide so much humor for these blogs. I love how far you have to reach each day to make a point.

Wallis T. Coper

October 31st, 2011
3:25 pm

amen to td, cane is uppidy an needs to no his place

Happy Go Lucky

October 31st, 2011
3:25 pm

MARK-3:05
..the guy next door”my wife can’t do that…you and “the guy next door” are engaged in, well…

td

October 31st, 2011
3:36 pm

Rush: “What would the Left be doing right now if there was an assault on Obama of this nature? They would be going after these women; they would name names, and destroy them. They would call these women racists for trying to destroy a black politician; they would claim they were working for the Republican National Committee, that they were hired by the Republican National Committee to destroy Obama. They would claim they were the bad guys. . . . This is war, and that’s how they fight it. Anything goes, as far as they’re concerned. They can’t allow a black or Hispanic [Conservative] to rise to the top.”

Redcoat

October 31st, 2011
3:46 pm

In the meantime……Fast and furious, solyndra, spread of radical Islam in Libya….things we rarely see comments about from the left or issues /policies they can support and defend.

Mama Says

October 31st, 2011
3:46 pm

This story may and I mean may, have meant something if Cain were president and was testifying before a federal grand jury, (humm wonder where i got that ?) but it means nothing when it concerns a corporate executive 20 years ago.

come up with something better folks

findog

October 31st, 2011
3:47 pm

td, funny I’m going as a republican. I expect the government to provide reliable roads, ample public safety, a corporate tax break to the sugar industry, and tax cut for the job creating local dentist. I will be dressed in camouflage with a yellow ribbon magnet on the truck’s bumper I will be goading kids to give up their candy to be sent to the troops in the field. Oh, but don’t tell the deacon because the preacher says tonight is the devil’s…

bart

October 31st, 2011
3:49 pm

Regardless of this sexual harassment claim, Cain is neither qualified nor experienced enough to be President. Our current President was neither qualified nor experienced enough to be Presient. Let’s don’t jump from the frying pan into the fire. Romney is the only candidate who can beat Obama.

KP

October 31st, 2011
3:54 pm

@td 3:36pm

So what’s your point? That hypothetically if the accusations were made of Obama that the left would stand up and fight for him and the left is so afraid of Cain rising to the top that twenty years ago they sensed that one day that he would run for President and ascend to the top of the Republican polls. So just in case they had two women falsely accuse him of Sexual Harassment so that they would have a hammer to blunt his rise to the top? Really?

honested

October 31st, 2011
4:01 pm

td,

Is the best you and the 4 or 5 people in the world who agree with you do is quote Lush Rimjob?

You have found the bottom of the barrel.

honested

October 31st, 2011
4:02 pm

bart,

Can, but won’t.

Obama 2012!!

amazing

October 31st, 2011
4:02 pm

The right acts like they are holier than though. When you start using Rush Limbaugh as the basis for supporting your race base comments, you have hit rock bottom. While everyone wants to point the blame at Democrats for this story, it is quite possible that this is an inside job. There are other Republican candidates who would stoop this low. I would venture to say Herman feels like a real black man today!

findog

October 31st, 2011
4:04 pm

speaking of Rove, where was he when W couldn’t account for his reserve service?

td

October 31st, 2011
4:07 pm

honested

October 31st, 2011
4:01 pm

More people listen to Rush each day then listen to Obamas speeches.

Now do not forget to send me half your candy tomorrow since I am trying to know what it feels like to be a Democrat.

clem

October 31st, 2011
4:08 pm

his appearance today before the national press club lackluster….they must have let some tpers in because they were the only ones clapping except when he left….and what is the deal with his signing…..ashcroft had a better voice

clem

October 31st, 2011
4:09 pm

typo signing should be singing

Wallis T. Coper

October 31st, 2011
4:09 pm

WE MUSS GET, SARA PALEN BACK IN THE RACE FOR REPLICAN, IT IS THE ONLY WAY TOO BEET ABOMA, AN KEEP BLKS AN ALLEGALS, SMOKING POT AN GETTO TALK, AT OCCIPY ATLANTA, CANE IS A PUPPIT, AN HIS SMOKE CIGERETS IN A AD, IS PROVE THAT HE IS OUT OF TUCH WITH US WITES, AN HE PLAYED GOLF WITH OBOMA, MARK MY WORDS, WE MUSS VOTE CAIN OUT OF HIS OFFICE

honested

October 31st, 2011
4:11 pm

td,

There are that many morons with nothing better to do than listen to a deranged old windbag repeat the same lies daily?

You miss the point, the top 1% have already sucked up 80% of the candy.

Wallis T. Coper

October 31st, 2011
4:12 pm

Enter your comments here

clem

October 31st, 2011
4:14 pm

anyone remember “guide for the married man”? deny, deny, deny

td

October 31st, 2011
4:19 pm

honested

October 31st, 2011
4:11 pm

“There are that many morons with nothing better to do than listen to a deranged old windbag repeat the same lies”

Yes, anyone that would ever listen to an Obama speech. What about all those morons in Georgia than are planning on coming out just to vote for Obama next year when there vote is not going to be counted?

Well then you need to make sure you send your 50% of teh candy to me and I will allow you to keep the other 30%.

SAWB

October 31st, 2011
4:22 pm

Did he represent fine dining establishments in Atlanta like Magic City? If so that might explain the discrepancies related to sexual harassment…

honested

October 31st, 2011
4:23 pm

td,

Y’all just keep trying to stretch some clothes over your new emperor.

We find the whole exercise hilarious!

R U Kidding Me?

October 31st, 2011
4:28 pm

Herman needs a good Republican like Tommie Williams to step in and cover up that whole settlement thing for him. Just like he covered the $80K settlement for Loudermilk and his suite mate from Savannah. After all, it’s the Republican way. Hear no evil, see no evil and write a check.

honested

October 31st, 2011
4:31 pm

And the song at the end of the non-speech.

Reminds me of the Richard Pryor classic “We Will See”.

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Jackson Baer

November 1st, 2011
1:36 am

Make way for Ron Paul in 2012, even if he has to run as a third party candidate…

http://www.whatthehellbook.com/the-book/

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Brad

November 1st, 2011
4:21 pm

@ Jackson Baer

November 1st, 2011
1:36 am

Make way for Ron Paul in 2012, even if he has to run as a third party candidate…

http://www.whatthehellbook.com/the-book/

I agree with you totally! I tend to vote independent with a leaning towards the Dems, but I would vote for Ron Paul. He makes the most sense out of all of them and he’s a straight talker.

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