Newt Gingrich advises Herman Cain: Stop talking until you have a handle on the facts

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain peeks around a person to shake hands during a swing through Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. AP/Carolyn Kaster

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain peeks around a person to shake hands during a swing through Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. AP/Carolyn Kaster

The Herman Cain campaign has become a saga of charges and countercharges – we’ll try to tie some of the threads together, starting with advice offered last night by one of his rivals, Newt Gingrich. From my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:

“My first advice is what he hasn’t done, which is say nothing until you sit down with your lawyers and with the people who know the facts,” Gingrich said. “You thoroughly and completely understand them and you go through a period where everybody asks you — in your team — every possible negative question so you thoroughly understand what will happen.”

Gingrich is to appear with Cain in Houston on Saturday evening. Some polls indicate the former U.S. House speaker from Georgia would be the one to benefit from a Cain collapse.

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Late Wednesday, in an interview with Forbes, Herman Cain accused his political adviser from his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, Curt Anderson, of leaking details of the sexual harassment claims to the campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry – for whom Anderson now works.

Cain, a former radio talk show host from Georgia, says he told Anderson about the harassment claim in 2003, in a private conversation. In an interview on CNN this morning, Anderson said that conversation never happened. “I don’t know anything about this,” he said. Given that Cain is accusing others of a smear campaign, Anderson said, the last thing he ought to do is falsely accuse somebody else.”

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Herman Cain gets his own say in an interview with Ginni Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, posted by the Daily Caller:

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In an interview with Erick Erickson of Redstate.com, Texas Gov. Rick Perry also denied having anything to do with Cain’s problems. Said Perry:

“I’m disappointed that there’s finger-pointing going on. The sooner we get back to talking about the issues that are important to people, the better. …There’s not anybody in my campaign that knew anything about this, that’s associated with my campaign in any form or fashion. End of story.”

One additional thought from Erickson:

Herman Cain’s consultant from 2004 uncovered it in 2004 and Cain launched a Presidential bid in 2011 without coming up with a damage control plan on a major issue that could destroy his campaign?

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The question has been, and remains, whether any of Cain’s employees from his National Restaurant Association days will come forward. From the Washington Post:

One of those accusers, now a federal employee, said earlier that she wanted to tell her story and rebut Cain’s assertion that her claims were unfounded. Her attorney, Joel P. Bennett, had said she was considering asking the restaurant association to free her from the confidentiality agreement.
On Wednesday night, however, she told a Washington Post reporter that she had decided not to go public. Asked why, she replied: “I’m too tired to say why.”

According to someone familiar with the thinking of Bennett’s client, she doesn’t want to go public because she is concerned about her privacy and her job.

The New York Times adds this tidbit:

The lawyer, Joel P. Bennett, said he would instead ask the restaurant association on Thursday to allow him to release a statement on his client’s behalf that would make it clear, without violating a confidentiality agreement she signed, that her version of events is different from the account that Mr. Cain has offered.

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In the midst of this, the Herman Cain campaign this morning announced a major fund-raising drive to gear up for the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses and formal beginning of the GOP presidential primary contest. From the campaign:

“The Iowa Fund begins this morning and culminates on Wednesday, November 9th. The campaign’s goal is to bolster the Iowa Fund with $999,000.

The Iowa Fund will allow Mr. Cain’s campaign to continue to hire additional staff in Iowa, place TV ads, and spread Mr. Cain’s ideas to put Americans back to work.

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The hoopla over Herman Cain on Wednesday obscured what may be some important news in Washington. U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ Gang of Six pitch for a deficit deal is finally gaining some traction among House Republicans. From the Washington Post:

A group of 40 House Republicans for the first time Wednesday encouraged Congress’s deficit reduction committee to explore new revenue as part of a broad deal that would make a major dent in the nation’s debt, joining 60 Democrats in a rare bipartisan effort to urge the “supercommittee” to reach a big deal that could also include entitlement cuts.

The letter they sent represents a rare cross-party effort for the rancorous House, and its organizers said they hoped it would help nudge the 12-member panel to reach a deal that would far exceed the committee’s $1.5 trillion mandate.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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229 comments Add your comment

Danny O

November 3rd, 2011
9:05 am

Dear Supercommittee,
Go big or go home. Be a leader and make the tough decisions now.

Dear Old Morehouse

November 3rd, 2011
9:18 am

“Cain, a former radio talk show host from Georgia, says he told Anderson about the harassment claim in 2003, in a private conversation.”

So I guess he is aware of these allegations.

Bootnewt

November 3rd, 2011
9:18 am

Newt advising Cain on what to do about sexual harassment charges is like a skunk advising its victim on how to take a bath.

joe

November 3rd, 2011
9:20 am

Agree…how about cutting across the board 15% for starters…

Independent voter

November 3rd, 2011
9:26 am

Newt should not give advise to no one he had problems with his previous wives.

Independent voter

November 3rd, 2011
9:27 am

I am going to vote for Cain in the primary then in the general election I will be voting for president Obama.

dre

November 3rd, 2011
9:29 am

Bootnewt – interesting that you’re making a backdoor accusation that Newt has somehow been involved in sexual harassment. He hasn’t handled his personal affairs perfectly, but I am pretty sure harassment has not been on the list. Guess you can post anything you like these days. LOL. Go Cain/Gingrich 2012!!!

Atlantan

November 3rd, 2011
9:32 am

@independent voter – you must be busy at OWS – anyone who wants more of Obama or his policies should be checked for mental instability. Heck vote for Hillary over Obama – you must be pleased with incompetence…….

Sadly it is over for Cain, MSM wins – they get rid of a black conservative. But Cain did nothing to help himself. If he can’t handle this how in the world will he handle China, Putin or Iran? On to Newt or Perry.

Becky

November 3rd, 2011
9:33 am

Watching the GOP implode is hilarious.

Teach44

November 3rd, 2011
9:34 am

Newt hasn’t handled his “personal affairs” perfectly? Oh, you mean the ones that he shouldn’t have had in the first place?

Uncle Joe

November 3rd, 2011
9:35 am

This smear campaign is a disgraceful, calculated, distraction. It does not effect my support of Herman Cain in the least, and I would like to see this nation’s people ignore the sleazy press and elect Mr. Cain. That said, I too wish Herman Cain had not made some of the comments he did. He should know that much of the press is looking for any opportunity to make a mountain out of a molehill. Mr. Gingrich’s advice may be good, but then he was not only accused of inapproptriate behavior, but proven to be involved in it. I can forgive Gingrich, but the press will turn on him with greater fury, should he rise in the polls. If so, lets see how he handles himself.

Saywhuuuuut?

November 3rd, 2011
9:35 am

@Independent voter. If you are in GA it does not matter if you vote for Obama or not. He has about as much chance of winning GA as Biden being elected Pope.

BigDawg

November 3rd, 2011
9:36 am

Newt is by far the smartest GOP candidate. Remember Contract with America and balanced budgets?! Have others handled their personal affairs perfectly? Obama with racist preacher, Bill Clinton and Monica, Clinton and marijuana, Bush and cocaine? He who is without sin, cast the first stone!

Getouttahere

November 3rd, 2011
9:36 am

OBAMA IN 2012!!! HILLARY IN 2016!!!

Send these bum rethuglicans packing. I’d love nothing more than to see that ol’ turtle Mitch McConnell get voted out of office. He and his ilk in congress would be arrested and imprisoned for sedition in many countries. Lock ‘em up and throw away the key!!!

dre

November 3rd, 2011
9:37 am

Independent voter – you must be one of the millions who are better off after 4 years of Obummer!! LOL

Centrist

November 3rd, 2011
9:38 am

Mr. Jim Galloway keeps harping on Gingrich would gain the most from a Cain campaign collapse – but this media attack has so backfired that now Cain is collecting funds to possibly be competitive in Iowa which he was previously bypassing.

And, of course, on this blog we only hear about the Democrats and a small minority of Republicans talking about “revenue enhancements”, not the much greater and necessary spending cuts Democrats (hence Mr. Jim Galloway) abhor.

Yellow Dog Dem

November 3rd, 2011
9:39 am

Uncle Joe, is your middle name by chance “Tom”?

Daniel

November 3rd, 2011
9:39 am

AJC, you forgot about Cain saying that China is attempting to advance its nuclear program. Which is hilarious since China has had nuclear weapons for about as long as the US has had them. This guy is a total idiot and has no chance at winning the GOP

dre

November 3rd, 2011
9:40 am

BigDawg – I could not have stated it better.

Independent voter

November 3rd, 2011
9:42 am

Getouttahere you are telling the true. Republican is the worst political party I ever seen. Now they blamming each other for Cain leak and Newt cant talk he did his ex wife so bad when she was sick.

dre

November 3rd, 2011
9:43 am

Atlantan – i think you’re right, except the Perry piece bothers me, how soft he appeared on immigration…groan. Otherwise, I think I could back him, and certainly Gingrich

td

November 3rd, 2011
9:43 am

Jim,

You forgot about the below story that came out last night. I wonder why?

“According to a source who is friends with the Cain campaign, not only is the Rick Perry campaign involved but also the Mayor of Chicago and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely involved with the sexual harassment accuser attacks. A friend of the Cain campaign believes a National Restaurant Association (NRA) employee out of the Chicago office leaked the story to the Perry campaign via information and influence from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2011/nov/2/picket-source-rham-emanuel-involved-cain-sexual-

Political Mongrel

November 3rd, 2011
9:43 am

Yep, use the Newt Method: get your facts straight, and then lie about them barefaced. That’s been his MO for a couple of decades now. Plus it never ceases to amaze me how exposure of facts can be called a “smear”. Cain shouldn’t have lived the smear.

dre

November 3rd, 2011
9:43 am

Independent voter – were you in that room with Newt and his ex-wife?

PLEASE TAKE US BACK 2 DA 1950'S GUD OLE BOY DAYS

November 3rd, 2011
9:46 am

YOU DUMB REDNECKS ARE SUPPORTING HERMAN CAIN NOW,BUT YOU RACISTS HICKS VOTED SAXBY CHAMBLESS OVER HERMAN CAIN HERE IN GEORGIA!
O’YEAH 4 GEORGIA CITIES ARE THE BROKEST IN AMERICA,THATS WHAT YOU HICKS GET FOR VOTING REPUBLICAN,IM GLAD THAT YALL RURAL GEORGIA HICKS ARE BROKE!
I THOUGHT BUSH TAXCUTS FOR THE RICH WAS SUPPOSE TO CREATE JOBS? NOT

Centrist

November 3rd, 2011
9:47 am

Independent voter posted “Republican is the worst political party I ever seen.”

Having made that statement, and your many attacks against the right and support of the left – why does you monicker have the word “Independent” in it?

Danny O

November 3rd, 2011
9:47 am

@ Centrist:

It is notable that House R’s are willing to talk about ways to increase revenue because D’s have been willing to make cuts all along, on the condition that they come with significant changes in the tax code.

It’s just an interesting development, not a scheme for the AJC to exert mind control over everyone who has an internet connection. Chill out, dude.

td

November 3rd, 2011
9:48 am

Independent voter

November 3rd, 2011
9:27 am
I am going to vote for Cain in the primary then in the general election I will be voting for president Obama

I did something similar in the 2008 primary (voted for Obama). It was the worst mistake I think I have ever made. I thought there is no way the American people would be stupid enough to put a person with absolutely no real world or political experience in the WH.

Danny O

November 3rd, 2011
9:49 am

@ Centrist:

So are you telling us the kettle is black?

love my country

November 3rd, 2011
9:50 am

Independent voter , you are the reason we are in the condition we are in now. Only a fool would make the same mistake twice. Voting for Obama once I can understand but twice I cannot understand.

Danny O

November 3rd, 2011
9:51 am

@ td:

If you were trying to help a unelectable candidate win the nomination in 2008, you should have voted for Hillary Clinton.

Truth

November 3rd, 2011
9:52 am

Sure is a shame a “black” American can’t support a conservative without being called an Uncle Tom. Didn’t that fellow who we just erected a monument (and rightfully so) in Washington DC say something about being judged on the “content of our character and not the color of our skin? I dare say, many don’t want to be judged on that platform all these many years later.

Dear BigDawg

November 3rd, 2011
9:55 am

Ron Paul’s intelligence runs circles around Newt. Sorry. Ron Paul 2012! Vote for a TRUE conservative

RealTalk

November 3rd, 2011
9:55 am

Nothing is Over for Cain. The People are tired of this Nonsense and Non-Story. This is all Made up lies. Wait and see. Obama and his terrible polices are ruining this country in front of our Eyes. Cain is still the Best person to defeat This Administration period. Screw the lameStream media!

Independent voter

November 3rd, 2011
9:58 am

Td told me my vote would not count in Ga so I came up with a conclusion. If I vote for Cain in the primary my vote will count so in the general election when I vote for president Obama it will count because he will win by landslide.

blkshepherd

November 3rd, 2011
9:58 am

hmm..you guys are funny. but seriously didnt Newt Himself have an affair while married? Correct me if I am wrong but it was shortly After the bill clinton monica lewinksy blue up. How quickly we forget or I should say Newt Forgot. How the Hell is he going to advise anyone on affairs when he himself was Quite guilty of doing the same. can I say Hypocrite.

Dear BigDawg

November 3rd, 2011
9:59 am

it’s OVER for Cain

Danny O

November 3rd, 2011
9:59 am

@ Truth:

That term should be retired. It is disrespectful to the individual to whom it is directed, as well as all african-americans.

dre

November 3rd, 2011
10:00 am

Truth – you are so right. And you can add being judged on “the volume of baseless inuendo and false claims brought online by pinhead, whiny, wussy journalist wannabes who’s main goal is to make it to the cast of TMZ or RadarOnline.”

Independent voter

November 3rd, 2011
10:01 am

President Obama doing better then president Bush then in 8years. That why president Obama approval is moving up and the republican congress is fallen to 6%.

DannyX

November 3rd, 2011
10:01 am

“Nothing is Over for Cain.”

Its over for Cain. I know its difficult for some, after denial comes acceptance, hang in there.

Dear BigDawg

November 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

non-story? a pattern and history of sexual harassment settlements? my wife was a rabid Cain supporter, but she’s on the fence now. Guys like you were probably foaming for impeachment hearings on Clinton for his Lewinsky affair, but now you want to sweep these settlements under the table? hypocritical…

td

November 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

Independent voter

November 3rd, 2011
9:58 am

I am trying real hard to follow your logic. How is your vote in Georgia for Obama next November going to count if you vote for Cain in the primary?

Truth

November 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

@Danny O

Agree. My remarks were in response to the pathetic post made by Yellow Dog Dem above.

Darwin

November 3rd, 2011
10:04 am

When you look at the quality of the Republican candidates, one has to view this as an electorate issue. The Republican party is now the party of extreme right wingers. However, if people stay home and don’t vote in the general elections, we might very well turn this country over to these nut jobs.

Centrist

November 3rd, 2011
10:05 am

Danny O posted: “@ Centrist: So are you telling us the kettle is black?”

No.

Most of my comments have concerned the leftist tilt of Mr. Jim Galloway and the rest of the AJC, and debates with the majority of liberals who read and post on the AJC. That only makes it APPEAR I am not a centrist – but I split my votes among Libertarians, Democrats, and Republicans.

I have had some polite debating disagreements with at least “Retired Soldier” and “td” here among others. Our differing issues where I am on the side of the left have included non religious separation of Church and State, added tax brackets/ increased capital gains tax for those earning millions per year, cutting end of life heroic healthcare expenses/ assisted suicide, women’s right to choose, and the electability of the more conservative presidential nominees.

Where does “Independent voter” differ from the liberal left?

td

November 3rd, 2011
10:05 am

DannyX

November 3rd, 2011
10:01 am
“Nothing is Over for Cain.”

Its over for Cain. I know its difficult for some, after denial comes acceptance, hang in there.

This will make it over for Cain when Paula Jones did not make the Clinton race over. You are going to have to explain your logic to me on this one?

reebok

November 3rd, 2011
10:05 am

All this stuff is fun, but the GOP’s nominee is going to be Romney. And Romney has little chance of beating Obama in a head-to-head matchup…yesterday, Quinnipac had President Obama beating Governor Romney by (I believe) 5 points in a head-to-head matchup. More importantly, there are several electoral-vote regions of the country where a Republican simply can’t win a National election in the current extremely divisive climate…New York/New Jersey, California and the Pacific Northwest come to mind…Washington DC…and almost all of New England (excepting probably Massachusetts, in the case of a Romney-Obama matchup). The GOP can count on the Deep South and Texas, but that’s not nearly enough to offset the big electoral states that reliably go Dem. And remember that Romney hasn’t gotten above a 30% approval rating yet, in spite of the fact that he’s been running for President for 6 years now…yesterday, Obama’s approval rating was 47%. Much can change between now and next November, but in the echo-chamber of right-wing chatter it’s easy to forget that Pres Obama is extremely likely to win a 2nd term.

Dear BigDawg

November 3rd, 2011
10:06 am

darwin – don’t forget that paul or johnson will probably run as a libertarian – which will sap a few points from the GOP. this election is not in the bank by any means

reebok

November 3rd, 2011
10:08 am

td – I am just guessing, but perhaps Independent Voter wants to help an unelectable Republican get nominated to improve Pres Obama’s chances in the general election…?