Why Herman Cain supporters are sticking with him
In the wake of sexual harassment allegations, why are supporters standing by Herman Cain? Iowa Herman Cain supporters speak out.
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In the last day or so since the Herman Cain sexual harassment allegations broke, it appears Herman Cainâ€™s supporters are sticking by their man.
We still think the reported allegations - and Cainâ€™s shifting responses - may in the end seriously undercut his core strengths: likability and straight talk. In appearances Monday, Cain went from saying he was â€śunaware of any sort of settlementâ€ť with the women making the allegations against him, to telling Fox News that, in fact, one such cash settlement had been worth â€śmaybe three monthsâ€™ salary,â€ť to telling PBS â€śI was aware that an agreement was reached.â€ť (Interestingly, he also told PBS he had â€śno recollectionâ€ť of asking either of those women to meet him in a hotel room - rather than denying outright that such a request had been made).
But itâ€™s also clear Cain has a few things going for him in all this. As we noted Monday, the accusations so far have been anonymous (and may remain so, since the two women allegedly involved signed non-disclosure agreements, according to POLITICO).
And so far, the conservative base seems to be rallying behind him - treating the matter as an outrageous smear campaign ginned up by a political opponent and/or the liberal media establishment.
The Register contacted more than 20 of the pollâ€™s Republican respondents for follow-up interviews in the wake of the Cain scandal - and found that none of them said the allegations would cause them to reject Cain as a potential pick. Hereâ€™s one of the responses they got:
"Poll respondent Rick Hall, a Des Moines accountant, said, â€śUnless it rolls into something undeniably very bad at his core, it will have no effect on my feeling about Mr. Cain as far as a viable candidate. It happened far enough ago, Iâ€™m not surprised that this thing wouldnâ€™t follow many highly placed corporate officers.â€ť
Along with this:
Renfred Miller, a 27-year-old West Des Moines resident who works in sales, said it would have been nice to hear about the situation from Cain first, â€śbut obviously he thought it was baseless and didnâ€™t matter.â€ť
After witnessing costly regulations on farms and at the local feed mill, Adam Cook, 25, an agronomist from Ellsworth, still likes Cain best, partly because he wants to do away with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. â€śIâ€™m not really worried about it,â€ť Cook said of the sexual harassment allegations.
And then thereâ€™s this: Cainâ€™s campaign says it raised $250,000 yesterday - one of the campaignâ€™s best fundraising days ever.
Of course, itâ€™s still early. It usually takes a while for the true impact of stories like this to become evident. And if more information emerges that seems to contradict Cainâ€™s version of events, his supporters may change their minds.
But at least for now, it appears theyâ€™re inclined to stick with him.
Dig a little deeper:
- Look up Herman Cainâ€™s schedule to see when heâ€™ll be in a location near you.
- Read the original POLITICO story that broke the news.
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