Theodore's World: Herman Cain Campaign Won’t Allow Videotaping of Newspaper Interviews ~ Not A Good Sign For Cain To Do This

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November 19, 2011

Herman Cain Campaign Won’t Allow Videotaping of Newspaper Interviews ~ Not A Good Sign For Cain To Do This

Report: Herman Cain Campaign Won’t Allow Videotaping of Newspaper Interviews

The Wall Street Journal

Herman Cain’s campaign will no longer allow videotaping of the Republican presidential candidate’s meetings with newspaper editorial boards.

Campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon says the new edict has nothing to do with the fact that Mr. Cain bumbled for several minutes earlier this week when members of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel editorial board asked him, on video, whether he agrees with President Barack Obama’s handling of events in Libya.

In a TV interview here Thursday, Mr. Cain referred to his ceiling-staring brain freeze in Milwaukee as a “powerful pause.” He added that that his fumbling, during which he first asked the assembled editors whether Mr. Obama had supported the opposition in Libya, then said he’d gotten confused because he had “all this stuff twirling around in my head,” was a media-manufactured problem and that voters didn’t care. His sinking post-gaffe poll numbers this week suggest otherwise.

Mr. Gordon announced the new policy in the Airport Diner in Manchester Thursday, after reporters asked why Mr. Cain refused to be videotaped by C-SPAN during a meeting with the New Hampshire Union Leader editorial staff. The decision against tapng ultimately scotched the meeting, which had been scheduled for Thursday morning.

All day, both sides have been accusing each other of canceling the interview. The Union Leader called him a no-show, and the Associated Press quoted Mr. Gordon saying the newspaper canceled, citing differences over timing. “We would like to do something with them in the future,” he told The Associated Press.

According to accounts from both, the interview was originally slated to be about an hour long. When the C-SPAN taping was mentioned, the candidate balked. Later, the Cain camp said they needed to cut the time to 20 minutes, which Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid dismissed as not long enough.

Of course, Mr. Gordon said, that doesn’t mean Mr. Cain will refuse TV interviews–he did three of those before lunch Thursday. He just won’t be doing on-camera sessions with editorial boards, which tend to be far longer, and feature the policy-heavy questions like the one that tripped him up in Milwaukee.


Wild Thing's comment......

For Cain to do this is very bad, is he going to do this if he made it to being President?

Sorry but Cain is a mess, he is just not qualified to be President. I am not saying he is a bad man , just too many things he does not even try to learn about. He keeps saying he will have people to call on as advisors later one when he is President. Now honestly has any other candidate ever repeatedly used that exuse for their lack of knowledge? I don't remember anyone that did this so often as he does. It does not build confidence.

Posted by Wild Thing at November 19, 2011 05:47 AM


I liked Cain a lot when he first came on the scene. His criticism of Rick Perry over that stupid rock thing at the hunting camp got me looking at Cain more closely. Due to more scrutiny, I have changed my support to Rick Perry. In the world of politics, I believe Cain is way over his head. If he were to become president, the GOP would eat him alive. He would need the GOP for their corporate knowledge and experience and they would infiltrate his administration with RINO's. I still believe Cain can play an important role in getting this country back on strong economic footing as a cabinet minister or economic adviser.

Posted by: BobF at November 19, 2011 07:38 AM

Bob, good point and we need to keep praying for this election. I am very concerned about it and I thought it would be so easy. hahaa I sure was wrong. I am shocked how many are for Romney what the heck is up with that. weird how he never moves in the polls hardly at all.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 20, 2011 04:47 AM