Saturday, December 03, 2011
iReporters react to end of Cain campaign

Today, GOP presidential primary contender Herman Cain officially suspended his campaign following weeks of scrutiny for alleged sexual harassment and an extramarital affair. We asked iReporters what they thought of the collapse of Cain's campaign, and most agreed that the allegations had tarnished his reputation. Others cited his lack of experience and readiness to lead.



Sonya Renee Taylor believes that the only reason Herman Cain was popular in the first place was so that the Republican party could challenge the perception that it is unfriendly to African Americans. "[Republicans'] focus on business, the reduction of taxes and the elimination of major social programming in a country that still disproportionately disenfranchises people of color makes the needs of African Americans often invisible in Republican rhetoric," she said.


"'Cain's success is greatly tied to the policies of the Republican party. He would like to believe that the GOP sees him as a businessman first and a black man second," she said. "He is currently learning that he is black man in America, which means his contenders such as Newt Gingrich can have extramarital affairs, even presidential predecessors such as Bill Clinton can have sexual harassment charges (Paula Jones). The bar of being blemish-free is a bit higher for the black presidential candidate, and the fall is often hard and fast."



Egberto Willies, on the other hand, thinks that Cain was never serious about winning the nod, and was using the media attention as an opportunity for self-promotion. He believes that Cain's campaign was being supported by the GOP establishment as a strategy to ensure that Mitt Romney is the eventual nominee.


Mark Ivy believes that "the Cain campaign self-imploded by not being prepared for what the  campaign should have been aware," he said. "The campaign should have been ready to respond when the personal character issues and concerns were brought up during the primary vetting process. What appeared at first to be a viable candidate devolved into a series of increasing  displays of not being prepared, not being ready and not being able to divert focus back to the national issues away from personal  imperfections."


And Jay O'Conner sums it up this way: "At the end of the day, it's Mrs. Cain and his family whom he has embarrassed greatly. It's time for Herman Cain to turn out the lights and take a long vacation with his wife."

December 3, 2011
Click to view smum's profile less clown from the circus ring (i.e. GOP) is progress.  Unfortunately, until republican/teabag voters demand seriousness from their candidates, the charade will continue.  For these voters, the United States of America and P.T. Barnum are the same thing.  Are there any serious republican voters out there?  Sad, sad!!!

December 3, 2011
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Glad he is out of the race.  We have to start taking sexual harassment  more seriously.

December 3, 2011
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He certainly implied guilt when he made the comment "These allegations have not been proven".

December 3, 2011
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One embarrassing candidate down.  Bachman and Gingrich and governor good hair to go next.

December 3, 2011
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Herman Cain: Nein! Nein! Nein!

December 3, 2011
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Herman Cain is so delusional/narcissistic about his attractiveness as a presidential candidate that he can not understand how anyone, including his female consorts-lovers-subordinates,does not love and support him. Dang, if his (I'm sure) long suffering wife can put up with his hubristic shenanagins,surely everyone else should be able to do so.

December 3, 2011
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Vermin sperman stain brought himself down and thats a fact...and stop hiding him behind "he's a christian, babtist pastor, father" - and? Apparently not.... because what he is - is a womanizing adulterer....period.(Besides,christians,pastors,babtist - a lot of them are womanizers...they are not saints!

December 3, 2011
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I see all the comments so far are negative re Mr. Cain.  I think he did not know just how nasty the press can be towards someone they don't like.  Contrary to the comment above, I think sexual harassment as defined by some is taken far TOO seriously.  But in any event, he was the object of a concerted movement to undermine his candidacy.  They (???) needn't have bothered.  When he showed his vast ignorance of world geography and events, that totally undermined his credibility.

December 3, 2011
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lol republicans are so racist and hypocritical. infidelity matters when it's about cain, who is black. those standards apparently don't apply when the politician in question is white, like newt gingrich.

December 3, 2011
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So Cain has voted himself off the island.  Only 50 weeks of "Survivor" to go.  What are we ever going to do for entertainment after the elections.  What an absolute joke!

December 3, 2011
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I like the nein nein nein comment. That says it all. It applies to the whole field and to Obama. The country is leaderless.

December 3, 2011
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Many of the Republican candidates are sleazy and lack merit. Republicans don't have competent candidates. I attribute this to many Republicans deciding not to run because they don't measure up against Obama. And I think the biggest surprise so far has been how incompetent Perry has turned out.

December 3, 2011
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this  man  was  a jerk  from the  start.   if   he  didnt   do what   he is bing accused of then  why  quit.  the republicans   really  dont  have  anything  by way of intelligence  that  can  match  obama

December 3, 2011
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nein nein  nein.   is that  as  far  as  he got in his  deutsch fur auslander  class  lol

December 3, 2011
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Are we about DONE hearing about/from Cain?? His "suspension" speech was insulting b/c, in fact, HE'S been the distraction w/his skeletons, and then w/Blitzer to "pre-ement America with another immiment yet unfounded allegation that's unfairly tarnishing his stellar reputation and hurting his family..."


I mean, really, how stupid can any of us get by buying into anything Cain, or any of these candidates, are doing/saying - regardless of what side of the aisle you fall on? Half of them have a book to sell, a $100k speech to rush off to give, or will skew data and say anything to get one over on each other and confuse the masses further.


This country can no longer sustain a two-party system where everything's made to be black and white ... my way/your way.


I sure know if I went to work and acted like some of these "law-not-makers" have been doing - misappropriating funds, arguing w/everyone, sexually harrassing people, posting naked pics online, and plain not accomplishing a thing ... how long do you think I'D BE EMPLOYED???


December 3, 2011
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Good ridance of a joke for a candidate for president of our country. He is better suited at selling books, maybe used cars, and sweet talking women.

December 3, 2011
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We are seriously making much do big of a deal about sexual harassment-

December 3, 2011
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now get rid of the extreme right wing nut, RON PAUL !!!

December 3, 2011
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His past has caught up with him.


Newt is next.

December 3, 2011
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Soooo glad Cain is out of the picture. Is was entertaining. Of course now all the other goof ball Republican candidates are going to says great things about him in the hopes a getting an endorsement from Cain and his 12 loyal supporters.

December 3, 2011
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My feelings are contradictory.  I think that Herman Cain knows as much about foreign and domestic affairs as do I.  Hence, he has no right running for president.  In fact, sometimes I feel that I might know more than he. So, it's probably good that he is out of the race.  But, since I am a democrat, perhaps I should feel upset.  Because if this guy actually became the candidate, Obama would have no problem winning.

December 3, 2011
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2833forest, You're right, don't worry. With the republican field of candidates as they are there's no way any of them could get elected by main stream America.

December 3, 2011
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Bout time, let's hope that's the end of Cain and the nonsense he was talking.  I am so tired of hearing about how government is taking care of middle and working class families. Excuse me, we are the reason you are rich.  We buy your goods and services. Get real. Next one out Newt.

December 4, 2011
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"I wouldn't vote for a candidate because he is black" - Racist.

"I only voted for him because he was black" - Pride.

"The only reason the GOP backed Cain was because he was black" - Stupidity.


Amazing how the left-wing in this country tries to justify their own racist stances.  Like the only party that is allowed to have a black candidate for President is the DNC.  Pretty funny, eh?

December 4, 2011
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"this  man  was  a jerk  from the  start.   if   he  didnt   do what   he is bing accused of then  why  quit.  the republicans   really  dont  have  anything  by way of intelligence  that  can  match  obama"



Since when was intelligence a pre-requisite for being President?  Bush proved that and look at the mess he left us.


Obviously experience is not a pre-requisite either - Obama was elected and look at the mess he has created.


Maybe this time we should find someone with intelligence, experience, ideas, etc?

December 4, 2011
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Forget about Cain and vote for the true patriot, Dr. Paul.

December 5, 2011
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As a lifelong registered democrat (having no other real choice since repubs are obnoxious) I do have an exception & that is Dr. Ron Paul, who's the smartest political candidate I've herd in my lifetime. That interview on ESPN with the Des Moines Register was absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately, he's short, old-looking and disshelved. Unfortunately, his son's exploitable but not nearly as lucid. No chip off the old block there!

December 7, 2011
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Newt your next,you cheated on TWO of your three wives,served divorce paper on one who was battling cancer and to top it off you married the one that you cheated with,and now your kissind Tramp/trump's a##.Then Willard why would you not like your birth name,is it because there is a movie about a dirty RAT name Willard ok so you want to be called mitt lol.Now Perry you need to do something about your short term memory lost.Michelle,you are all over the place,you never answer the questions when asked,insteed you turn on the Obama water,and another thing you can NOT pray the GAY out of a gay person,one republican CLOWN back to the circus and six more to go.

December 7, 2011
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Herman gives the impression that he knows what he's talking about, but he fails miserably. If he was the Presidential candidate, Obama would eat him alive.

December 7, 2011
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Stay tuned for the next headline on CNN...'Mrs. Cain gets her 'A Ha Moment', telling Herman and his hermits to shut the front door, as the former Republican Presidential wishful contender finds his his bags packed on the lawn.'

December 8, 2011
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I think Herman Cain made the right decision. His personal life was overpowering what he was trying to accomplish during his bid for presidency. It was appropriate to remove himself from the situation. The stories that were coming out were making the run for president seem like a big joke. The presidency bid was beginning to be filled more with personal drama than what this potential candidates thought about the issues involving what's going on in the United States. Although is horrible that Herman Cain was "pushed" to exit the race, it was the right decision.

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