Cause and Effect in European Politics and Law

Is Republican Cain guilty?

Irena Mihaylova, November 20, 2011

We have already introduced to you the leading Republican candidate for President of the United States – Mitt Romney. As next, here is a portrait of the man, who until recently was though to be Mitt’s main opponent – Herman Cain. Unfortunately, Cain is lagging behind due to an unexpected scandal:

Herman Cain, not before long ago, was at the top of the Republican race. However, allegations of sexual harassment (4 to date), have melted away his positive ratings at the polls. His “in denial” tactics have not managed to clear his reputation in the public eye. Soon after the scandal, the election polls noted that the number of Republicans in favour of Cain had declined by 9% - from 66% to 59%, according to Reuters. 53% of those surveyed believe that Cain is guilty indeed, although the suspect does not remember any of the accusations to have happened. At a special news conference, held by Cain last week, the Republican stated that the charges were “baseless” and “simply didn’t happen”.

Herman Cain vowed that he would not quit the race in the name of "the American people and for the children and the grandchildren." The rating of the successful businessman and owner of a pizza chain, however, is irreversibly dropping down. 35% of the Republican respondents in a Reuters poll state that the scandal has affected negatively their affiliation towards Cain. The incidents with Cain, according to the litigants, occurred in the late 1990s when he was a manager of the National Restaurant Association in the US. One of the victims – Ms Kraushaar, a spokeswoman at the Treasury Department - believes that if all four women come out with more details on Cain’s indecent behaviour, their stories could “be considered together as a body of evidence.”

The 65-year old Cain also claims himself a victim but of the “Democrats' machine.” Prior the storm of accusations, Cain’s ratings were in fact competing with the results of Mitt Romney, who proved himself as the Republican leader in the inter party race. At the Michigan’s debate on November 9, the focus on Herman Cain’s economic platform (known as the innovative “9-9-9 plan” or a flat tax of 9% for individuals, firms and the VAT, that made Cain much popular at the polls) was shifted by the question whether Cain could be “appointed” president if people believed that he had "issues of personal character."

Cain managed to come out of the situation by saying: “The American people deserve better than someone being tried in the court of public opinion based on unfounded accusations." After being applauded by the audience, Cain continued his explanation, saying that he valued his character and integrity, and for each suitor against him there were thousands, who believed he was innocent. Despite the frequent accusations blaming him of misbehaviour towards women, Cain slipped into calling the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, "Princess Nancy" which was greeted with “cheers” by the audience.