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Herman Cain on Bialek: Hype!


Is that it, Herman Cain? (AP/Dave Martin/AP)

He spoke of a press conference that’ll address the issue. “We are going to talk about this and I am going to talk about this,” he said. The logical takeaway: Herman Cain has a compelling version of events, some tidbit or piece of evidence that’ll cut off these allegations at their knees.

Just after 5 p.m. EST today Cain appeared before the cameras in Arizona and let everyone know what they were waiting for. Cain came through with nothing of substance — just more bashing of the media and denunciations of anonymous sources and the like. Not to mention a flat-out denial of the events that Bialek had alleged:

“My first response in my mind was I don’t even know who this woman is. Secondly, I didn’t recognize the name at all....I tried to remember if I recognized her and I didn’t . I tried to remember if I remembered that name and I didn’t. The charges and the accusations I absolutely reject. They simply didn’t happen. They simply did not happen.”

After that, Cain launched what can be described only as a image-rehab-via-sexual-harassment-denial strategy. He dissed all the politicians who have been “kicking the can down the road when America’s problems got worse...Herman Cain stepped forward and here I am.” He went on: “As far as these accusations causing me to back off and maybe withdraw from this presidential primary race. It ain’t going to happen, because I am doing this for the American people and their children and grandchildren.”

After giving some answers to questions that provided little to no new information, Cain continued with his rehab-via-sexual-harassment-denial strategy. He spoke of working for “the grandkids.” That was it.

In other words, nothing new here. As you were, press corps.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

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