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.