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article imageCain ignores sex harassment claims, continues to crack 'jokes'

By Joan Firstenberg     Nov 12, 2011 in Politics
Ypsilanti - Herman Cain is moving forward from the accusations that he sexually harassed four women. Now, he's delivering quips and jokes, some of them offensive to their victims and others defensive and testy.
Minutes after GOP Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain was apologizing again for calling ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "Princess Nancy" at the Republican debate this past week, Cain zeroed in on President Obama during a stop in Ypsilanti, Michigan Thursday, telling supporters,
"‘How you beat Obama? Beat him with a Cain!’
According to The New York Daily News, a reporter in attendance asked him to clarify his remarks, which he pointed out could be construed as promoting violence. Cain's response was testy,
"Cain. Herman Cain, C-A-I-N. Do I have to connect all the dots for you?"
And as for Cain's quip about Nancy Pelosi, his apology came in a extremely back- handed way,
"I apologize for calling her Princess Pelosi, if that's the biggest story you all want, OK?" I apologize. I apologize for calling her Princess Pelosi. You know, I remember when Speaker Pelosi called me and the Tea Party people 'Astroturf.' I don't remember anybody asking about that story."
When reporters asked why he apologized, Cain responded with,
"So you all will stop asking me about it. I'm about the big issues, fixing this economy, not focusing on stuff like that."
The ex-pizza boss was also was caught on tape Thursday laughing after a supporter in Kalamazoo, Mich., brought up the name of Anita Hill, the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment 20 years ago. Cain responded with a chuckle and this,
"Is she going to endorse me?"
Boston.com reports that Cain’s jokes come at the same time that he is battling accusations that he sexually harassed four women. Cain repeatedly has denied the accusations. A CBS poll released Thursday shows Cain slipping, particularly among women, but he is still leading the Republican pack.
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