Businessman Herman Cain appeard on Face the Nation on Sunday to discuss the campaign and take specific questions about the “smoker ad” which his campaign recently released on the web. Cain also discusses his “9-9-9” plan in more detail and addresses specific criticisms.

Here is Cain’s entire interview with host Bob Schieffer:

Report from CBS News:

(CBS News) Herman Cain said Sunday that smoking cigarettes “is not a cool thing to do” and denied that a web ad recently released by his campaign was meant to glamorize or glorify cigarette smoking.
Cain, in an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” continued to defend the ad, which features his campaign manager Mark Block taking a long drag from a cigarette – and said the ad was meant to be “informative.”

“One of the themes within this campaign is, let Herman be Herman,” he told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “Mark Block is a smoker. We say, let Mark be Mark. That’s all we’re trying to say because we believe, let people be people.”

“This wasn’t intended to send any subliminal signal whatsoever,” he told Schieffer.

“It does – it sends a signal that it is cool to smoke,” suggested Schieffer.

“No, it does not,” Cain replied. “Mark Block smokes. That’s all that ad says. We have a lot of people in this country that smoke. But what I respect about Mark as a smoker, who is my chief of staff, he never smokes around me or smokes around anyone else. He goes outside.”

“He smokes on television!” said Schieffer.

“Well, he smokes on television. But that was no other subliminal message,” Cain said.

When asked if he thought the ad was meant to be “funny,” Cain said his campaign “didn’t know whether it would be funny to some people or whether they were going to ignore it or whatever the case may be.”

This is a humorous topic that Cain has to explain but the ad did create a lot of buzz around the political universe. It was aired on dozens of news shows and several entertainment shows so in reality, Cain had lots of free publicity. Good or bad, you be the judge.


  1. I & my wife watched this interview and we both talked about it afterwards. I asked her 1st what she thought as I knew what I thought about it instantly but did not want to taint her view. We both came away with similar views but not exactly the same. 1st, Bob is so biased he should have a disclaimer flashing over his head whenever he speaks to any conservative .2nd, Herman is likable, but not always Presidential. True that “People do business with people they like”, BUT…DO WE REALLY “KNOW” Cain???? THAT is the Elephant in the room. He would be much better suited at this stage of the game to sidestep kindly to the rear …say maybe a Congressman and learn from there or a consultant to the SBA as to how we could jump start the economy. He needs seasoning and an upgrade from a professional as to improve his speaking skills and when to stand firm and how to dance the dance–I know–we are fed up with “the dance”–but @ Presidential level, ya gotta dance sometimes to buy time so you don’t screw up!!! Herman needs a coach!!

  2. I really like Mr. Cain until he spoke about obortion!! Even if ur raped u cant have one. I feel as if a women should have a right untill the 2nd tri-mester!! This has really made me not want to vote for him! Due to the fact he talks about history, he needs to look up history when obortion was illegal! 100’s of women died in allys trying to have obortions!

    • Does the baby have any rights or can we just kill the child when it is inconvenient? So at the 2nd trimester, we can’t kill the child, but a week before, we can according to your logic.

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