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Herman Cain Updates: Another Victim's Identity Revealed, Highlights from the Press Conference

 
 
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This morning, the identity of one of Cain's alleged victims, Karen Kraushaar, was first revealed via the iPad-only news outlet The Daily Tuesday. Kraushaar is one of two women to appear in Politico's original reportindicating Cain as a sex offender. 

From The New York Times:

Ms. Kraushaar, a spokeswoman at the Treasury Department in Washington D.C., said in an interview with The New York Times that she was upset that her name had leaked into some press reports. But she said that she decided to speak out now that her identity is known.

She also said she would consider "the idea of a joint press conference where all of the women would be together with our attorneys and all of this evidence would be considered together" and added that  "These allegations can be considered together as a body of evidence."

At the press conference this evening, Cain continued to deny the harassment allegations and actually painted the scandal as a left-wing manufactured smear campaign, thus dismissing his victims as "troubled women" used as ploys to interfere with his campaign. Here are five take-away points.

1. According to Cain, the whole scandal is a left-wing conspiracy.  He said, “The Democrat machine in America has brought forth a troubled woman to make false accusations."  The Democratic machine? Responding to whether his statement suggests a conspiracy, Cain said “I cannot say that it is a conspiracy. We do not have definitive factual proof. We only have coincidences to suggest it. We have not been able to make any determination to place any fingers.” 

He added, “When we step back and see there’s no facts we can only infer that someone is trying to basically wreck my character and plant doubt in the minds of voters.”

2. Cain has a squeaky clean record but a piss poor memory. Cain said, “I have never acted inappropriately with anyone. Period." Regarding the allegations, he said "they simply didn't happen.” In fact, Cain says he he has no idea who Sharon Bialek is. “I don't even know who this woman is,” he said of Bialek. “I tried to remember if I recognized her and I didn't.”

Kraushaar, however, Cain remembered. He recalled her sexual harassment allegation but determined “it was found to be baseless.” Cain also said there is a “remote possibility" he will remember more about the new accusations. But while he said he is pretty good at remembering people, he is no “expert in how the brain works.”

3. Because these allegations "simply didn't happen," Cain will absolutely take a lie detector test - maybe.  Answering whether he would take the test, Cain said “Yes, I absolutely would. But I’m not going to do that unless I have a good reason to do that.” Evidently four women alleging sexual assault is not a good enough reason.

4. He's still running.“Ain’t gonna happen,” he said, addressing whether he will drop out of the race, “I will not be deterred by anonymous, false, incorrect accusations.”

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at November 8, 2011, 12:49pm