An hour after Herman Cain announced on live television that he expected to soon face another accusation of infidelity, Atlanta’s FOX 5 news aired a segment with a local woman named Ginger White who claimed to have engaged in a thirteen-year affair with the Republican presidential candidate.
FOX 5 contacted White after receiving a phone tip from someone who knew her, and White — who says she had already been contacted by several other news outlets that had been similarly tipped off — agreed to a taped interview.
Herman Cain was scheduled to appear on CNN’s “The Situation Room” this afternoon to talk about his “9-9-9″ tax plan and his new, six-minute animated video, “9-9-9: The Movie,” which advocates for his alternative to the “dorky mechanical monster” that he says symbolizes the federal tax code.
But the conversation quickly detoured when Cain told CNN that a woman, later identified as Ginger White, would soon go public with claims that she had a thirteen-year affair with Cain.
Newt Gingrich delighted a crowd of supporters with jokes about President Obama’s debating skills and “ego” at a campaign stop in Naples, Florida, over the weekend, where he repeated his promise to challenge Obama to “seven Lincoln-Douglas style debates” in the general election.
Gingrich, who described the debates as, “two adults, talking about the nation,” told the crowd that if Obama wanted to use a teleprompter during the debates, “it would be fine” with him. “It has to be fair,” he said to cheers.
The eight leading GOP presidential candidates met at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for a two-hour debate on national security and foreign policy. Here are some of the most significant exchanges of the night:
The Republican National Committee has posted a new web ad charging Obama with a “lack of leadership” around the deficit super committee. The video weaves together clips of political pundits and Democrats describing Obama with terms such as “hands off,” “invisible,” and “not a leader,” before cutting to pictures of Obama playing basketball, golf, and football, laughing, hanging art, sipping a drink through a straw, talking on the phone with his feet up on his desk, and gazing out of an airplane window – all meant to suggest, it seems, that the president is too busy having fun to lead, particularly when it comes to getting the country on the right fiscal track.
Check it out here:
The Democratic National Committee released a new, post-debate ad this morning accusing Mitt Romney of being “dishonest” and “extreme” on immigration. The video, which contrasts Romney’s comments at last night’s debate with those made by rival Newt Gingrich, asks “On immigration, who is being honest about the challenges we face?”
Romney is seen arguing that granting amnesty to illegal immigrants will be a “magnet”: “If people who come here illegally are going to get to stay, that will encourage more people to come illegally,” he said. Gingrich, by comparison, took a more moderate approach, suggesting Americans may not ultimately be comfortable with the implications of the policy Romney suggested:
Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots, played a tune that sounded an awful lot like the song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” as Michele Bachmann joined the host on set Monday night. The chorus of the song, by the alternative rock group Fishbone, is “la la la la la la la la la,” which the band members sang as Bachmann took her seat.
There was no indication whether Fallon played a role in the song choice, although today he tweeted that @questlove, the drummer for The Roots, “is grounded.”
Democrats are calling Mitt Romney “dishonest”and “a serial deceiver” after the release of a new Romney campaign ad that quotes Obama out of context. The ad, which attacks Obama’s record on the economy, splices together comments Obama made in New Hampshire in 2008, including this one: “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”
The only problem is that Obama was actually quoting someone else — an aide to John McCain. Obama’s full quote was: “Senator McCain’s campaign actually said, and I quote, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’”
At a campaign stop in Iowa yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he believes that the West Bank was justly acquired by Israel during war, so that today, “all the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians.”
Israeli settlements in the West Bank are legitimate, he said, because the area was “ground that was gained during war” after “an aggressive attack on the part of Jordan and other countries on Israel”:
Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich told an audience on Friday that “truly stupid” child labor laws are entrapping children in America’s poorest neighborhoods.
“Okay, you say to somebody, you shouldn’t go to work before you’re what, fourteen, sixteen years of age,” he said. “Fine. You’re totally poor. You’re in a school that is failing with a teacher that is failing.”