Allen West: I'm Not Telling Cain to Quit

Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 05:28 PM

By Paul Scicchitano

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Rep. Allen West took to social media this afternoon to insist that he is not telling embattled GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain to drop out of the race.

“I am not telling Cain to step down. That's his decision,” insisted West on Twitter. “But let’s stop talking about ‘alleged incidents’ and start talking about real issues!”

The Florida Republican also said that the media has been trying to pit the two men against one another.

“The media is trying to put me against Herman Cain. I guess it’s good for them to see two black men against each other,” explained West, acknowledging that the media focus on Cain’s alleged affair is a distraction.

He added that “we as a country need to move on from this subject and get the focus on what the GOP contenders can seriously do for this country.”

West was reacting to a Politico report which interpreted his statement on a morning radio program as a call for Cain to pull out of the race.

Earlier Wednesday, West called Cain a “distracter” and said he needs to “move on.

"I think that really beyond reassessing his campaign, he probably needs to understand that he is a distracter for what's going on right now, and we should move on,” West told the WMAL Morning Majority radio show.

“That would be my advice to him if I had the opportunity and he asked me."


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