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Herman Cain 2016: What 5 Leading Pundits Say About Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 08:13 PM

When businessman Herman Cain lit up the Republican presidential field in 2012, commentators on the left and right were amazed at his rise to prominence, and many are interested in the fact that his name is once again on a list of potentials for 2016.

With his name coming up as a possible 2016 presidential contender, let’s take a look at what was said about by pundits during the 2012 race to get an idea of what Herman Cain may face if he decides to run again:

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1. Columnist and television panelist George Will, appearing on ABC’s "This Week with Christiane Amanpour," said of Cain’s staying power in the 2012 presidential race: “We’re having a kind of Andy Warhol primary where everybody is leader for 15 minutes and Cain’s turn today, but it’s not clear that Cain has staying power. He’s not running for president, sort of strolling for president without an infrastructure. It’s pretty and cute and nice but whether or not it works we can be doubtful.”

2. Giving Herman Cain credit for “not play(ing) the race card,” Armstrong Williams wrote for The Cutting Edge News in 2011: “If biography got (Barack) Obama and (Massachusetts Governor) Deval Patrick elected, then surely Cain warrants the same success.”

“But Cain has not taken this easy way out; nor have his supporters focused on his race; in fact, Cain has insisted on making his campaign primarily about his 9-9-9 tax reforms. This is admirable. But something very strange — that is, if we are to believe the liberal media — has happened. The Tea Party has abandoned (Texas Governor) Rick Perry for Herman Cain. What is allegedly strange about this is that the Tea Party — we are told — is racist, or at least unconsciously so.”

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3. Writing of Cain’s standing as of late 2011 despite being dogged by sexual harassment allegations, commentator Michael Reagan — son of President Ronald Reagan — wrote for Cagle Cartoons that Cain was “emerging as a tough and determined fighter — qualities the American people admire.”

4. Regarding Cain’s statement, later retracted, about hiring Muslims for federal government positions, columnist Kathleen Parker wrote in The Washington Post in July 2011: “Cain isn’t a bigot or a hater, but he was uninformed and reacted as the relatively inexperienced politician that he is. He has thought better of it, as people are allowed to do, and his final statement is that all Americans acting within the law may practice their faith as they please.”

5. Wondering at the motive behind sexual harassment accusations against Cain, and likening the accusations to the Salem witch trials, Ann Coulter wrote in 2011: “With no standard other than the subjective offense taken by the accuser, absolutely anyone could be called a witch, i.e., a sexual harasser.”

"It's striking that the only two conservative public figures accused of being witches both happened to be conservative blacks: Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain. Liberals go straight to ugly racist stereotypes when attacking conservative blacks, calling them oversexualized, stupid, and/or incompetent."

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