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Schieffer Scolds Cain: ‘It’s Not Funny to Me’


On Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer scolded Herman Cain for the campaign’s viral video.

“Let me just tell you, it’s not funny to me,” Schieffer said. “I am a cancer survivor, like you. I had cancer that’s smoking-related. I don’t think it serves the country well — and this is an editorial opinion here — to be showing someone smoking a cigarette.”

“And you’re the frontrunner now,” he continued. “And it seems to me, as frontrunner, you would have a responsibility to not take that kind of a tone. I would suggest that perhaps as the frontrunner, you would want to raise the level of the campaign.”

Cain, for his part, mostly shrugged off Schieffer’s criticism. “Smoking is not a cool thing to do,” he replied. “I’ve never smoked and I have encouraged people not to smoke.”


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