On Meet the Press, the former news anchor blasted Block, Herman Cain’s chief of staff, for smoking in a campaign video. “On the Cain thing, I was stunned by that ad that he did with his campaign manager, ending up smoking a cigarette,” Brokaw said. “In my judgment, that is one of the great health hazards in America in terms of lethal diseases.”
“I think that maybe 9-9-9 stands for, ‘you get nine months to live with lung cancer, nine months to live with emphysema, nine months to live with coronary-artery disease.’ I can’t imagine why they thought that was an effective image,” he added.
A second later, GOP consultant Mike Murphy quipped: “You look at Cain’s travel schedule — he’s in Alabama doing book tours — I’m not sure it was tobacco that the guy was smoking.”