The Corner

Cain Wrap

After Herman Cain spoke at Hillsdale College last night, The Collegian–the student paper, which I advise–snagged an interview with him:

“I’m done with the allegations,” Cain said. “The allegations have been made, I denied them — three times.”

Cain is married and has two adult children. He said that continuing to respond to the allegations distracted from his larger purpose.

“I’m not going to get into that because that gets me off message,” he said. “I’m going to let my crisis management person answer those questions. And my attorney.”

Cain said his comment about “reassessment” did not mean he was dropping out of the race.

“There’s another option,” he said. “Modify the strategy, modify the campaign. Stay in, but with a modified strategy given everything that’s going on.”

In this context, he said that might mean considering a change in campaign emphasis.

“We have had an early state strategy and a national strategy going on simultaneously,” he said. “But because of all the controversy, we are reconsidering. Do we do both?”

“That’s the reassessment that we are doing — reassessing the strategy.” …

“The media think that it is black-and-white, go or no-go. They’re focusing on the allegations. The political establishment, they’re looking at it from the perspective that I should never have been in the race in the first place,” he said. “But the people had a different idea. That’s who I’m listening to. The reassessment isn’t based on what the media wants, or what the establishment wants, but what the people want.”

“I listen to the people.”

Separately, Katy Bachelder and Ingrid Jacques filed their own reports on Cain’s appearance at Hillsdale College.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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