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Cain Chief of Staff Explains Smoking Web Video

The video of Cain chief of staff Mark Block (posted by Bob Costa last night) touting Herman Cain and ending on a lingering shot of Block smoking has gone viral — and created plenty of reactions across the Internet.

“There was no subliminal message,” Block told Fox News host Megyn Kelly in an interview today. “In fact, I personally would encourage people not to smoke. It’s just that I’m a smoker. A lot of the people on the staff said ‘Just let Block be Block.’ That’s what it was all about. To tell people that the Cain message is resonating across America and whether it’s 9-9-9 or whether it’s the new opportunities zones roll-out in Detroit last week. The campaign is on a roll and the momentum is with us.”

So who was Block hoping to appeal to? 

“I tell you, you walk into a veteran’s bar in Iowa and they’re sitting around smoking and you know we are resonating with them,” he said. “I’m not the only one that smokes in America for God’s sake.” 


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Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...