HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is scheduled to appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday hoping to bolster the nation’s sense of humor, but likely not to answer questions regarding sexual harassment allegations.

Cain campaign’s chief of staff Mark Block told Fox News Channel on Friday that the campaign will no longer answer questions related to the accusations that Cain sexually harassed at least three female employees when he was chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Cain has repeatedly denied the allegations, first reported last Sunday by the political news website Politico. His campaign has called them “thinly sourced” and “unsubstantiated personal attacks.”

The appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” stems in part from a pizza-related sketch Kimmel did on Cain about a month ago, said J.D. Gordon, the Cain campaign’s vice president of communications and foreign policy adviser.

“We all laughed,” Gordon said.

A producer from Kimmel’s show contacted the Cain campaign the following day and invited the former Godfather’s Pizza president and chief executive officer to appear on the program, Gordon told City News Service.

“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for us,” Gordon said. “Mr. Cain has said for months now that America needs a sense of humor and to the extent that he appears on shows like with Mr. Kimmel, I think he can help achieve that.”

Cain appeared on the NBC late-night talk show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Sept. 30.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs at midnight. Cain’s appearance will be taped earlier in the day at the show’s set at the El Capitan Entertainment Center in Hollywood.

Cain also has “a couple of private events” planned for his trip to Southern California, Gordon said

Several recent polls have put Cain in a statistical tie with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Most of the polls were conducted before reports sexual harassment allegations first surfaced.

Financially, the scandal has yet to hurt Cain with voters. Immediately following the first allegations, his campaign staff said more than $1 million in donations poured in.

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Comments (9)
  1. swhitS says:

    What’s so funny about sex harassment and 9.3 trillion dollars missing from the FED he protects?

  2. Anthony Look says:

    Lets give Herman Cain a proper misogynist western greeting of OCCUPY Adultererous Sexaual Assaulter Cain; with signs and all sorts of welcoming chants.

  3. Cynthia says:

    Talking about drinking the Kool aid, here’s a man that wants only the rich and corporations to get tax refunds while the rest of us (who DO PAY TAXES ALREADY) to pay even more! does he really believe that these companies are going to be so grateful that they are going to lower their prices, move back to America, and hire our jobless? If he does, he’s a fool! And that’s before being that a company paid 2 women on unverified claims. Women that have been under gag orders. Wonder what they threatened them with to shut them up when they quote ‘lifted’ them. I’m not a liberal and I’m not going to act like one by following blindly just because some conservatives or Tea Party says I should. And right now Cain is doing Class wars just as much as Obama is!

  4. JC says:

    Stay outta the west! This is Ron Paul territory!

    1. LJP305 says:

      Ron Paul will never do or be a force for doing anything meaningful his supporters want him to do because he will never be elected President of the United States or to a position in which he could accomplish anything meaningful or influence the accomplishment of anything meaningful. He can raise enough money in political contributions to keep his name in front of a portion of the electorate because as Christine O’Donnell & Sharon Angle proved in 2010 the pool of foolish campaign contributors is wide & deep enough to enable politicians whose performance is just passable to qualify for political primary debates. But just as O’Donnell & Angle were only able to be a spoiler by knocking-off more worthy primary opponents who like would have won in a general election but couldn’t garner enough votes to be elected a Senator, Paul is only able to be a spoiler by roughing-up or knocking-off primary political opponents of his own party or be elected a Representative from the TX’s 14th Congressional District (which btw is larger in area but less populated than Massachusetts), and that would change to unelectable if Ron Paul does not continue to appeal to Tea Partiers with his quirky talk.

  5. LJP305 says:

    The Herman “I Don’t Have Facts To Back This UP” Cain campaign tries to deflect questions about being hurt by the sexual harassment allegations by offering that it has raised $2million in donations during the week since the Press broke (made-up) this scandal. However, as Christine O’Donnell & Sharon Angle proved in 2010 the pool of foolish Republican campaign contributors is wide & deep enough to enable less than stellar politicians with shaky unsuitable backgrounds to remain in contention to qualify for Republican primary debates. But just as O’Donnell & Angle were only able to be spoilers by knocking-off more worthy primary opponents but couldn’t garner enough votes to be elected Senator from DE or NV, Cain, while not having to deny he is a ghost or mention those second amendment remedies, is (like O’Donnell & Angle) able to provide late night TV comedian and SNL writers sufficient material to keep this sector of the US economy gainfully employed as long as he remains a candidate.

  6. Brandon says:

    The people handling Cain are making a big mistake. If he would just take the time to show what is wrong with the report(??????) then the problem would be over. Since he cannot do that since the reports are true that is why he is running from the questions.

  7. wain says:

    I read that one of the acusers have retained the services of the daughter of the devil himself GLORIA ALLRED.

  8. Timmy Tuttle says:


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