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Cain Faces Major Questions Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - With accusations of sexual harassment out in the open, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is facing a firestorm of questions.

On Sunday evening, Politico released a piece alleging that the GOP presidential candidate sexually harassed female employees during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association. Cain's camp was quick to denounce the claims, with spokesman J.D. Gordon telling the AP that the report was "dredging up thinly sourced allegations" from his tenure at the trade group.

Despite the controversy, Cain continued with his Monday schedule, discussing tax policy at the American Enterprise Institute. When asked about the harassment allegations, TPM reports that he dodged the question, saying "I will take all of the arrows later. I am going by the ground rules that my host set."

TPM's Ryan Reilly got wind of another comment from Cain regarding his personal mettle: "'Herman, be Herman.' And Herman is gonna stay Herman."

Cain's own thoughts aside, another staffer came to his defense on Monday. Chief of staff Mark Block appeared on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown", noting that the accusations within the article were "sourced to a series of unnamed or anonymous sources."

"Herman Cain has never sexually harassed anybody," Block told host Chuck Todd. "Period. End of story."

Republican strategist Karl Rove called into question Cain's own response, noting that the severity of the accusations warrants a "yes or no" answer.

"He's not denying but he ain't responding and that's not the best place to be," said Rove on Fox News, via Politico. "If these allegations are not true, say they aren't true and put it behind you. If not, better get everything out sooner rather than later because in a situation like this, if there is something there, that something's going to come out."

Cain was scheduled to appear on Fox News at 11:20 a.m. ET.

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