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Cain: Smoking Ad Was Letting 'People Be People'

CBS host Schieffer hammers GOP frontrunner for glamorizing smoking
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 30, 2011 11:35 AM CDT
Herman Cain: Mark Block Smoking Ad Was Letting 'People Be People'
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2011 file photo, Republican Presidential candidate, Herman Cain campaigns in Talladega, Ala. They’ve rolled the dice. The top Republican presidential rivals are locked in a game of one-upmanship, each trying to outdo the other in offering the boldest economic plan for the party’s...   (Dave Martin)

(Newser) – Herman Cain got a dressing-down from Bob Schieffer this morning over the viral video of aide Mark Block smoking, with the GOP frontrunner defending it as self-expression. “One of the things within this campaign is, let Herman be Herman,” Cain explained. “Mark Block is a smoker, and we say, let Mark be Mark." That wasn't good enough for Schieffer, a cancer survivor, who hammered Cain for glamorizing smoking. “No, it does not,” Cain retorted. “Mark Block smokes. That’s all that ad says.”

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After Schieffer lambasted him for not raising the level of discourse as frontrunner, Cain, himself a cancer survivor, said, "We will do that, Bob. It was not intended to offend anyone." Prompted further by the host, Cain addressed the camera, notes Politico: “Young people of America, all people, do not smoke. It is hazardous and it’s dangerous to your health." Egged on yet again, Cain added: “It is not a cool thing to do." Click for Jon Huntsman's daughters' take on the video. (Read more Herman Cain stories.)

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