Herman Cain Smoking – A television ad for Cain’s campaign shows his manager smoking a cigarette. However, the Republican Presidential candidate said he was attempting to convey a message about letting “people be people” and was not intending to suggest that cigarettes are cool.
The video went viral this month with some 1 million clicks to his campaign website. The ad shows his top adviser, Mark Block, taking a deep drag from a cigarette and slowly exhaling into the camera.
“I’m not a smoker. But I don’t have a problem if that’s his choice,” the candidate said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“So let Herman be Herman. Let Mark be Mark. Let people be people. This wasn’t intended to send any subliminal signal whatsoever,” the candidate said.
Cain, who was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer in 2006 and has said he’s been cancer-free since 2007, was chided about the ad by his interviewer, Bob Schieffer, a bladder cancer survivor.
“Mark Block smokes. That’s all that ad says,” he said. “We weren’t trying to say it’s cool to smoke. You have a lot of people in this country that smoke. But what I respect about Mark as a smoker … he never smokes around me or smokes around anyone else. He goes outside.”