CBS host Bob Schieffer scolded Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain Sunday for an online ad that prominently features his top advisor smoking a cigarette.
Cain explained that while he doesn’t personally smoke, he didn’t have a problem with Mark Block’s smoking hadbit: “I don’t have a problem if that’s his choice.”
“It sends a signal that it is cool to smoke,” Schieffer noted.
“No, it does not,” Cain argued. “Mark Block smokes. That’s all that ad says. We weren’t trying to say it’s cool to smoke. We have a lot of people in this country that smoke, but what I respect about Mark as a smoker, who is my chief of staff, he never smokes around me or smokes around anyone else. He goes outside.”
“He smokes on television,” Schieffer pointed out.
“If they listen to the message where he said America has never seen a candidate like Herman Cain. That was the main point of it. The bit on the end we didn’t know whether it would be funny to some people or whether they were going to ignore it or whatever the case may be,” Cain said.
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