Herman Cain insisted Sunday that his now-viral campaign video featuring chief of staff Mark Block dragging on a cigarette was not meant to send a message that smoking is cool.
The GOP presidential candidate, appearing on CBS' Face the Nation, was chided by host Bob Schieffer for the Web video, which now has been viewed about 1.3 million times on YouTube.
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"One of the themes within this campaign is let Herman be Herman," Cain said. "Mark Block is a smoker and we say let Mark be Mark. Let people be people."
But Schieffer, who battled bladder cancer, pushed back on Cain's assertion that there was no subliminal message behind the Web video. The TV journalist called on the former pizza executive -- who is also a cancer survivor -- to come out and say he's not endorsing smoking. Schieffer has blamed his cancer on smoking.
"Young people of America, all people, do not smoke. It is hazardous and it's dangerous to your health. Don't smoke," Cain said. At Schieffer's behest he added: "It is not a cool thing to do."
"Let people be who they are...rather than try to restrict who they are." Cute, very cute. Unless you're gay, or atheist, or a liberal, or pro choice...
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