THE FIVE

Herman Cain Denies Allegations

What are the implications for 2012?

 

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," November 8, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: So, how should Cain's Republican rivals handle these latest developments?

Andrea, what's their response, if any, after coming out of this press conference?

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: I think they'd say nothing. I don't think they touch this with a 10-foot pole. I think they need to get back to their own messages and get back to -- and let Cain deal with this. Same thing with the Democrats. They're not going to touch this one.

GUILFOYLE: Can he get the nomination after this?

TANTAROS: You know, I think it remains to be seen. I mean, his numbers are still decent in Iowa. There's still a pathway for him.

Again, it just depends on will more women come out? Will the details come out? Are there going to be more accusations? And how is he going to handle them?

But, look, I think another question a lot of people are thinking is, if they didn't think he could get the nomination, does this make him viable for V.P?

GUILFOYLE: Yes.

TANTAROS: Or is it going to knock him out completely?

GUILFOYLE: Or does he tarnish the ticket?

TANTAROS: And then who does the support go to if he does lose? A lot of people are saying, maybe Newt Gingrich. My question is, though, if you are so offended by these sexual allegations, do you naturally go to a Newt Gingrich or do you go to a squeaky clean conservative like Rick Santorum?

GUILFOYLE: Right.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: Yes, it's kind of hard to go to Newt from Cain over that if you're talking about personal character issues.

GUILFOYLE: Yes.

TANTAROS: But it could -- I mean, it could be split --

GUTFELD: Yes, that's true.

TANTAROS: -- to Santorum and Gingrich.

GUTFELD: I think it raises questions more about his organization, which I thought was refreshing that he wasn't a politician. But the way it's been going, it makes you wonder.

TANTAROS: Eric, that's the most serious thing you said.

GUTFELD: I'm out of jokes.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: I think the GOP -- the rest of them -- the one I would like to hear from is Michele Bachmann to be honest and Rick Perry because there were some accusations and whatnot. I think they all did OK, let's move on. If they are smart, they'll say let's get back to what matters. What's the economy doing?

Because that's what will put GOP right, a conservative and/or Republican in office in 2012 is addressing the economy and addressing the jobs.

GUILFOYLE: He's trying to do that. He's trying to address jobs and economy and through his 9-9-9 plan. And again, we said that, you know, raised $2 million in the last week. It's not significant in terms of having a really serious presidential campaign, but in the entire reporting period from June to September, $2.8 million. So, he almost matched --

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: The thing you keep in mind about this, when you are in a crisis like this, your base comes to you. It helps you financially.

That's -- so I'm not surprised he raised that money.

Just also remember that he did -- Eric referenced it -- that he did at one point accuse the Perry campaign of doing this. And then he walked it back the next day. He has been somewhat inconsistent on this.

I think the person who benefits from any of these things the person with momentum, that is Newt Gingrich right now. I also think in the end that Herman Cain will not get the nomination because he is tainted fairly or unfairly.

By the way, I'm going to stop disciplining myself. I came close to swearing again. So, here's for the swear box. That's my money.

GUILFOYLE: Don't you have a five or a 10? Making the point.

All right. Greg, let's go around real quick and say give him, you know, a grade.

GUTFELD: I say I thought it was very strong. I thought -- it was a really strong performance, very forceful. So, I give him an "A". But I have a feeling this isn't over.

GUILFOYLE: Yes, he said it's not over. He said you're probably going to have more people coming forward -- Andrea.

TANTAROS: Yes, the question is do we believe these women who have these complicated back stories and legal trouble of their own? You know, that's going to play out in the next couple of days.

I said it before -- I think he gets an "A" for this. I would have done it earlier. But this was handled very well. He is not messing around as you referenced, Kimberly. He brought in the big guns. That is a serious attorney. He is doing it right. He should move on now.

GUILFOYLE: Because guess what? If they keep talking Lin Wood, he's going to sue them.

TANTAROS: Yes. Turn the page now, and get back to 9-9-9.

GUILFOYLE: Yes.

BOLLING: I would absolutely give him an A-plus and also point out that Lin Wood is much better at his side than Mark Block, the smoking guy.

Remember what happened with that? He really, really messed that up. Had he gotten Lin Wood to start with, maybe we wouldn't be sitting here and wondering whether or not Herman Cain was still viable candidate.

By the way, he is still at the top of the polls, too.

GUILFOYLE: You can't deny it. He still hangs there.

BECKEL: Also, I want to say about Lin Wood, though, is that if you bring in high-powered attorney, it raises questions about why you need a high-power attorney.

GUTFELD: But look at the other side. You have Gloria Allred. If

she was Native American, her name would be fingernails on a chalkboard.

BECKEL: You're telling me. I'm still trying to figure out

GUILFOYLE: Do you spell that phonetically? OK.

BECKEL: I want to know what planet she came from.

Look, until he made the allegations about the Democrats, I would have given him an "A." I give him a "B." I don't think this is over. And in the end, he simply cannot get the Republican nomination.

GUILFOYLE: All right. Well, there we go. I think we're going to have a little Bob's prediction pretty soon. I agree. Give him an "A."

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