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Herman Cain is hiding behind a new security barrier of Secret Service agents — the first GOP candidate to request such protection in the 2012 campaign — and claims he wants the guards because of threats against him.
But a source close to the Cain campaign confirmed to Capitol Hill Blue this week that the candidate is more concerned about the threat of a free press than any potential assassin.
“He wants to keep reporters at bay,” the source said. “He sees the media as an enemy.”
In fact, Cain is so afraid of the press that he canceled a schedule interview Thursday with New Hampshire’s largest and most influential newspaper — the powerful Manchester Union-Leader.
Courting the Union-Leader is considered mandatory in presidential campaigns but Cain’s campaign is anything but conventional and his hatred of the press grows daily. Cain has retreated from interviews after a videotaped interview with the Milwaukee Journal turned into a public relations nightmare. During the interview, Cain stumbled over questions about Libya and contradicted himself by supporting collective bargaining rights.
The Union-Leader planned to videotape their interview with Cain but the candidate’s campaign first rejected the request to tape and then canceled the interview altogether.
That didn’t sit well with Union-Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid, who dismissed Cain as a failing candidate.
“It’s politics and campaigns. I don’t think he’s going anywhere from here at this point anyway,” McQuaid told Union Leader political reporter John DiStaso.