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Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain speaks during a Republican Presidential Debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (Paul Sancya /AP Photo) Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain speaks during a Republican Presidential Debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (Paul Sancya /AP Photo)  

Herman Cain jokes about Anita Hill: ‘Is she going to endorse me?’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

While on the campaign trail in Michigan on Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain laughed along with a voter who joked about his having the support of Anita Hill. In 1991, Hill made sexual harassment accusations against then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings.

Like Thomas then, Cain finds himself fighting harassment accusations, which he flatly denies and says are an attempt to ruin him politically. Comparisons between Thomas and Cain have been made since the allegations against the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza surfaced in the media last week. (SEE ALSO: Complete coverage of presidential candidate Herman Cain)

The joke first aired on FOX News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier.

The audio available shows a person in the crowd first bringing up the subject, asking Cain if he had heard “the latest news today” about Hill. While the whole question is inaudible in the video, Cain responded, “Is she going to endorse me?” to the raucous laughter of those present.

Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon told The New York Times that “it was a joke.”

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