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Cain gets testy with reporters asking about sexual harassment allegations

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain got testy with a group of reporters chasing him throughout a hotel in the suburbs of Washington on Wednesday, refusing to discuss the story about harassment allegations lodged at him back in the 1990s.

“Let me say one thing,” Cain told the scrum of reporters. “I’m here with these doctors and that’s what I’m going to talk about. So don’t even bother asking me all of these other questions that you all are curious about. Don’t even bother.”

When reporters began asking him about the allegations — that Cain has repeatedly denied this week — Cain raised his voice.

“What did I say? Excuse me. Excuse me,” Cain said.

Cain was speaking to the group Docs4PatientCare at the group’s annual meeting in Alexandria, Va. Docs4PatientCare, according to a release, is “an organization of concerned physicians committed to the establishment of a health care system that preserves the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship.” They invited Cain to “discuss his support for repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with common sense, consumer-driven reforms.”

After several reporters, photographers and hotel staff got into an argument when people were being shoved during the scrum, several doctors, wearing white lab coats, expressed distaste for the press and their questions.

“Well your job is not telling me how to do mine,” one photographer shouted back to one doctor. “I don’t tell you how to do surgery.”

Cain gave brief remarks on health care, but didn’t take any questions afterwards.

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