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Herman Cain: Karl Rove Deliberately Trying to 'Damage' Me

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"If I become the nominee, he has given Democrats talking points for a commercial to attack me."

Appearing on Fox News Monday morning, GOP strategist Karl Rove unveiled a laundry list of gaffes made by Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain on a variety of political issues.

Using a whiteboard to outline Cain's missteps on: abortion, taxes, terrorism, neoconservatism, the Mideast, and other topics, Rove stated, "The whole effect of this is to not create an image, I think, of him being a flip-flopper."

"I think it's to create an image of being not up to the task."

In a phone call response with Washington Examiner correspondent Byron York, Cain blasted, "It's a good thing the voters are not looking at Karl Rove's little whiteboard."

Cain added, "I believe it is a deliberate attempt to damage me because I am not, quote unquote, the establishment choice.  But why not go with the choice that the people seem to like?"

The Examiner adds:

Cain accused Rove of bias in favor of candidates with big organizations, lots of money, and prior experience in political office -- all things Cain doesn't have. "What has Karl Rove done?" Cain continued.  "If I become the nominee, he has given Democrats talking points for a commercial to attack me.  It makes no sense unless it's a deliberate attempt on his part to try to push me down so that the candidate he wants rises to the top."

When asked which candidate he believes Rove supports, Cain said, "I believe he wants Romney to get it."

Rove strongly denies Cain's charges. "Herman Cain is the one giving the Democrats material for attack ads," Rove said in a phone conversation Monday afternoon.  "I want the strongest nominee to emerge from the process.  I have no personal favorite.  Fox expects me to call balls and strikes as I see them."

Rove said that even though Cain has made a number of mistakes, it is not too late for his campaign to recover.  "Every candidate is entitled to a few mulligans," Rove said.  "Because of his energy and passion, he gets more than the normal number of mulligans.  But he's running out of them.  And he should not expect everybody to be cheerleading every mistake he makes."

Mediaite provides the original interview with Karl Rove below:

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