11/01/2011 03:40 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Story Not Planted By GOP Rivals, According To GOP Rivals

WHODUNIT? Who was it that dropped the sexual harassment dime on Herman Cain? Over at The Hill, Cameron Joseph gathers all of Cain's GOP rivals into the same room to play the "My prime suspect is someone in this very room!" game. "Nope, didn't do it," said every GOP campaign:

"Every time one of the other campaigns gets a bad story they try to blame us," said Perry spokesperson Mark Miner. "It's way off-base. It's completely inaccurate."

Mitt Romney's campaign issued a similar response. "We had absolutely nothing to do with it," said Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul.

Obviously, these are the sorts of reactions one would expect this sort of inquiry to elicit. Still, one of these days, some politician's flack might respond by saying, "Wow. I totally didn't expect you to ask! Well, you got us."

Also denying involvement are the campaigns of Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul, who's already been pretty outspoken against the political debate devolving into sideshow issues:

"We plan to go after Mr. Cain, and Romney and Perry for that matter, over issues like their support of bailouts and TARP," said Ron Paul spokesman Jesse Benton. "Our campaign stays away from the personal attacks and mud slinging."

That leaves Gary Johnson, Fred Karger and Buddy Roemer. And while none of them are the likely culprit, they probably would still appreciate a call.

Perry, Romney camps flatly deny pushing Cain allegations [The Hill]

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