The man behind Herman Cain's "Smoking Man" video is Mark Block. Block is the presidential hopeful's chief of staff. The campaign video certainly has stirred up plenty of controversy, and it is unlike anything else to say the least.
After Block says "We've run a campaign like nobody has ever seen," he then pulls a drag from a cigarette hence the "Smoking Man" video. What is the point of it though? Obviously smoking is not glamorous or advisable. Is the Cain campaign just trying to get attention?
Needless to say this video has gone viral. Most people wonder, what does it mean? Is he commenting on the fact that presidential campaigns blow smoke at voters, so it's not real? Is he courting smokers? Could a Herman Cain presidency mean that smokers regain some of their rights?
Ultimately Mark Block spoke to the video's meaning. He said, "There was no subliminal message. In fact, I personally would encourage people not to smoke. It's just that I'm a smoker and a lot of people on the staff said, 'Just let Block be Block.' That's what it's all about."
Really? That's it? Is Herman Cain going rogue in 2012? If this "Smoking Man" video says anything, it seems to be saying that. They are not going to be the status quo. The question is, was smoking a smart way to get that message across? Given how hated smoking is these days, that seems debatable for sure.
What do you think? Was this a smart move for the Herman Cain campaign? Check out the "Smoking Man" video below.
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