The Washington Times - November 1, 2011, 01:20PM

A new report claims that Republican presidential contender Herman Cain voted for Democrat Bill Clinton for president in his first run, as well as for two Nebraska Democratic candidates in the past.

In a story on the Nebraska Watchdog website, Joe Jordan writes that Mr. Cain supported Mr.Clinton during his 1992 presidential bid, 17 months before he squared off with Mr. Clinton over his push to overhaul the national health care system.


“According to J. D. Gordon, Cain’s vice-president of communications, Clinton was the last Democratic candidate for President that Cain supported,” the report says. “Gordon tells Nebraska Watchdog that by 1996 Cain — who had joined up with Jack Kemp, the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate — had ‘changed’ to the Republican Party.”

The report comes as Mr. Cain continues to push back against allegations that he sexually harassed two female subordinates while serving as president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. He says the claims were totally false and that an investigation showed they were baseless, though he also was aware that at least one of the women received a financial separation agreement.

Mr. Cain is not the only GOP White House hopeful to back Democrats in the past. In 1988, Rick Perry, then a Democrat, supported Al Gore’s bid for president in the presidential primaries. In 1989, he switched parties.