Hermain Cain’s meeting with Union Leader’s cancelled

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain returned to New Hampshire on Thursday for the first time in about a month, but couldn’t spare time for the state’s largest newspaper, an influential force among the group of voters he needs.

A scheduled meeting with the New Hampshire Union Leader’s editorial board was canceled about an hour before it was to begin. There was disagreement over whether the meeting would be videotaped. The Union Leader typically allows filming of its meetings with presidential candidates; Cain’s campaign refused to allow it.

The newspaper is an influential voice among New Hampshire conservatives.

The development came several days after Cain appeared to struggle to respond when questioned about Libya during an interview with a Milwaukee newspaper, which was videotaped and went viral after it was posted on the Internet.

Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said the Union Leader canceled.

“We would like to do something with them in the future,” he told The Associated Press.

Cain’s trip was his first to the Granite State since a GOP candidates’ debate about a month ago. Much has changed since then in what has been a rollercoaster race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Cain briefly shot up in the polls, but has struggled to maintain momentum following allegations of sexual misconduct and questions about his preparedness.

“The thing that we are learning is that the more successful you are in your campaign, the more disciplined you have to be because there are even more demands on your time,” Cain told The Associated Press.

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