Google said Monday that they do not comment on specific YouTube videos, but that sometimes videos are mistakingly removed from the service.
a video flagged by users or identified by our spam team is mistakenly
taken down. When this is brought to our attention, we review the content
and take appropriate action, including reinstating videos that had been
removed," a Google spokesman said.
Cain acknowledged that the video was back up in a subsequent tweet:
Cain has used provocative commercials to make headlines before. In an ad released earlier in the month, a goldfish drowning after its fishbowl breaks is used as an extended metaphor for "the economy on stimulus." Cain later assured concerned viewers that the fish was rescued before suffocating entirely.
During his presidential bid, Cain's commercials drew similar notoriety. In one, campaign manager Mark Block was shown puffing a cigarette and blowing smoke into the camera.
—This post was updated at 3:15 p.m.