Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is not the type of person who would sexually harass women, his wife, Gloria Cain, said in excerpts of a Fox News interview released Sunday.
In an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that is scheduled to air on Monday evening, Gloria Cain stands by her husband’s side.
She said she could not believe the charges levied against him, telling Van Susteren: “I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said.”
“You hear the graphic allegations, and we know that would have been something that’s totally disrespectful of her as a woman. And I know the type of person he is. He totally respects women,” Gloria Cain said in the interview, to air Monday on the Fox program “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”
Cain’s wife of 43 years has remained largely hidden from public view as her husband seeks the party’s nomination to run against President Barack Obama in 2012.
Herman and Gloria Cain were married in 1968 and have two adult children — a daughter, Melanie, and a son, Vincent — and grandchildren.
Four women have made allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior by Cain, including two who settled harassment claims while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association.
“I looked at especially this last lady and the things that she said, and I’m thinking, ‘He would have to have a split personality to do the things that she said,'” Gloria Cain said of Bialek.
Gloria Cain said she doesn’t often think about living in the White House. “Sometimes I let myself go there, but then I try to pull myself back in that I don’t want to start projecting too far in the future because I would worry more and I try to take one day at a time. “
She continued: “And in that way, if or when, that happens, then I have faith that the Lord will have me ready to do whatever I need to do that’s going to help him.”
Herman Cain, a former business executive who has never held public office, has denied the sexual harassment accusations.
Two weeks ago, Gloria Cain was scheduled to speak on Fox News, but canceled her appearance. A few days later, Herman Cain appeared on “Geraldo At Large,” revealing that his wife took the controversy “harder than I did.”
A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Thursday and Friday showed Cain with 20% support among Republicans, second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who polled 28%. [via Los Angeles Times, Reuters and Huff Post]