A little-known businessman in the past and a Republican front-runner in present, spoke at a conference Tuesday morning, one day after a Georgia woman claimed she had carried on a 13-year affeair with the candidate.
Herman said that he was reassessing his campaign because of the story, which became quite popular a month ago, after four women alleged the candidate sexually harassed them in the 1990s.
However, Cain’s plains remained unclear. His personal secretary, Lin Wood, said the candidate would decide over the “next several days” whether “plow ahead”.
Having undergone dismissing criticism for months, Cain essentially was admitting something new: “This one had hurt.”
“With this latest one, we have to do an assessment,” Cain said. He denied the latest allegation, as he has already denied the others. “As to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people’s minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth.”
In a letter sent yesterday, Cain referred to White as “a troubled Atlanta businesswoman” who “used national media outlets to promulgate a fabricated, unsubstantiated story” that they had an affair.
“I am writing you today to assure you that this woman’s story is completely false,” he said.
“I am not deterred,” he added. “We will continue on this journey to make America great once again.”
“It was a very casual affair,” she said. “Am I proud to admit to that? No, I am not,” said the woman in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
“This was not sex for cash,” White told reporters.
In case Cain drops out of the race, the most benefit would get former House speaker, Newt Gingrich, who has surged in the polls as Cain has declined. When Texas Gov.
Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann have faded, Gingrich could make the case that he is best chance for conservatives to challenge former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
“I think it benefits Newt because it is in Romney’s interests to have the conservative vote as widely dispersed as possible,” said Rich Galen, a former Gingrich’s aide.
In a speech at Hillsdale College in Michigan, Cain stated his position for a foreign policy based on “peace through strength and clarity.”
Cain seems to find the possibility to make a quick exit from the presidential run. The news network NY1 reported he cancelled a private dinner arranged for Dec. 4 in New Yourk with some of the city’s journalists and politicians, in case he dropped out.
“We have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people’s minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth,” Cain told his staff on yesterday’s call. “If a decision is made different than to plow ahead, you all will be the first to know.”
J.D. Gordon, the campaign’s communications director, said Cain was “looking forward to getting back on message”.
“It’s a reassessment of where we stand and the road ahead, similar to other times in the campaign’s history,” Gordon wrote in an email. “He is not thinking of dropping out of the race. He is simply reassessing the state of the campaign. We intend to be full speed ahead.” [via Washington Post and Bloomberg]