published Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Is Herman Cain dropping out of the presidential race?

Candidate tells aides he is reassessing campaign

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ATLANTA (AP) — Embattled presidential candidate Herman Cain told aides Tuesday that he's reassessing his campaign a day after an Atlanta businesswoman alleged a 13-year extramarital affair with the Republican.

Cain has denied the affair as well as several other accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior that have dogged his candidacy over the past month. Throughout it all, Cain has repeatedly vowed to stay in the race. Even so, he told senior staff in a mid-morning conference call lasting roughly 10 minutes that all public events will go forward this week but he will review the campaign's strategy over the next several days.

One participant on the call, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the conversation, said that as part of that assessment, Cain's campaign is examining the impact of the newest allegations. This person described the tone as positive but also said there was some uncertainty coming from Cain.

"He said obviously it's taken an emotional toll on his family, but he's moving ahead with the campaign," Steve Grubbs, Cain's Iowa campaign chairman and another person on the call, told The Associated Press. "He said that they will be reassessing the campaign," including how to move forward given that the allegations have damaged his fundraising.

Grubbs added: "He said this lady was a friend, someone he thought was a friend, that he was trying to help out financially and had been a friend for some period of time. But that nothing inappropriate occurred."

Publicly, Cain sought to project an aura of campaign business as usual even as his team worked behind the scenes to assess the fallout of the latest allegation. It came just five weeks before the Iowa caucuses that kick off the state-by-state voting process for the GOP nomination. Cain was set to deliver, as planned, a foreign policy speech at Hillsdale College in Michigan later Tuesday.

"Yes," said J.D. Gordon, Cain's spokesman, when asked early Tuesday whether Cain is definitely staying in the race.

After the conference call, Cain attorney Linn Wood told AP: "Any report that Mr. Cain has decided to withdraw his candidacy is inaccurate."

"I think they are assessing the situation, just as I would expect the campaign to do or any prudent business person to do," said Wood. He added that he would hate to see what he described as false accusations drive Cain out of the race for the presidency.

On Monday, Ginger White said in an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta that her affair with Cain ended not long before the former businessman from Georgia announced his candidacy for the White House.

"It was fun," said White, 46, as she described Cain buying her plane tickets for a rendezvous in Palm Springs, Calif. "It was something that took me away from my sort of humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting."

Cain went on television to flatly deny White's claims even before the report aired.

"Here we go again," Cain told CNN as he denied White's accusation. "I didn't do anything wrong."

He said in the interview that he would not abandon his bid in light of the allegations, "as long as my wife is behind me and as long as my wife believes I should stay in this race."

Wood, however, issued a public statement that included no such denial of the affair and suggested that the media — and the public — had no business snooping into the details of consensual conduct between adults.

Cain's response was faster and more deliberate than he had managed when it was reported that three women alleged he had sexually harassed or groped them when he was the president of the National Restaurant Association in the mid- to late 1990s. The trade group paid settlements to two women who had worked there.

As some conservative Republicans sought an alternative to Mitt Romney, Cain surged in the polls while pushing his 9-9-9 tax plan and providing tough criticism of President Barack Obama during televised debates.

But as the harassment allegations surfaced, Cain stumbled in explaining his views about U.S. policy toward Libya and other foreign policy issues, creating an opening for rival Newt Gingrich to assert himself as a more reliable, seasoned politician to challenge Romney and even Obama. Cain fell in the polls and Gingrich began to rise.

In a statement released immediately after the Fox 5 Atlanta story aired, Cain's campaign said detractors were trying to "derail the Cain Train with more accusations of past events that never happened."

In her interview, White said she decided to come forward after seeing Cain attack his other accusers in an appearance on television.

"It bothered me that they were being demonized, sort of, and being treated as if they were automatically lying, and the burden of proof was on them," she said. "I felt bad for them."

She said she first met Cain in the late 1990s in Louisville, Ky., when he was president of the National Restaurant Association. They had drinks and he invited her to his hotel room, she recalled.

She quoted Cain as telling her, "You're beautiful to me and I would love for us to continue this friendship," then produced his personal calendar and invited her to meet him in Palm Springs.

White has been accused of lying before. A former business partner, Kimberly Vay, filed a libel suit as part of a larger business dispute with White. Vay's attorney, Kurt Martin, said a judge sided with Vay after White failed to respond to the suit. Martin said a jury must still decide whether to award damages.

White's attorney, Edward Buckley, acknowledged the libel suit. He said White thought the libel claim had been settled as part of a larger settlement.

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Emersization said...

A friend of mine was on a conference call at 11:15am this morning with Herman Cain himself, where he explained to her that, once again, the accusations against him are COMPLETELY FALSE. He ALSO explained that he is NOT considering dropping out of the campaign, despite what the media is reporting. The campaign is moving forward as planned. Additionally, he shared that Ginger White WAS a friend of his (and his wife's) and she was a struggling unemployed single mom who received several eviction notices due to being unable to pay her rent. So being the good man that he is, Mr. Cain helped her out financially as a FRIEND, as he has done for other friends in the past. This is what you get for being a good person in this country. Isn't that freakin' great!?

Ginger White's track record - she filed for bankruptcy, has had several eviction notices with the most recent one being this past month, she's had lawsuits against her for stalking and for LIBEL, she accused a past employer of sexual harassment which was settled out of court, her EX stated he wouldn't put it past her to make false accusations against anyone for money, her lawyer is a left-wing Democrat and an Obama supporter who has donated over 4k to his campaign, etc.

Does none of this matter to anyone!?

I personally have ZERO respect for ANYONE so narrow-minded that they'll give ANY amount of consideration or credibility to ANY of these UNFOUNDED accusations. How can people be so easily led and influenced by the media?? Whatever happened to INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY? Do we not have minds of our own??

Honestly? All this does is make me support even more.

And is it just me?? Or does it seem absolutely INSANE that anyone would run for POTUS if they knew they had something THIS HUGE to hide!? I'd like to believe Cain is much smarter than that.

Instead of allowing this UNPROVEN crap to influence our support of Mr. Cain, maybe we should fight it with everything in our being with articles like the one below, which of course is not getting nearly the media attention as all the false accusations.

Source: Identity Protected

November 29, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

Emer, you forget, it was the Republicans who came out swinging attacking everyone's values and morals. Claiming theirs were only party to have them. Everyone else was without any morals or values, according to their logic. Now, all that preaching is coming back to haunt them.

Would anyone want someone with Cain's baggage leading this country? Someone who could easily be blackmailed into doing who knows what? Yes, I believe someone of Cain's nature, with a seedy past, would arrogantly run for office.

The accusations against Cain aren't comin from the leftist liberals. They're coming from his own Republican side. Republicans devour their own. He should have known, like in those old western and war movies, they always killed off the dark skins first.

November 29, 2011 at 3:11 p.m.
cildawg1 said...

Does anyone remember Gennifer Flowers who claimed that she had had a multi-year relationship with Bill Clinton? He became POTUS. So I believe everyone knew that Clinton had a little bit of "dog" in him. But they elected him anyway. I do believe that people will lie for money, but there is probably some truth to the story. It probably wasn't a love affair. It was probably just 13 years of "booty calls."

I would love to see Herman Cain get the nomination. I think he would be the easiest candidate for Obama to beat. Women won't vote for him. And a lot of racist won't appreciate all the white women who are coming out of his closet.

November 29, 2011 at 5:06 p.m.
cildawg1 said...

Oh,oh! The plot thickens:

"As evidence, she provided an Atlanta television station with records showing Cain had contacted her 61 times in text messages and phone calls over four different months. The TV station contacted the number White provided, and Cain returned the call."

http://www.canada.com/news/Cain+presidential+hopes+hanging+thread+over+scandal/5785384/story.html

November 29, 2011 at 5:32 p.m.
7Seventeen said...

The Republican National Convention is going to be amazing to watch next year.

November 29, 2011 at 5:50 p.m.
PinkSalmon said...

cildawg1 said.. @And a lot of racist won't appreciate all the white women who are coming out of his closet.

cildawg1, this last one claiming the 13 year affair doesn't appear to be white. Look closely at her physical features. She's what use to be referred to in the African-American community as a red bone. A very light skinned African-American or mulatto.

November 29, 2011 at 8:14 p.m.
Oz said...

She did not produce the contents of one e-mail or text message.

November 29, 2011 at 11:09 p.m.
Littleoleme2 said...

CNN transcripts:

BLITZER: Does your wife know this woman in Georgia?

CAIN: No.

BLITZER: Nobody in your family knows this woman?

CAIN: No.

Ever heard of Occam's razor?

He's finished.

November 30, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.
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