(CNN) – Herman Cain said Wednesday he will make a final decision about whether to remain in the 2012 presidential race in the next several days after he discusses the campaign with his wife and weighs the toll it is taking on his family.
The Republican candidate acknowledged the distress the accusations have caused his wife of 43 years and said he will fly home over the weekend to speak with his family face-to-face.
"It is constantly weighing on me and my family because it continues to stir in the news," Cain said on Fox News. "I need to sit down with my family in person and find out how they feel about it and then assess."
Cain was hit with sexual harassment accusations over the last few weeks, and on Monday an Atlanta businesswoman alleged she had a 14-year affair with the former pizza executive. He has repeatedly denied the claims but has said he is "reassessing" his campaign based on the opinions of his family, as well as his supporters and contributors.
He also suggested the latest charge was the work of Democrats worried about his potential political strength in the general election. Although most politicians would drop out of the race amid the current level of scandal, Cain said "that's just not me."
"There are three audiences out there: the media, the political elite and the people," Cain said. "The people aren't saying I ought to drop out."
Cain has portrayed himself as a political outsider throughout his bid for the GOP nomination but has faced criticism over perceived gaffes particularly in the foreign policy arena. However, he insisted his decision about whether or not to remain in the race has nothing to do with the gaffes or his recent drop in national and state-wide polls.
"I've done my homework on national security and foreign policy," Cain said. "I'm a work in progress and I'm getting better."
Cain to CNN: 'A decision in the next several days'