Cain focuses on family amid sexual allegations
November 30th, 2011
05:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain focuses on family amid sexual allegations

(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."

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Probably would have been a good idea to put the wife and family first by NOT having all this dredged up in the first place, yes, Mr. Cain? Or, better yet, kept your hands to yourself over the years. Or, flown home and spoken to the little lady face to face long before this. Good grief, it's not as if Cain hadn't been telegraphing that more was to come for the past 3 weeks now.

    This man nauseates me. I am reminded of how he would continually mention that the "little lady" was content to stay home and do his bidding. Ought to have been a real wake up call to those of us not willing to accept such balderdash in our own lives.

    November 30, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. patriot

    So, now another lying female and accuses this guy of either infidelity or inappropriate behavior. Must be the MSM Liberal lying 99% that is conspiring against him......

    How many women have come forward, five? Why would they sacrafice themselves if there was not some validity to their comments.

    Sorry about the distress to your family there HERM, but even if one of these allegations are true, it is you who are to blame and no other.

    November 30, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. Lillie

    Mrs. Cain needs to have the divorce papers drawn up and present them to him as he walks through the DOOR!!!

    November 30, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "I've done my homework on national security and foreign policy," Cain said. "I'm a work in progress and I'm getting better." 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.
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    I had high expectations for Mr. Cain several months ago. I expected him to be formiddable. The most amazing part is that he continues to blame Democrats and liberals for this latest story that was first reported on a Fox TV affiliate. He seems to think that Democrats would rather against anyone but him. Somebody needs to slap him and wake him up from his daydream. He's talking in his sleep.

    November 30, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Angy

    that is what he should have been doing for the last 13 or 14 years. I guess he was kneading more than pizza dough. LOL!

    November 30, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. John

    I can't believe your wife till believe you at all. Because the American People sure don't. Five women ,one for 13 years and you claim you was helping her get on her feet. And you have been giving her money for 13 years ,just how long does IT take for her to get on her feet. This Is nothing but a LIE.

    November 30, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Not only is Cain struggling with Republican women in the polls, he also struggles with them in cars, offices and now at home.

    November 30, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Nice lizard look ya got goin' there, herm.

    November 30, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Too bad he wasn't focusing on his family for the past 20 years when he was groping women and having affairs. FRrom the very begining I didn't like him.......he seemed like a used car salesman. He is a complete slime ball and I feel very sorry for his wife.

    November 30, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. roscoe

    Now Herman retire to the lecture circuit and join Sarah Palin in bemoaning how the liberal media went after him. Even though, it was his friends and republican rivals making the charges.

    November 30, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. Jamie from Riverside

    How much longer do we have to see this guy's ugly mug?

    November 30, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Jamie from Riverside

    And isn't he the same fool who recently signed a ridiculous defense of marriage pledge?

    November 30, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Innkahoots

    The people are now saying, don't go away mad, just go away.

    November 30, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Herb shoudda thought about the family before he took advantage of all those women. Shoudda, Coudda, Woudda, is the rallying cry of a has been.

    November 30, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. International_Bro

    I'm no supporter of Herman Cain but I can't help but wonder. Why is it that these women have waited so long to come out with these allegations. If they felt some kind of negative way about it then why not report this when it happened and the lastest allegation from the woman claiming they had a 14 year affair, from the statement she made she didn't sound like she was angry about it or indicated that she was some how a victim so my question is what is her motive for coming out with this info. I'm not saying that these women are lying but come one this has dirty politics written all over it!!!

    November 30, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. A disgusted former Republican

    Stick a fork in it, you're done!

    November 30, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. RINO Bil

    The real issue is that Cain has handled this entire episode in exactly the WRONG way. It's not a case of character assassination as much as a demonstration of Cain's incompetence during a crisis.

    November 30, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. BJ

    Cain needs to shut up and sit down, he is an embarrassment and a token for the extreme right to toss. It is so obvious even Ray Charles could see it. No one is trying to take the shine off of him, as he indicated today. He is rediculous.

    November 30, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    Is Cain serious? Suggesting that his latest scandal the work of the democrats. No one even takes him seriously. He is a buffoon. The clown show is over go home and hope that you can piece your marriage back together

    November 30, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Harald

    "He also suggested the latest charge was the work of Democrats worried about his potential political strength....."
    This is nonsensical. Gingrich and Romney would be a bigger challenge to the Dems and attacking Cain would make them even stronger. So where is the logic here ??

    November 30, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    He's gonna need his body guards to protect him from his WIFE.

    November 30, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. Ron

    Herrrrrrrrrrrmannnn, you got some splaining to do! Cmon man. It's not the accusations that are causing stress on your wife of 43 years. It's your constant running around on her during those 43 yrs. She ought to kick you out of the house and set the precedent for all other wives of politicians/wannabees. You're done. Stop wasting time you need to spend saving your marriage. And, yep...you played your wife in front of the entire world!!!! That's gotta hurt.

    November 30, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Cain is going to have a hard time explaining all of this. I don't think his wife is really happy about all of these allegations. I don't care if they are false, it does taint someone and color someone in a bad way.

    November 30, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. GOP = Greed Over People

    I am going out on a limb here, but if the "submissive little woman" in the kitchen can get over the fact her marriage has been a farce for at least 13 years and does not mind having that disclosed to 150 million of her closest friends and then used as fodder for endless late night sketches then no worries and we expect Cain to continue to make a total fool of himself on the campaign trail.

    After all, Cain heard the "call from God to serve" so surely God told whatshername to shut up and just "stand by your man"!
    .

    November 30, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |