2012ers respond to Cain allegation
November 29th, 2011
03:32 PM ET
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2012ers respond to Cain allegation

(CNN) – Some of the Republican presidential candidates responded Tuesday to the charge that Herman Cain engaged in a lengthy extramarital affair, with rival Jon Huntsman issuing the strongest reaction.

Huntsman, the former Utah governor, said Cain should consider exiting the 2012 race for the White House.

"You've got to be reconsidering just based on how we have lost focus on the issues that really do matter," Huntsman told the Boston Globe Tuesday. "Every time another accusation comes up, it diminishes our ability to stay focused on the issues that really do matter for the American people."

"And I think that's a disservice to the voters," Huntsman added.

On Monday, Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White accused Cain of having had an affair with her that lasted nearly 14 years, a claim Cain immediately denied. But the former pizza executive and radio talk show host, who faced accusations of sexual harassment earlier in the month, told his staff Tuesday he is "reassessing" the viability of his campaign. One top campaign source told CNN he expects a decision "within a few days."

Fellow candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann responded to the news, saying the campaign seems to be assessing their support in the wake of the allegations. She added that the revelation is yet another example she is the "consistent conservative in the race."

"As people have been shopping around for candidates they're going to come back home to see I've been the consistent constitutional conservative who's going to fight," Bachmann told WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has admitted to engaging in romantic relationships outside his marriages in the past, said it is a difficult situation for Cain and his family.

"I hope that he reaches whatever is the right decision for them," Gingrich told reporters in Bluffton, South Carolina Tuesday. "I think it's his decision to make. And he has to do what he thinks is best."

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Jon Huntsman • Michele Bachmann • Newt Gingrich
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  1. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    I have a feeling that Newt Gingrich might not have much comment on this. But the rest of the "holier than thou" right wing Christan bunch may pass judgment on it. I guess though Ann Coulter was WRONG...seems like "their Blacks AREN'T any better than our Blacks" after all.

    November 29, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. v_mag

    I have a question for all those who still don't believe Cain cheated on his wife and propositioned women in subordinate positions: Can you name one instance where a public figure was openly accused of infidelity and he was later exonerated? When it gets to that stage, where there are specific people coming forward and not just rumours, they always did it.

    And to Cain's lawyer who gave a non-denial, telling people it was none of their business: Bill Clinton was impeached by the Repugnants for less than Herman Cain stands accused of, and you don't think it is my business to know that a Repugnant candidate for that office is a liar and cheat? Are you insane?

    November 29, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Independent_me

    So, the Black Moses who was called by God, and who reluctantly decided to run for President of the United States, turns out not to have been chosen by God after all.

    His arrogance, narcissism, and lack of compassion and empathy for the poor and suffering did him in. Now HE is in need of compassion...I wonder if his brothers by another mother are standing by him? Probably not – at this time he is probably just another Black man who has no self control, cannot stay away from white women, and who is an long term adulterer. How does it feel to be labeled, stereotyped and judged, Mr. Cain?

    Karma is a bi@@@!

    November 29, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. sheilababe

    Any truth to the rumor that Cain is going into business with Sarah Palin? She supposedly goes ecstatic when she hears "9 9 9" from a brother.

    November 29, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Al

    Who Cares ???

    November 29, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney wisely remains silent. "I do not know what this could mean for his campaign. It's completely his call."

    November 29, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Who's finger is that all up in Herman's face? Is it Gingrich's?
    Remember Newt,when you point a finger at someone at least three fingers are pointing back at you. Don't get TOO happy Lizard, you're coming up to bat, could be you'll strike out also.

    November 29, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. SoSad

    Cain will drop out, but he's still a funny guy. Gringrich is an intelectual ghetto republican, sniffing around while his wife was sick? Bachmann, please, please elect me, I am sooooooooooooooo conservate and racist!
    The class of 2012, Republicans should be proud of themselves!

    November 29, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. yup

    The dude is no good..bottom line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER, when has Coulter been right about anything meaningful? Cain's candidacy was a joke, just another example of an overly-ambitious person who was only catapulted into consideration due to how weak the GOP field is. A disgraced Speaker and a one-term governor who ranked near the bottom of the country in job creation have been challanged by a former food-industry executive, Fed board member and radio talk-show host who could not pass a quiz on current world affairs in an elementary school. This field is a not conservative, its a disgrace. The others in the field have their cult-like followers, but none of them have any vision as to where they will take the country and solve the problems facing us. What a stunning collection of intellectual mediocrities and moral lepers the GOP has become.

    November 29, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Put on a happy face Cain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You went around telling unemployed, poor people to pick that their condition was of their own making; to pick themselves up by their non-existent boot-straps. Time to apply some of your sermons to your darn self.
    God does NOT like ugly Cain, and you;re as ugly as they come.
    You forgot your Christian principles if you ever knew them, and you sold your soul to two devils – the Koch Brothers- and you bragged about being bought and sold by them.
    And you call yourself a man of the cloth. Ha!
    If there is a hell....I will see you there.

    November 29, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. roscoe

    Of course. Cain should exit the race. These allegations seem to be true and he will never shake them. If he wants to stay in the race, he should consider coming clean and admitting them and then trying to move on with his campaign.

    This crop of candidates is really the bottom of the barrel. Can't we do better than this?

    November 29, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Straight Shooter

    Pretty soon Michelle Bachmann will have to explain the skeleton in her closet – oops, I mean her husband. He's got to come out soon, doesn't he?

    November 29, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. kayla

    does this mean he can now give up the secret service that the goverment is paying?

    November 29, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Jake

    Michelle Bachmann the "consistent conservative" with a gay husband who must really hate himself!

    November 29, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. Mike

    Sounds like Huntsman is (wait for it)… on the hunt! Oh goodness I just could resist that one, far from my finest pun, but so very easy.

    November 29, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    In situation Room Herman Cain “"African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view,"

    Same situation room he has come back and lied about his 13 years affairs looking for exit

    Simple Karma

    Only Jon Huntsman is real candidate

    November 29, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. wow

    ginrich has my vote simply because he is the more grounded on the issues, he's very smart and he acts more like a president: As far as Cain goes, Huntsman is wrong! It seems that the Iowa repubkicans should make the decision and then this will let the rest of America know where the Republican voters stand on this issue of morality. Now somehow Michelle Bachman thinks that Cain's troubles make her the "consistent conservative in the race." my question to her is conservative in what way???

    November 29, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Corporations R. People II

    Newt should issue a quick "no comment" on the matter.
    Bachmann: being consistent (consistently wrong for the record) is all she can muster.
    Huntsman: too bad he's stuck with the party of loonies.
    Mitt was probably for extra-marital affairs before he was against it depending on the wind at the time.

    November 29, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Bigwilliestyles

    "I'm reassessing the viability of my campaign" translation: the koch brothers called...

    November 29, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. John

    What Different does It matter they are all just clowns. You have one In Newt Gingrich that was force to resign when he was speaker of the House Of Congress on 84 Ethics charges. And he Cheated on two wife and one of them was dying with Cancer. Than you have Herman Cain has four women claiming to be Sexual Harassment by him. And than you have One woman that claim to had affair with him for 13 years. Than You have Michele Bachmann that all she does Is LIE and Complain about everything and everybody. And she Nutter than a fruit cake. Than You have Mitt Romney than guy Flip-Flop so much you can't tell were he stand from one day to the next. Than you have Rick Perry this gut Is just Plan NUTS, He Racist and he doesn't even know what he taking about. Like I said they are all just Clowns. The Republican are hitting the Bottom of the barrel just to get these Clowns.

    November 29, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. TXJim

    Gingrich: Herman you are now just as qualified as I am to be the leader for the nomination.

    November 29, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Have fun in marriage counseling!

    November 29, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Bigwilliestyles

    Newt Gingrich is Cain's new "brother from another mother".

    November 29, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. kravitz

    Kudos to the photo editor!

    November 29, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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