Cain to make decision by Monday, chides media for ‘playing detective’
December 1st, 2011
11:11 PM ET
11 years ago

Cain to make decision by Monday, chides media for ‘playing detective’

(CNN) – Herman Cain will announce his decision by Monday on whether he’ll keep his spot in the GOP presidential race, acknowledging that an end to his campaign is on the table.

“That’s obviously one option,” Cain said Thursday night on Fox News. “The commitment I have made is before Monday…we’ll make a decision.”

The Georgia businessman has been “re-assessing” his candidacy since the latest of several accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior emerged on Monday.

Once a front-runner in the Republican presidential field, Cain has seen his numbers drop over the last month as reports broke of four different women accusing Cain of sexual misconduct, the most shattering of which occurred on Monday when one woman came forward alleging the two had a 13-year extramarital affair.

While his team touted a surge in fundraising in early November—days after reports first emerged of two women filing sexual harassment charges against Cain in the late 90s—Cain admitted Wednesday he’s already lost some supporters this week as a result of the latest allegation.

But the former Godfather’s Pizza executive has flatly denied all of the claims, focusing his ire instead on the news media for pursuing the reports.

Asked in the Fox News interview if any hotel records or videos could help clear up the accusations, Cain said the media should just leave it alone.

“Let’s not play detective,” Cain said. “I’m going to prove—I’m going to re-establish my character. We’re working on that. My attorney is working on that. We’re going to work on that.”

Cain is still adamant that the allegations stem from a smear campaign against him, and said he’s determined to prove that he’s innocent.

“I assure you we’re getting to the bottom of it. I already started that process, and when we come back, it’s not going to be based upon rumor or he-said-she-said, it’s going to be based upon factual information that we can present in order to show I have not done many of the things I have been accused of,” he said.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Martin

    It's the media's job to play detective, not to just regurgitate whatever anyone who's running for president tells them to say.

    December 2, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  2. chuck weidemann

    Not done many of the things he has been accused of??? Sounds as if he's admitting he has done some of the things! Stories changing...

    December 2, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  3. Nightmare before caucus

    Oh no, the USA wants to know about the background of people who want to run the country?!?!?!

    December 2, 2011 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  4. BobD

    Cain needs a few more days to pad his expense account so he takes a few bucks home to pay for his divorce defense. He also needs to pad the books so he doesn't show a loss in his personal checking account. Money for nothing and the chicks are free.

    December 2, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  5. Peace

    Though am not a fan of Mr. 999, but I do think the man hasn't been treated fairly. If he did the mistake, it is exactly what Newt Gingrich did may be even more if one can put all the sins on a weighing scale. If people can forgive Newt why not this black eyed man?

    December 2, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Leon

    The media wasn't interested in checking out Obama's background 4 years ago and look what we got – a complete incompetent.

    December 2, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. jim

    “Let’s not play detective”

    Silly media, trying to report the facts.

    December 2, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. TM

    If you truly believe that Mr. Cain you must personally apologize on behalf of your party to Bill Clinton.

    December 2, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs are a neocon deathcult for diseased minds

    Love how the radical righties claim the press didn't "vet" President Obama, yet these extremists now bemoan any effort to explore Mr. KochCain's lack of moral character.

    December 2, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. RINO Bil

    Herman can try and cloud the issues all he wants by blaming the media until it gets tiresome, which it has. No matter what kind of spin Cain wants to put on this entire affair, he can't hide the fact that his handling of it has gone from merely inept, to totally incompetent ... and he can't bully his way out of it. It would be nice if he at least acted like a real man and accepted responsility for his implosion.

    December 2, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Seattle Sue

    Can Cain quit after God called him to run? If Cain does quit, wouldn't God be ticked at him for not doing what God told him to do? I personally think Cain will be too busy getting dental work after talking to his wife. Couldn't happen to a more deserving man.

    December 2, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |