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Thursday
Dec012011

Herman Cain to Supporters: ‘It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over, and It Ain’t Over’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- As nearly 50 supporters squeezed into his small, six-room headquarters in New Hampshire, Herman Cain used the words of Yogi Berra on Wednesday to define the state of his campaign just two days after a woman named Ginger White came forward claiming to have engaged in a long-term affair with the presidential candidate.

“After that latest firestorm, there were some people that thought that I was finished, but I’m going to leave it with Yogi Berra’s comment: It ain’t over till it’s over, and it ain’t over yet,” Cain told supporters as they cheered him on.

Cain said his experience as a businessman has taught him the need to reassess a situation, giving only a timeline of the “next several days” until he makes a decision about how he will proceed with his campaign.

Cain told reporters in a media availability after the short speech that he is waiting to make his final decision about continuing with the presidential race until he sits down face to face with his wife on Friday to discuss the impact the latest allegations have had upon his family.

“Since I’ve been campaigning all week, I haven’t had an opportunity to sit down with her and walk through this with my wife and my family.  I will do that when I get back home on Friday,” said Cain.

In what became a heated exchange between a reporter and the candidate, Cain was asked if he had even discussed the accusations with his wife.

“You haven’t sat down and discussed Ginger White with your wife yet?” the reporter asked.

“I have discussed this with my wife many times since Monday.  You are making an accusation, quite frankly, that is not true,” Cain said.  “Now are you going to be contentious or do you want me to answer the question?  I have talked to my wife many times since Monday about this situation. … I have not talked to her face to face.  That’s what I said.  We have had many lengthy conversations. … This is another reason why that I am not going to make a decision until after we’ve talked face to face.”

Cain said campaign strategy, support from voters and fundraising are other factors he will reevaluate over the coming days.  The businessman said fundraising dropped when the latest accusation was made on Monday, but since “this woman who has made these accusations has basically started to contradict herself, our fundraising is starting to go back up.  It’s not up to the level of where it was, but a lot of people are saying -- you know what? -- they don’t believe it.”

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Monday
Nov142011

As Gloria Cain Comes to Her Husband's Defense, the 'Cain Train' Slows Slightly

Steve Pope/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Amid sexual harassment allegations and the constant media coverage of the public disclosures by his accusers and a series of seemingly conflicting responses, Herman Cain has so far managed to withstand major political fallout from the scandal plaguing his campaign.

Gloria Allred, the lawyer for one of the accusers, plans to hold a press conference in Louisiana Monday afternoon with the former boyfriend of Sharon Bialek, who recently came forward with her story about Cain’s misconduct.

Although Cain remains extremely popular with conservative voters, some polls show voter discontent is beginning to sink in.

The New York Times’ Nate Silver noted ahead of this weekend’s debate in South Carolina that Cain’s numbers were “moving down slightly,” and a new Politico-George Washington University Battleground poll released today shows a similar slip.  

No, it’s not devastating for Cain, but some say these numbers could be early indicators of erosion in support for the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO who has been running an unorthodox campaign.

And now Cain has enlisted an important surrogate in his campaign’s ongoing damage control effort: his elusive wife Gloria Cain, who until this week has not been heard from before.

“You hear the graphic allegations and we know that would have been something that’s totally disrespectful of her as a woman,” Gloria Cain told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren in an interview that will air in its entirety Monday night. “And I know the type of person he is. He totally respects women.”

After listening to the barrage of accusations about her husband, Mrs. Cain told Van Susteren, “I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said.”

Meanwhile, Cain’s travel schedule is beginning to more closely resemble that of a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. On Tuesday, he returns to Iowa for the first time since Tuesday and he will be there again on Saturday for a multi-candidate forum. In between he’s holding events and fundraisers in Florida.

But his campaign’s presence in some of these early states, including South Carolina, the site of Saturday night’s foreign policy-focused debate, has hardly been felt. One top Republican official in South Carolina told ABC News that Cain’s ground game effort there is virtually non-existent.

That being said, Cain is still polling strong, ranking a close second to Mitt Romney according to most nationwide polls.

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Monday
Nov142011

Herman Cain's Wife Finally Set to Speak

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gloria Cain, the wife of GOP hopeful Herman Cain, has stayed out of the spotlight since her husband started running for the Republican nomination.  But with the GOP frontrunner in the midst of sexual harassment allegations and Cain’s supporters wanting to meet their possible future first lady, Gloria Cain is finally breaking her silence.

In an interview with Greta Van Susteren set to air Monday night on Fox News, Gloria Cain speaks publicly for the first time.  In the interview, which has already been taped, she reveals her thoughts on the sexual harassment allegations and the subsequent accusers who have come forward since the scandal broke two weeks ago.

Herman Cain has said that his wife is a very private person, and unlike other political wives would not be partaking in the rigors of the campaign trail.  He has campaigned alone while Gloria has stayed at home.  She also suffers from a serious heart condition and had a pacemaker implanted several years ago.

But Herman Cain maintains that his wife supports him 200 percent, even in light of sexual harassment allegations during his time as president of the National Restaurant Association.  Cain says that his wife was already aware of the allegations made back in 1999.

Gloria Cain told Van Susteren that she can’t see her husband doing the things that have been described by some of his accusers.

“You hear the graphic allegations and we know that would have been something that’s totally disrespectful of her as a woman,” says Gloria Cain.  “And I know the type of person he is.  He totally respects women.”

After listening to the barrage of accusations about her husband, Gloria Cain says, “I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said.”

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