Early on in his presidential campaign, Republican contender Herman Cain announced that appearances on the trail by his wife, Gloria Cain, who shies from the limelight, would be very rare. He said in an interview with The Daily Caller in May that there would not be “the traditional amount of exposure you normally get from a campaign wife.”
According to a report in the Daily Beast, Cain acknowledges in his biography, This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House, that his wife was initially not thrilled by the prospect of him running for president. He wrote that the idea “terrified” her “because of the widely held perception of what it’s like to be in politics — of what it can do to your family and to you, the candidate.”
Unfortunately, even from afar she fully experienced that this week as news of alleged sexual harassment claims made against her husband when he led the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s dominated the headlines. She reportedly was set to participate in an interview on Friday, during which Fox News host Greta Van Susteren will surely ask her about those claims, but has decided against doing the interview, The New York Times reports. She has, however, left the door open to a future appearance on Fox.
What people likely won’t see when she makes her national television debut is the sassy attitude exhibited by Hillary Rodham Clinton exhibited in 1992 when she said that she wasn’t "some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette" during an interview on CBS’s 60 minutes to discuss the future president’s infidelities.
“Taking care of Herman is a full-time job,” a friend of the couple told the Daily Beast.
Herman and Gloria Cain were college sweethearts who married in 1968, four years after their first meeting. Since then she has made homes in Atlanta, where they first settled and live now, Washington, Indiana, Minneapolis and Kansas City, and has seen him through Stage 4 colon cancer. The couple has two children and three grand children. By all accounts, they are as in love today as they were 43 years ago.
“My wife has been an absolute gem,” Cain told ABC News earlier this week. “She and I happened to watch the breaking of this story last night together. It disturbed her about the exaggerations and innuendos far beyond what actually occurred, in the article. Now, she has been 200 percent supportive of me today, she has been 200 percent supportive of me for 43 years and so the good news is she happens to be with me on this trip.”
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