Herman Cain’s wife says he “totally respects women.”
Gloria Cain has largely been absent from the campaign trail throughout her husband’s quest to become the nation’s second African-American president, but the sexual harassment allegations made against him has forced her into the limelight. In an interview to be aired on Fox News Monday, she told Greta Van Susteren, host of On the Record, that she doesn’t believe the claims that could possibly upend Herman Cain’s improbable rise to the head of the Republican presidential field.
"To hear such graphic allegations and know that that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman and I know that’s not the person he is. He totally respects women," she said.
So far, four women have said that Cain made inappropriate sexual advances toward them when he was chief executive of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Although he’s altered his story on occasion, at first denying and then acknowledging that charges had been made against him, Cain has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
In an appearance last week on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, when the topic of accuser Sharon Bialek came up, Cain said that his wife of 43 years fully supported him.
"My own wife said that I wouldn't do anything as silly as what that lady was talking about, because she does know me," Cain said.
Gloria Cain also spoke on the record about Bialek, who is the only one of the four women to speak publically.
“I looked at especially this last lady and the things that she said and I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that she said,” Cain said.
Karen Kraushaar, one of two women who reportedly received settlements from the trade group Cain headed, had planned to hold a news conference but decided against doing so unless the other alleged victims participate.
In a CBS News poll released Nov. 11, 61 percent of Republican primary voters said the accusations against Cain won’t make any difference in their vote, but 30 percent said that the claims make it less likely that they will support him. He has also lost support among 38 percent of women, who say he’s now less likely to get their vote. Since October, his support among women has dropped from 28 percent to 15 percent.
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