Herman Cain may want to reconsider giving employment advice to women he’s unrelated to. During a scheduled appearance on CNN Monday evening, the Republican presidential candidate broke the news that his attorney had been advised by an Atlanta television station that a woman he described to CNN host Wolf Blitzer as a friend whom he once tried to help find a job is planning to announce that the two conducted a 13-year affair.
As with the previous allegations, Cain roundly denied that such an affair ever took place and said that he and his attorney would respond in more detail once her story is actually aired.
“We chased all of these other rumors for two weeks before and as it turned out, they were baseless,” Cain said, because the alleged victims “weren’t able to come up with any documentation, any proof or anything that was credible.”
Cain said he doesn’t have anything to hide, but just wanted to give Blitzer a “heads up.” He also declined to say much more about the woman because he doesn’t want to malign anyone’s character just as he doesn’t want anyone to do the same to him. Cain said he’d also informed his wife about the upcoming story and her response was the same as his: "Here we go again."
The former pizza executive said that he’s more concerned about the impact these new accusations could have on his wife and his family.
“It’s going to be proved that it was probably something else that was baseless and the court of public opinion does not consider that when they want to pass that judgment,” he said. “I can take the lumps. I expected this kind of stuff when I made the decision to run for president of the United States of America. But the thing that I’m worried about is the impact it’s going to have on my wife and my family because they should not be subjected to false accusations that cannot be proven.”
Cain also said that he has no plans to drop out of the presidential race.
"Not as long as my wife is behind me and as long as my wife believes I should stay in this race, I'm staying in this race," Cain said.
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