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Cain Troubles Loom over Wednesday's GOP Debate

Tuesday, 08 Nov 2011 05:07 PM


WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy is supposed to be the focus, but Herman Cain's personal problems will loom large over Wednesday night's presidential debate.

It's the first time the GOP field will meet since accusations of sexual impropriety surfaced against the former business executive.

Some candidates say they'd like to steer the conversation back to jobs and the economy, the intended focus of the CNBC debate in ailing Michigan.

No candidates rushed to Cain's defense Tuesday.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says the latest accusations are "particularly disturbing." Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Cain owes the American people an explanation.

Republican operatives say Romney and the other candidates stand to benefit politically from the Cain distraction. But Michigan Republicans fear they'll lose an opportunity to highlight their state's economic problems.

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