Cain May Be Setting Groundwork to Quit

Thursday, 01 Dec 2011 12:26 PM

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Herman Cain’s statements suggest he may be laying the groundwork for an exit from the GOP presidential race, The Washington Post’s political blog The Fix concluded.

Cain has made a number of comments about the toll the many allegations of sexual impropriety have taken on his family, The Fix notes. Cain has two options: Stay in the race and undergo more unpleasant stories while his chances “trickle to zero” or find a graceful way out, the blog observes.

“Cain has said he won’t make a final decision until he meets face to face with his wife on Friday,” The Fix wrote. “It’s not hard to imagine Cain coming out soon after that meeting to say he is stepping aside, not because the allegations against him are true, but because the media [always a convenient scapegoat] has made life miserable for his wife by propagating falsehoods.

“Taking that route would also likely preserve Cain’s earning power — author, celebrity speaker, talk show host? — in the private sector, a not-insignificant calculation.”

However, noting that Cain “has been anything but predictable,” The Fix notes that Cain could decide to stay in the race. “But Cain on Wednesday certainly sounded like a candidate building himself an escape hatch from the contest,” the blog concludes.

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