Embattled presidential contender Herman Cain says he will decide whether to continue his bid for the Republican nomination “over the course of the next several days.” Cain also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Wednesday his first and foremost consideration is how recent allegations of a 13-year, extra-marital affair impacts his family.
“I’m looking at four factors: First, the impact on my family. Neil, I have denied these charges. But the fact is that sometimes they are distorted — it hurts my family when they are twisted sometimes in the media. So I have got to make that my number-one priority,” Cain said. “Secondly, I am looking at the feedback that I have gotten from my supporters — and I can tell you right now it has been overwhelmingly positive for me to stay.
“Third, some people will convict me in the court of public opinion and might cause them not to contribute. Well, the first day that that story broke, contribution dropped way off. Guess what? They are moving back up, because I happen to think that a lot of the American people are starting to see through this whole character assassination on me,” he said. “And, so, those are the things that I am reassessing. And I will make the decision over the course of the next several days — starting with the assessment with my family — because that is absolutely my number-one priority.”
Cain reiterated that he did help accuser Ginger White financially during difficult economic times, but she was just one of many people he has helped.
“Well, Neil, over the years, because I have been successful, I have helped many people financially — I have helped people to stay in their homes — I have helped people to, you know, be able to buy groceries directly, not through an organization,” Cain said. “She was someone that I considered a friend . . . apparently, she is not — that I was helping because she was having financial troubles.”
Cavuto then asked about the 61 text messages or phone calls made between Cain and White — some of them early in the morning, which has led some to believe “this had to be more than just helping out a friend in need.” Cain said the contacts do not “tell you the whole story.”
“If she were texting me at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning — wanting to know if I could help her with her rent or help her with her car note — that doesn’t mean that I was calling her,” he said. “And the other thing about those phone calls, which we have requested that we be given access to them — my attorney and I — is what really was the pattern of those?
“All it says was 61 calls — I talked to a lot of people 61 times — we don’t even know over what period of time,” Cain continued. “We are trying to evaluate that.”
Cavuto wondered whether Cain was worried other accusers might come forward.
“Neil, I was in business for over 40 years. I have worked with and helped a lot of people — male and female — there is no way for me to say unequivocally that somebody else may not come up,” Cain said. “Neil, you and I both — you may not — you may not want to admit this: This is a character assassination on me. Why? Because I was doing so well. There is no other reason to basically explain it.
“Secondly, this Ginger White was having financial problems — and I was trying to help her,” he said. “And then — boom — out of nowhere, she decides that she is going to go public with this information. And I can’t believe that.”
Cain said the charges have had a negative emotional effect on his wife.
“It has had a very damaging effect on her emotionally because of the way some of the story has been presented, Neil, yes. And it is having an emotional toll on her — and that is my number-one,” he said. “And I have told her exactly what has happened and what the situation is. But . . . my wife loves me — she just told me that again today — she just wants to know the truth, which I have given her the truth. And she gets upset when she sees the implication and the distortions by some people in the media.”
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