Former presidential candidate Herman Cain says that his decision to suspend his quest for the Republican nomination was difficult, but it came down to two words: ‘family first.’ Cain also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday that he was not ready to endorse any of the GOP hopefuls.
“I knew it was going to be very disappointing to a lot of people, and I personally was disappointed because we were making such great progress,” Cain said. “But it boiled down to two words: family first. Because of the false accusations and the media — not everybody, but some — they continue to spin, and spin, and spin, and re-spin.
“And the other thing was I saw the pain that it was causing my wife and I wasn’t going to let that happen — and so, it boiled down to family first,” he said.” Now, here’s another thing about my wife that a lot of people don't realize: Because some people were going to put the story out where she told [me] to drop out of the campaign. No, she didn’t. My wife is not that type of a wife for 43 years. She was going to leave that decision to me.”
Hannity asked Cain whether when he said he was going to suspend his campaign, he meant his 2012 presidential aspirations are over. Cain said his run is done.
“There are no plans to re-emerge and here’s why: If I was to re-emerge, then the spin is going to start all over again — and that’s what gets hurtful when your wife and your family have to continue to see the same false accusations spun over, and over, and over,” Cain said. “Whenever someone does a story and they want to introduce you, they start off with the accusations. They were false accusations but they wouldn’t go away.
“And here’s the other point: We also knew that because somebody was so determined to knock me out of this race, that there were probably going to be some more down the road,” he said. “I really don’t know who is doing it — I think it could be coming from both sides of the aisle — but I have no proof of that. But I’m convinced that the way it was done — the fact that they went after my character and they knew that it would hurt my family, and I simply wasn’t going to do that and so that’s why I made the decision.”
Hannity then asked whether Cain was going to endorse any of the other candidates.
“I am in the process of making that evaluation: Remember, as a businessman, I don’t shoot from the lip,” Cain said. “And so, I have some discussions that I am going to have with several of the candidates and we’ve got have to see how far apart we are.”
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