Herman Cain‘s wife Gloria, who has, by choice, been absent on the campaign trail, told Greta Van Susteren of FOX News that Mr. Cain would have to have a “split personality” to engage in the “inappropriate behavior” he has been accused of by at least two women.
“This isn’t Herman,” Mrs. Cain said when asked what her first thoughts were upon hearing some of the allegations leveled against her husband who holds a tenuous spot at the top of many polls as his favorability numbers have decreased since his campaign has gone on defense in dealing with the various allegations that have been leveled at Mr. Cain.
“After about a week and a half, I decided not to watch any more news,” Mrs. Cain said, adding that her “spirit started to lift” after she ceased watching the news.
Mrs. Cain added that she has not seen “parts of that person in 43 years,” in reference to the allegations swirling around Mr. Cain. “I don’t think I’m that simple that I would miss something that significant.”
“Everybody has an opinion but they don’t know Herman,” Mrs. Cain said after saying that should could not imagine why someone would wait 15 years to go public with such allegations if they indeed happened.
If it had been her, Mrs. Cain said she “would have to say something right away.”
Mrs. Cain also said that Mr. Cain was “old school” in his manners and did not believe he was even in the car with Sharon Bialek, the woman who held a dramatic press conference with infamous attorney Gloria Allred and whose background and motives the Cain campaign has attacked.
When asked if they have had troubles in their marriage, Mrs. Cain replied that the answer to that question would not be that they have been happily married for 43 years but that “we have loved each other for 43 years.”
By that, Mrs. Cain said that, like any couple, the Cains have had their fair share of disagreements and that one or the other goes into a separate room when angered.
Asked how she feels about modern politics, Mrs. Cain answered by saying she could not believe that “anyone can come from any place and say whatever they want to say what they want about you” and that the burden of proof then rests on the candidate to disprove any and all things said about the candidate.
Cain, trying to not lose momentum and stay on message, was dogged earlier in the day after his puzzling responses to questions from an editorial board in Milwaukee on Libya and the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions (Cain implied that he strangely supported them) were shown on video tape.
As Cain barnstorms throughout Iowa, the state that will hold the nation’s first nominating contest on January 3, 2012, his less than insightful answers on Libya, collective bargaining are sure to come up in addition to the inevitable questions and chatter regarding the allegations that have engulfed him for the past weeks.