Herman Cain, in an appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” denied reports that a woman had an affair with him for thirteen years. Cain went ahead of the story, by pre-empting the pre-taped interview with the accuser on an Atlanta television station.
“I just wanted to give you a heads up,” Cain told Wolf Blitzer. “I don’t have anything to hide.”
That woman, Ginger White, told Atlanta’s FOX affiliate in an interview over the weekend that she had been in an affair with Cain for over a decade.
“It was pretty simple,” White told the television station in an interview. “It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”
Cain said the woman was a “friend and acquaintance” and was worried that another round of accusations would “hurt my wife and family.”
Cain said, on CNN, that he felt the first two charges made by women against him of “inappropriate behavior” were baseless.
Cain said that when he told his wife about the coming allegations, his wife’s reaction was similar to his.
“Here we go again,” Cain said his wife Gloria said.
When asked if these new allegations would force him to drop out of the race, Cain said he would continue being a candidate so long as he had the support of his family.
“As long as my wife is behind me and thinks I should stay in this race, I will stay in this race,” Cain said.
Cain also said that if he dropped out of the race “because of this kind of mess, the system wins” and that he was in the race to “change the system.”
Cain did concede though if these allegations, which Cain said could be at infinity, did harm to his family or took a toll on them, he would consider dropping out.
“I don’t want it to be tough on my family,” Cain said. “If it’s tough on my family, I have to consider [dropping out] at this point in time. I will make that decision depending on the circumstances.”
Cain said that he would enjoy a steak later tonight because he has not done anything wrong so he has no reason to be worried. When asked by Blitzer if he had an affair or sexual relations with the woman, Cain emphatically answered “no” to both questions.
Cain’s lawyer, Lin Wood, gave a statement to Atlanta’s FOX affiliate which noted Cain had been informed of the station’s story and that the story and the allegation “appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults — a subject matter which is not a proper subject or inquiry by the media or the public.”
“No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life,” Wood wrote. “The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.”
This report comes as Cain attempts to revive his campaign that took a considerable hit from the two previous allegations of “inappropriate behavior.” Before those allegations, Cain led in many national and state polls. He is not third or fourth in those same polls and has been steadily declining since the first two stories broke nearly a month ago.