Campaign Buzz December 1, 2011: New Hampshire Union Leader Interview with Herman Cain: Wife didn’t know about friendship, ‘financial assistance’ to Ginger White


Cain: Wife didn’t know about friendship with Ginger White:
Herman Cain revealed Thursday that his relationship with Ginger White — who he characterizes as a “friend” to whom he gave money for “month-to-month bills and expenses” — was unknown to his wife Gloria until Monday, when White came forward accusing the Republican presidential candidate of a 13-year-long extramarital affair. In an interview with New Hampshire’s Union Leader, Cain acknowledged that Gloria “did not know that we were friends until she (White) came out with this story.”… – CBS News, 12-1-11

Herman Cain: Wife didn’t know about friendship, ‘financial assistance’ to Ginger White

Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, 12-1-11

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is questioned by New Hampshire Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid in Manchester Thursday.

C-SPAN video of Union Leader interview with Herman Cain

Asked whether leaving the race is one of the options he is currently assessing, Cain said, “Yes, it is an option.” Regarding his decision, he said, “You will know by next week” as he takes the weekend to reassess where he stands in the campaign.

Cain said he believes that “someone offered (White) a lot of money” to make the allegation. He said he can’t prove it.

Overall, Cain told the New Hampshire Union Leader, “One of the things that I have learned in this situation is that running for President has become a very dirty game. It’s a dirty game – OK?”

Cain also said he believes there is a concerted effort by “a network of people,” both Democrats and Republicans, to bring him down.

Cain said that in about 70 text messages White sent him between Oct. 22 and Nov. 18, she was “asking for financial assistance because she was out of work, had trouble paying her bills and I had known her as a friend.

“She wasn’t the only friend who I had helped in these tough economic times, and so her messages to me were relating to ‘needed money for her rent’ or whatever the case may be. I don’t remember all the specifics.”

Cain said White told him in the texts that she did not have a job and was unable to get financial help from her family, “and that quite frankly, I was the only person who was a friend at the time – and I underscore ‘friend’ – that was in a position to help her.

“I’m a soft-hearted person when it comes to that stuff. I have helped members of my church. I have helped members of my family.

“And I know a lot of other people who had done the same thing. She was asking me to help her, and sometimes, quite frankly, it was desperation,” Cain said.

Cain said that in 17 reported texts back to her, he would respond with messages such as, “What are you doing to get a job?”…

And, he acknowledged, “My wife did not know about it, and that was the revelation. My wife found out about it when she went public with it.” …

“My wife now knows,” Cain said. “My wife and I have talked about it and I have explained it to her. My wife understands that I’m a soft-hearted giving person.”

He said his wife “is comfortable with the explanation that I told her.”

Cain said that in retrospect he should have told his wife about his friendship with White sooner, “but retrospect doesn’t necessarily change what’s going on now.”

He said White never threatened him with going public with the allegation of an affair if Cain did not give her money, “nor was there any indication that there might be blackmail or anything like that.

“I thought I was helping a friend, end of story,” he said.

Cain said he does not know why White has gone public with the allegation, “but I have very strong speculation that someone offered her a lot of money.

“I was helping her with month-to-month bills and expenses, and somebody _ this is speculation only _ offered her a lot of money.

“And one of my objectives is to clear my name and my reputation,” Cain said.

Cain said the two “struck up a friendship” many years ago when she attended a conference in Louisville, Ky., where he was the keynote speaker.

He said that although he is considering leaving the race, “We weren’t slowing down” in the campaign. “We’re keeping all commitments and we’re reassessing several things.

“So, yes, getting out is an option,” he said. “That just meant we were not going put the brakes on until” he made his decision….

He said he will leave the race if his wife asks him to do so, “but my wife wouldn’t ask me to get out.“I would make a decision based on how all of this stuff is affecting her, because I will put her first,” he said. “But she’s not the type to say, ‘You ought to get out.’”…

“If financial backers started to not want to contribute, because _ and I’ve heard this from some people _ they see this cloud not going away.

“I haven’t been convicted of anything except in the court of public opinion, but the media drives the court of public opinion,” he said.

“Every time a new story comes on TV, it mentions sexual harassment charges. That’s inaccurate because they were found baseless. I call them false accusations.

“They were false. They were not proven, so every time they are called sexual harassment charges, that just keeps saying to people sexual harassment, rather than false accusation.

“So, understandably, some people might say I can’t get the nomination with this cloud, so they’re going to stop giving,” he said.

Cain said that while some in the media are “professional, there are some that are truly not professional. Those that love to play ‘gotcha’ politics.”

He also said politicians have an audience in “the political class,” as well as “the third audience,” which, he said, is “we the people.”

“I have got totally difference responses and reactions from those three audiences,” he said. “The establishment says it’s a distraction to the party. It is.

“The establishment says, ‘You can’t get the nomination because of the cloud.’ Maybe, but that’s the way they think.

“The people are ones who are saying, ‘We love your solutions, your optimism. Don’t drop out, if that’s an option.’ But it’s always got to be an option. It’s like a business,” Cain said.

As for the motive behind the latest allegations and earlier allegations that he sexually harassed former co-workers at the National Restaurant Association, Cain has said that “they” are “attacking” him and and his “character, my reputation and my name, in order to bring me down.”

He said Thursday, “The ‘they,’ I believe, is a network of people who would not like to seem me challenge President Barack Obama as the Republican nominee.

“I believe some of them are Democrats and there might be some Republicans. I don’t fit the traditional paradigm. So, when I say ‘they,’ it’s not just one side of the aisle. I believe there is a tendency on both sides of the aisle,” he said.

Campaign Buzz November 28-29, 2011: Herman Cain Reassesses Bid for Republican Presidential Nomination After Atlanta Woman, Ginger White Accuses Him of 13 Year Affair


By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.





Cain reassessing whether to remain in presidential race: Businessman Herman Cain told senior members of his campaign this morning that he is reassessing whether to remain in the Republican presidential race. One adviser said Cain is expected to make a decision by the end of the week…. – WaPo, 11-29-11

Herman Cain Is Reassessing His Bid for Republican Presidential Nomination, an Aide Says: Herman Cain told members of his campaign staff on Tuesday that he was reassessing whether to proceed with his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, an aide confirmed, a day after an Atlanta woman disclosed details of what she said was a 13-year affair with him.
In a morning conference call with his advisers, Mr. Cain said that he would make a decision in the coming days about whether to stay in the presidential race after his campaign was rocked by another round of allegations about his sexual conduct…. – NYT, 11-29-11

“We have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people’s minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth.” — Hermain to his staff in a phone call transcribed by National Review Online

“Obviously, you’re all aware of this recent firestorm that hit the news yesterday. First thing I want to do is say to you what I have said publicly: I deny those charges, unequivocally. Secondly, I have known this lady for a number of years. And thirdly, I have been attempting to help her financially because she was out of work and destitute, desperate. So, thinking that she was a friend — and I have helped many friends — I now know that she wasn’t the friend that I thought she was. But it was a just a friendship relationship.

That being said, obviously, this is cause for reassessment. As you know, during the summer we had to make some reassessments based upon our financial situation. We were able to hang in there; we reassessed the situation and kept on going. We also did a reassessment after the Iowa straw poll and we made another reassessment after the Florida straw poll. When the previous two accusations, false accusations, came about, we made another assessment. The way we handled those was, we continued on with our schedule. We made an assessment about what was going to happen to our support. But our supporters, and even some folks that we didn’t have as supporters, they stood with us, and they showed it not only in terms of their verbal support, they showed it in terms of their dollars.

Now, with this latest one, we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people’s minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth.

Over the next several days, we are going to continue with the schedule as usual. I’ve got a major speech tonight at Hillsdale College on national security and foreign policy, and I will deliver it with vim, vigor, and enthusiasm. And then tomorrow we’ve got some media appearances scheduled. So we’re going to continue until we complete our assessment over the next several days.

But if a decision is made, different than to plow ahead, you all will be the first to know. So until that time, I want to continue to thank you all for your support, thank you for your prayers. It’s taken an emotional toll, but the people in the audience tonight will never know it.

It’s also taken a toll on my wife and family, as you would imagine. Any time you put another cloud of doubt, unfortunately, in the court of public opinion, for some people, you’re guilty until proven innocent. And so, the public will have to decide whether they believe her or whether they believe me. That’s why we’re going to give it time, to see what type of response we get from our supporters.” — Herman Cain

“I want to give you a heads up and everyone a heads up. “Here we go again. I didn’t do anything wrong.” — Herman Cain to Wolf Blitzer on CNN

“It was pretty simple. 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.” — Ginger White on Fox 5 Atlanta

“If these allegations by Ms. White are true then it certainly goes to the issue of the character and the honesty of Herman Cain. I have to ask, how many more skeletons are there in his closet and what happens if more come out? When is Herman Cain going to come clean with the American public? He’s now accused a total of five women of being liars and Ms. White is just the latest that he’s accused of lying. I think that the American people are going to be able to make a judgement if they have not already done so….

There are millions of women in this country and millions of men as well having financial problems. The fact that she’s had them in the past doesn’t bear on whether or not she’s credible on this issue. As I understand it, she was concerned that people were getting in touch with her, finding out. She also didn’t like Herman Cain’s attacks on the women that had come forward and she decided it was time to come forward, tell the truth, as she knows it and she’s lived it.” — Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred

In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released just prior to Thanksgiving, Cain stood at 17 percent — down from 25 percent in a similar survey conducted a month ago.

  • Amid Talk of Affair, Cain Is Reassessing Campaign, Aide Says: Herman Cain tells aides he is reassessing whether to stay in the presidential race…. – NYT, 11-29-11
  • Cain tells aides he is reassessing his campaign: Herman Cain told aides Tuesday he is assessing whether the latest allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior against him “create too much of a cloud” for his Republican presidential candidacy to go forward. … – AP, 11-29-11
  • Herman Cain reassessing presidential candidacy: Businessman Herman Cain told senior members of his campaign on a conference call this morning that he is reassessing whether or not to remain in the Republican presidential race.
    On the conference call, which National Review listened to and transcribed, Cain denies the allegation of an affair with an Atlanta woman named Ginger White, which came to light on Monday, but acknowledged that the “firestorm” had caused a rethinking…. – WaPo, 11-29-11
  • Herman Cain preemptively denies new sex allegation: Herman Cain revealed Monday that an Atlanta-area woman is coming forward alleging an “extended” 13-year extramarital affair with the Republican presidential candidate…. – CBS News, 11-29-11
  • Herman Cain ‘reassessment’: What will his voters do if he drops out?: Though Herman Cain has denied the most recent allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, the claim has prompted him to ‘reassess’ his campaign…. – CS Monitor, 11-29-11
  • Cain advisers largely standing by candidate: In the hours after Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told his staff on a conference call that he was “reassessing” his campaign, senior advisers in states across the country were standing by their man – for the most part. … – CBS News, 11-29-11
  • John Coale Now Advising Herman Cain: John Coale, a Washington lawyer and husband of Fox News Channel’s Greta van Susteren, is friends with Herman Cain and now informally advising the embattled candidate as he faces allegations by a Georgia woman of a 13-year consensual affair…. – ABC News, 11-29-11
  • Cain Speaks on Foreign Policy, Avoiding Accusations: Herman Cain addressed a crowd of several hundred in a college gymnasium in Michgan, but he made no mention of the allegations against him, instead focusing on vague and optimistic foreign policy ideals…. – NYT, 11-29-11
  • Cain at Hillsdale: ‘Peace through strength and clarity’: The U.S. must maintain peace through strength of its military and the clarity of its missions, embattled GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told a gathering at Hillsdale College on Tuesday.
    Cain, stung by recent accusations of a long affair, pressed ahead with his planned foreign policy speech the same day he told aides he may abandon his campaign for president.
    He did not discuss the controversy in his remarks…. – The Detroit News, 11-29-11
  • Cain doesn’t talk about alleged affair in speech: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is sticking to his topic — defense spending — in his first public speech since an Atlanta businesswoman alleged that they had a 13-year extramarital affair…. –, 11-29-11
  • Cain’s first public speech since allegation of affair stays on message about defense issues: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is sticking to his topic — defense spending — in his first public speech since an Atlanta businesswoman alleged that they had a 13-year extramarital affair…. – WaPo, 11-29-11
  • Conservatives Are Turning Against Herman Cain: Conservatives who once showered love on Cain are rapidly jumping ship, as the candidate’s latest sex scandal threatens to permanently derail his upstart presidential campaign…. – Business Insider, 11-29-11
  • Towery: Cain ‘Dropping Like A Rock’ in Polls, Likely to End Run: Presidential hopeful Herman Cain is “dropping like a rock” in the latest Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage poll and is likely to be forced out of the presidential race by the end of the week amid reports that a number of prominent … –, 11-29-11
  • Herman Cain lawyer Lin Wood refuses to rule out legal action against accuser: Embattled presidential candidate Herman Cain ‘s personal lawyer, Lin Wood, said in an interview Tuesday that he believes his client is telling the truth that he did not have a 13-year-affair with an Atlanta woman named Ginger White. … – WaPo, 11-29-11
  • Ginger White, latest Herman Cain accuser: Who is she?: The woman whose accusations may have prompted Herman Cain to reassess his campaign for president is a 46-year-old single mother of two grown children. Ginger White, who has worked as a fitness instructor, alleges that she carried on a 13-year affair with Cain.
    In two television interviews with Atlanta stations, she appeared soft-spoken and said she came forward only to defend her reputation after she feared the story would leak out. Cain has emphatically denied the affair, calling White a “destitute” friend whom he tried to help.
    “I couldn’t imagine anyone coming out and lying about this. Who would want this? It’s really not been fun,” White told Atlanta television station WSB outside her apartment Monday…. – WaPo, 11-29-11
  • Jon Huntsman: Maybe time for Herman Cain to go: That’s the word from the former Utah governor, though he gets to it in something of a roundabout way: “Given the bandwidth that has been taken out of the discussion of any other issues pertinent to this campaign, a reconsideration might be in order” … – Politico, 11-29-11
  • Newt: Cain will ‘have to talk to the county’ about latest accusations: Newt Gingrich, who has been friendly with Herman Cain but who has suggested his opponent needs to deal with the drip-drip of allegations about his past, suggested the businessman needs to address the claims made by Ginger White. … – Politico, 11-28-11
  • Woman Claims Affair With Cain, and He Denies It: An Atlanta woman came forward in an interview broadcast Monday night with details about what she called a 13-year affair with Herman Cain, the Republican presidential contender whose campaign was already struggling to overcome damage … – NYT, 11-28-11
  • Herman Cain denies allegation of 13-year affair: Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White tells a TV news station that she had a relationship with the Republican presidential contender. He calls her ‘an acquaintance who I thought was a friend.’ Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain denied … – LAT, 11-28-11
  • Ginger White accuses Herman Cain of long affair: An Atlanta woman said Monday that she engaged in an extended consensual affair with Herman Cain that began after a business meeting in the 1990s, continued as he flew her from city to city for dates and ended eight months ago — as Cain launched his … – Washington Post, 11-28-11
  • Woman alleges 13-year affair with Cain; he denies wrongdoing: In an explosive allegation, a Georgia woman said Monday she and Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair that lasted nearly until the former businessman announced his candidacy for the White House … – WaPo, 11-28-11
  • Businesswoman alleges 13-year affair with Herman Cain: An Atlanta businesswoman said Monday she and Republican presidential contender Herman Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair that ended right before Cain announced his campaign…. – USA Today, 11-28-11
  • Woman says she and Cain had 13-year affair; Cain denies accusation: An Atlanta businesswoman has accused GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain of having had an affair with her that lasted nearly 14 years. “I was aware that he was married, and I was also aware that I was involved in a very … – CNN, 11-28-11
  • Ginger White and the (alleged) love letters of The Herman Cain: Three allegations of sexual harassment may be regarded as a misfortune, but a 13-year affair looks like carelessness. At some point in those 13 years she must surely have realized that he was not going to give her a job. … – WaPo, 11-28-11
  • Herman Cain called back after Atlanta TV reporters texted him: This, from the Atlanta Fox affiliate’s report on Herman Cain’s alleged affair, will be tough for the candidate to explain: She [Ginger White] showed us some of her cell phone bills that included 61 phone calls or text messages to or from a number … – Politico, 11-28-11
  • Atlanta businesswoman claims Cain affair: An Atlanta businesswoman said Monday she had a 13-year extramarital affair with Herman Cain, prompting an extensive and harsh denial from the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO. But in an extraordinary step for a presidential candidate, Cain preempted the … – Politico, 11-28-11
  • Herman Cain denies he had an affair: A Georgia businesswoman said Monday that she and Herman Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair, an allegation the Republican presidential hopeful denied as strongly as he has earlier allegations of sexual harassment…. – AP, 11-28-11
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