by The Canadian Press - Story: 68085
Dec 3, 2011 / 1:40 pm
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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to supporters at The Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, in Rock Hill, S.C. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
The Cain train has come to a stop.
Republican candidate Herman Cain is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination to avoid continued news coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct that is hurtful to his family.
"I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family," Cain told several hundred supporters gathered at what was to have been the opening of his national campaign headquarters.
Cain's announcement came five days after an Atlanta-area woman claimed she and Cain had an affair for more than a decade, a claim that followed several allegations of sexual harassment against the Georgia businessman.
"But because of these false and unproved accusations, it has paid and had a tremendous painful price on my family," Cain said, with his wife, Gloria, standing behind him on the stage.
"Now here's why it hurts, because my wife, my family and I, we know that those false and unproved allegations are not true. So one of the first declarations that I want to make to you today is that I am at peace with my God. I am at peace with my wife. And she is at peace with me."
Whether Cain would stay in the race or drop out was the subject of speculation throughout the week. Even some top supporters who had spoken with Cain were arriving Saturday unsure what he would say.
Cain returned to his suburban Atlanta home Friday and met with his wife, Gloria. It was the first time they have seen each other face to face since 46-year-old Ginger White came forward on Monday, and said she and Herman Cain had carried on a 13-year relationship.
Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza chief executive who has never held elected office, rose to become an unexpected front-runner in the volatile Republican race just weeks ago. A self-styled outsider, Cain enjoyed strong tea party support from conservatives who viewed him as an alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
But once in the national spotlight, Cain fumbled policy questions, leaving some to wonder whether he was ready for the presidency. Then it was revealed at the end of October that the National Restaurant Association had paid settlements to two women who claimed Cain sexually harassed them while he was president of the organization.
A third woman told The Associated Press that Cain made inappropriate sexual advances but that she didn't file a complaint. A fourth woman also stepped forward to accuse Cain of groping her in a car in 1997.
Cain has denied wrongdoing in all cases.
The other Republicans can be happy now, their message will get heard. This is good news
for Obama, because the more the people hear the Republican message and see the hopefuls
in action the better chance he has in getting re-elected.
Newt will be next of the target list as he is a loose cannon and is sure to provide some of that
old fashioned negative feedback.
Lets see Sarah Palin left I think even she realizes most of these people are crazy.
Newt has a foot in the mouth past, a sexual event in the past and religious change as well
Mitt is a Mormon and the mainstream evangelicals are not too keep on warming up to that.
Cain what an a**
Perry he wants to dismantle the Department of Education and cut Seniors Benefits by fifty percent.
Good luck with that.
Michelle well she is something else again and will likely not rise again to plague the Party
oh Cains people will go to her but then he only had eight percent left anyway.
I have never seen such a collection of misfits running in one nomination race, they all cozy up to
the Tea Party that is made of people who must have escaped from the home somewhere. Or
society was loose with the day passes if you know what I mean.