Gloria Cain has not been seen on the campaign trail with her husband of 43 years since he announced his presidential candidacy to a cheering crowd in Atlanta in May. But that will soon change.
“You will meet my wife publicly, in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning and anticipating,” Herman Cain said on Fox News on Monday, sounding every bit like a public relations strategist.
“She will be introduced in terms of some limited exposure. But it’s not her style for her to be with me on every campaign stop.”
Gloria Cain’s appearance on the stump could not come at a more awkward and crucial time for the GOP contender, who sits atop some polls, yet seems vulnerable to an implosion after acknowledging that he was accused years ago of inappropriate behavior toward a female employee.
Politico reported Sunday that Herman Cain, while head of the National Restaurant Association, had been accused of sexual harassment by two different women. Cain, in a frenzied day of interviews and public appearances, denied ever harassing anyone. But he acknowledged that one claim had been filed, and said the association had paid the woman who filed it an undisclosed amount of money, as part of an agreement not to pursue the matter further.
Cain told interviewers that the woman’s complaint included an incident where he compared her height to that of Gloria Cain, who stands a petite five feet tall. The remark, Cain said, made the woman uncomfortable.
Cain has called his wife an oasis, an island of normalcy and stability, in what has been a whirlwind of attention on the campaign trail. Her absence on the hustings signaled her full presence on the homefront. Even when Gloria Cain appeared with her husband as he announced his candidacy last May, the mother of two and grandmother of three did not speak publicly.
“My wife represents that calm and tranquility that I look forward to seeing when I get home,” Cain told Fox News. The promised interview, therefore, will be her national introduction.
It is by now a cliche — the political wife standing by her political husband as a kind of prop and validator as questions of some impropriety swirl about. What is unknown is whether her appearance will quell the speculation and allow Cain to return to his unconventional, take-it-straight-to-the-people campaign.
WHERE TO FIND THE CANDIDATES:
Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are all in Iowa for a forum sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers at 10 a.m.
The candidates then fan out in the Hawkeye State for town halls and meet-and-greets while Jon M. Huntsman (who was bitten by a goat while campaigning in New Hampshire) tours the University of New Hampshire Cogeneration Plant, where he will give a speech on energy at 1 p.m.
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