Herman Cain, who is set to make a decision about the fate of his campaign in the next few days, fell back on his standard response in answering allegations of sexual impropriety: The establishment is out to get him.
Calling the allegations a “character assassination,” Cain said that he is reassessing his candidacy and consulting with his family and staff.
In the interview, which aired on Fox News, Cain said that the recent allegations by an Atlanta woman, who says that she had a 13-year affair with the married father of two, have hurt his family, especially his wife, Gloria.
“It has had a very damaging effect on her emotionally because of the way some of the story has been presented. It has had an emotional toll on her,” Cain said. “My wife loves me. She just wants to know the truth. She gets upset when she sees the implication and the distortion in the media.”
Cain argued that the Democrats are possibly behind the claims of Ginger White, who said she took trips with Cain and received gifts and cash.
“I don’t have an answer as to why that is the case, but I can only conjecture that I am the Democrats’ worst nightmare if I was to win the nomination,” Cain said.
Cain explained that throughout his career, he has been generous to a number of people, including White, and said that the dozens of calls made to White’s phone, and late-night texts, don’t point to anything untoward.
“That by itself doesn’t tell you the whole story,” he said. “What really was the pattern of those. All it says is 61 calls. I talk to a lot of people 61 times.”
He also said that he “can’t say unequivocally that someone else” might not come out and make similar claims.
“The people aren’t saying I ought to drop out,” he said. “I’m listening to my family, and the people first.”