GOP candidate tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he'll continue to pursue the presidency, despite claims of 13-year relationship
Herman Cain vowed not to abandon his bid for the United States presidency Monday after a woman stepped forward to claim that she'd had a 13-year affair with the businessman-turned-candidate.
Cain — who was dogged by claims of sexual harassment earlier this month — told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he won't quit "as long as my wife is behind me, and as long as my wife believes I should stay in this race, I'm staying in this race."
The presidential hopeful characterized the woman — identified by Atlanta Fox affiliate WAMA as Ginger White — as "someone that I know who is an acquaintance that I thought was a friend."
Cain went on to tell Blitzer that his wife is aware of the new accusation, and that her first reaction to the news was, "Here we go again."
Earlier Monday, WAMA said that White had come forward with the claim that she and Cain had carried on a 13-year relationship.
"It was pretty simple,” White told reporter Dale Russell in a report that was to air Monday evening. “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 denies the new allegations.
According to Talking Points Memo, Blitzer was unaware of the bombshell when he sat down to interview Cain for "The Situation Room" on Monday evening, but became aware of the accusations via Twitter during a commercial break, and Cain agreed to speak to the issue.
"This individual is going to accuse me of an affair for an extended period of time," Cain told Blitzer.
See Cain's pre-emptive response in the video below.
Cain has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women, with many of the accusations being aired in the media earlier this month. Cain blamed the press for the attention that the accusations received.
"There are too many people in the media who are downright dishonest," Cain said during a one-on-one debate with rival candidate Newt Gingrich. "They do a disservice to the American people."