*Ginger White, whose accusation of a 13-year affair with Herman Cain contributed to his decision to suspend his presidential campaign Saturday, revealed intimate details of the alleged affair in an interview with The Daily Beast published Monday.
“One time we were having sex, and I was looking up at the ceiling, thinking about ‘What am I going to buy at the grocery store tomorrow? What I am going to do with my kids tomorrow?’” she said. “One time after we had sex, I cried. He said, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t do this for a while.’ So maybe he did have a heart — or half a heart. But I knew I needed his financial help.”
White defended her decision to take money from Cain. “I am a loving mother who has always wanted to make her own way and give her kids the best. I never wanted to take a handout, and I’ve said no more times than I said yes,” she said.
Cain acknowledged that he gave White financial help with “month-to-month bills and expenses,” without telling his wife, Gloria. He described White as a friend but denied any sexual affair with her.
Cain announced he was suspending his campaign Saturday. “These false and unproved allegations continue … to create a cloud of doubt over me and this campaign and my family,” he said. “That spin hurts. It hurts my wife, it hurts my family, it hurts me, and it hurts the American people, because you’re being denied solutions to our problems.”
White apologized to Cain’s wife, Gloria, and his children Thursday. “I am deeply, deeply sorry if I have caused any hurt to her and to his kids, to his family. That was not my intention. I never wanted to hurt anyone, and I’m deeply sorry. I am very sorry,” she said on MSNBC’s “The Last Word.”
White told The Daily Beast that she could not bring herself to watch Cain’s announcement Saturday.
*Presidential hopeful Herman Cain is supposed to “meet” face to face with his wife today to discuss the future of his campaign and allegations that he had a 13-year affair with another woman.
In what has been the most definitive statement yet that he could end his campaign amid falling poll numbers and financial contributions, Cain told the editorial board of the New Hampshire Union Leader on Thursday that he was considering dropping out of the race, but for now was continuing to meet all campaign commitments.
He later told Sean Hannity of Fox News that he will make a decision before Monday, reports CNN.
Cain told the newspaper that he repeatedly gave Ginger White money to help her with “month-to-month bills and expenses.” However, he denied a sexual affair, as White alleges. He said the two were just friends.
In the interview, Cain said his wife, Gloria Cain, did not know about White or his financial support for her until the Atlanta woman came forward last week.
“My wife now knows,” Cain told the newspaper. “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.”
Cain told the Union Leader that he gave White money, but refused to divulge how much.
Saying that no questions would have been raised if the story involved giving money to a needy male friend, Cain added that his wife “is comfortable with the explanation that I told her.”
Asked by the newspaper about reports of text messages he had exchanged with White, Cain confirmed that the woman had sent him about 70 such messages between October 22 and November 18 including some “asking for financial assistance.”
“She was out of work and had trouble paying her bills and I had known her as a friend,” Cain said. “She wasn’t the only friend who I had helped in these tough economic times, and so her messages to me were relating to ‘need money for rent’ or whatever the case may be. I don’t remember all the specifics.”
The allegation of an extramarital affair, following accusations of sexual harassment from other women, has seriously damaged Cain’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Once a surprise front-runner in the race, he has plunged in the polls since initial allegations of sexual harassment emerged in October.
Cain told staffers this week he was reassessing his campaign in the wake of White’s allegation of an affair, and he acknowledged to reporters Wednesday that her account had led to a drop in campaign contributions.
Cain told the newspaper he would drop out of the race if his wife asked him to, but quickly added that she wouldn’t.
In a fund-raising letter Tuesday night after White spoke to the media about the alleged relationship, Cain wrote that “a troubled Atlanta businesswoman used national media outlets to promulgate a fabricated, unsubstantiated story about a 13-year affair with me. I am writing you today to assure you that this woman’s story is completely false.”
Meanwhile, White gave an apology Thursday to Cain’s wife and their children for her actions.
“I am not a cold-hearted person. I am a mother of two kids. And of course my heart bleeds for this woman because I am a woman and being in a situation like this cannot be fun,” White said on MSNBC.
“And I am deeply, deeply sorry if I have caused any hurt to her and to his kids, to his family. That was not my intention. I never wanted to hurt anyone and I’m deeply sorry. I am very sorry,” she told host Lawrence O’Donnell.
*Continuing his campaign amid affair allegations, Herman Cain revealed to FOX News that he has not seen his wife Gloria since the latest woman to come forward and accuse the GOP candidate of a 13-year extramarital affair.
“Since I’ve been campaigning all week, I haven’t had an opportunity to sit down with her and walk through this with my wife and my family. I will do that when I get back home on Friday,” Cain told reporters gathered at his New Hampshire campaign headquarters Wednesday night.
Asked about his recent announcement that he would “reassess” his campaign, Cain said, “I am not going to make a decision until after we talk face to face.”
The former business executive says the numerous affair allegations have taken a heavy emotional toll on his family – particularly Gloria. Cain said he had spoken to his wife only by phone since Monday, the day an Atlanta television station reported the woman’s accusation. Since then, aides have crafted a packed campaign schedule with stops in Ohio, New Hampshire, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia and prepared to launch a fresh round of TV ads in Iowa.
Cain talked about Gloria’s reaction to the story in an interview with FOX News on Wednesday.
“Yes, she did ask me, and I have told her exactly what has happened and what the situation is,” he said. “My wife loves me, she just told me that again today. She just wants to know the truth, which I have given her the truth and she just gets upset when she sees the implications and the distortions by some people in the media.”
When asked why White would lie about an affair, Cain told FOX that her announcement was “totally out of the blue,” and she is out to destroy his candidacy.
“I have no idea, unless the people who I believe are putting her up to this,” he said. “Maybe that was one of the lines that she was supposed to use. I have no idea, I honestly don’t.”
Cain was to sit down Thursday afternoon with the New Hampshire Union Leader, an influential conservative voice in the first-in-the-nation primary state. This evening the former pizza executive is scheduled to deliver a business-focused speech at Middle Tennessee State University.
“There were some people who thought that I was finished,” Cain said Wednesday night. “But I’m going to leave it with Yogi Berra’s comment: ‘It ain’t over till it’s over.’ And it ain’t over yet.”
Atlanta-area businesswoman Ginger White, 46, said her affair with Cain ended this year before he became a White House candidate. He has denied any such affair, and in a letter addressed to “patriots and supporters” called her allegations “completely false” and labeled her “troubled.”
“It’s very disappointing that he would call me troubled and, you know, it’s unfortunate,” White said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Herman Cain denies allegations of an affair during an appearance on CNN's "Situation Room" (Nov. 28, 2011)
*Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has decided to get ahead of a story that is about to break regarding more allegations that he has cheated on his wife – this time by maintaining a long-term extra-marital affair.
Cain tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that a third woman (Ginger White) will make false sexual accusations against him, but he denies the new allegations and said he plans to stay in the race.
“This individual is going to accuse me of an affair for an extended period of time,” Cain told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”
“I did not have an affair,” Cain continued. “I have done nothing wrong.”
Cain said his attorney has been told that an Atlanta TV station is coming out with a story about the alleged affair.
Cain has been the subject of at least two claims of sexual harassment, which he has strongly denied.