*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.
*(Via Fox 5 Atlanta) – An Atlanta businesswoman is breaking her silence, claiming she has been involved in a 13-year-long affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, FOX 5 senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell sat down with Ginger White, who had a story to tell.
“I’m not proud,” White told Russell. “I didn’t want to come out with this. I did not.”
White was worried a political tsunami was headed her way. So, she decided to head it off, by confessing she was involved in a 13-year-long affair with presidential hopeful Herman Cain.
“It was pretty simple,” White said. “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.”
Ginger White says she met Herman Cain in the late 90s in Louisville, Kentucky, when as president of the National Restaurant Association, he made a presentation. She was impressed. She says they shared drinks afterwards and he invited her back to his hotel room.
“’I’d like to see you again,’” White said Cain told her. “’You are beautiful to me, and I would love for us to continue this friendship.’”
She says in his hotel room, he pulled out a calendar and invited her to meet him in Palm Springs. She accepted, and she says the affair began.