*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.
Herman Cain announces that he is suspending his campaign as a Republican presidential candidate as his wife Gloria Cain looks on during the scheduled opening of a local campaign headquarters on Dec. 3, 2011 in Atlanta.
*The Daily Beast columnist Allison Samuels writes that Herman and Gloria Cain’s marriage had its share of problems over the years, in part due to the former GOP presidential candidate’s attraction to other women.
A friend of one [of] Cain’s two children explained: “It never felt like a real marriage when I was around them. Mostly he was always gone and his wife seemed to be OK with it. Not being together seemed the norm for their marriage, and Gloria didn’t seem to mind. His kids didn’t seem to mind either. ’’
The friend added that when Cain was around, he seemed completely in his own world.
“He was king of his castle and no one questioned him,’’ says the friend. “It was an uncomfortable set-up for an outsider like me to be around. He was so indifferent to everyone. But I liked Gloria. She was warm and kind.”
In other Cain news, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza admitted to having used quotes from the movie “Pokemon: The Movie 2000” — specifically the theme song, “The Power of One,” sung by Donna Summer – during several speeches in his run for the White House.
In August during the Republican primary debate in Iowa, Cain quoted “a poet” as having once said, “Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.”
It wasn’t the only time he quoted from the movie, and several bloggers have been quick to point out his gaffe.
On Saturday, he clarified the source.
“I believe these words came from the Pokémon movie. I’m not sure who the original author is, so don’t go write an article about the poet, but it says a lot about where I am — where I am with my wife and my family, and where we are as a nation,” Cain said, according to the Huffington Post. “Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It’s never easy when there’s so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference. There’s a mission just for you and me.”
Cain also admittted to GQ in a recent interview that he first heard the song during the Olympics and instantly sparked to it.
“I fell in love with this song, fell in love with how she sang the song and fell in love with the words,” she said. “Committed it to memory. Now, why did I commit it to memory? Because one of the things that I did before I ran for president is I was a professional speaker. Not a motivational speaker — an inspirational speaker. Motivation comes from within. You have to be inspired. That’s what I do. I inspire people, I inspire the public, I inspire my staff. I inspired the organizations I took over to want to succeed.”
(Herman Cain (with wife Gloria in the background, announces that he's calling off presidential campaign)
*It could’ve gone either way, but most folks were betting that Herman Cain would call to a halt his Republican presidential bid and that’s exactly what happened.
Saturday afternoon in Atlanta, according to ajc.com, Cain spoke to crowd of supporters and media personnel and officially announced that he is suspending his presidential campaign.
Cain said the onslaught of accusations of sexual harassment and marital infidelity has caused too much of a strain on his marriage and that after discussing it with his wife, Gloria, they agreed it was time to focus on their family.
“As of today with a lot off prayer and soul searching I am suspending my presidential campaign,” Cain said, his wife standing behind him. “Because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family, not because we’re not fighters.
But Cain said he “will not be silenced and I’m not going away.”
Cain said he’s on to “Plan B,” which revolves around a website where he will continue to push for solutions to the country’s problems.
Cain said he was inspired to run because “politicians in Washington” had failed the country. “The mess has just gotten bigger,” he said. “You were frustrated, I was frustrated. It was out of that frustration I made the decision to run.”
A crowd of more than 300 supporters had gathered on a brisk autumn morning in the parking lot of what was to be his new Atlanta headquarters in north DeKalb County.
For hours before Cain arrived, they milled about, waving signs, eating barbecue and expressing hope that Cain would stay in the race.
But, to the surprise of few in the political world, Cain said his campaign is over.
*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 shed some tears during an interview with ABC’s New Hampshire affiliate WMUR while talking about his wife, Gloria Cain.
When asked what the role of Gloria would be during his inauguration, Cain looked down and whispered, “I almost can’t say it.” With tears in his eyes, he said, “Holding the Bible when I’m sworn in.”
“Emotional, huh?” a reporter asked. Cain nodded and took a moment to collect himself. Watch the video below.
Meanwhile, Cain on Thursday became the first Republican presidential candidate to receive Secret Service protection.
The candidate asked for the security and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and congressional leaders approved his request Thursday, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan confirmed.
There have been threats against Cain, who had been experiencing a bounce in the polls, according to an official with knowledge of the situation who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the situation. The nature of the threats was unclear.