Herman Cain quits Republican campaign

2011-12-03 21:23

Atlanta, Georgia - Herman Cain said on Saturday he is suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination for the US presidency, citing the pain caused to his family of allegations sexual misconduct.

"I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family," he told supporters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cain said he would endorse another Republican for the party's nomination in the near future, but vowed to continue to speak out in the future despite his decision not to go forward.

The dramatic announcement effectively ends a campaign that took Cain, a former pizza executive who rose from humble origins, to the front ranks of a Republican field despite his lack of political experience.

His decision followed a drumbeat of accusations that erupted early last month when two women came forth to charge that he sexually harassed them while he was president of a trade lobbying group in the 1990s.

The final blow came this week, when Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White disclosed she had had a 13-year extramarital affair with Cain that ended only eight months ago.

Cain has vehemently denied the charges.

"These false and unproved allegations continue to be [spun] in the media and in the court of public opinion so as 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 are being denied solutions to our problems."

  • Shoe - 2011-12-03 21:36

    Good thinking. The campaign was a big joke. He would definately do much better campaigning in his household for a scrumptous christmas dinner.

  • Bob - 2011-12-03 21:54

    How did this clown not realise that his sordid past would not come out of the woodwork when he ran for nomination. Little head controlling big head, does not work for the presidency of the USA!

      steve.dupreez - 2011-12-04 06:58

      It works in RSA - look at Zuma!

  • rbczovczov - 2011-12-03 22:22

    At least Herman Cain knows when to pull out......

      Anthony - 2011-12-04 08:45

      lol lol

  • Moss - 2011-12-03 22:50

    Its only a matter of time before an airhead from Tshwane link this to the ANC!!

      fishycraig - 2011-12-04 13:16

      And guess what. The airhead award goes to you for brining it up first.

  • Mabel - 2011-12-04 05:39

    How can so many women be wrong? This man's denials are a joke.

  • Dumi - 2011-12-04 07:58

    Pre-94 was perfect for you nhee Dupreez?????

      Anthony - 2011-12-04 09:11

      dumi --why do u have to think that dupreez is an apartheid supporter-- he makes a perfectly valid observation about zuma[do u read the papers] so get over yourself and forget the fact u are black stop being a racist

      fishycraig - 2011-12-04 13:18

      @ Anthony. Blacks can't be racist, can they?

  • Anthony - 2011-12-04 09:05

    isnt it sad how america is comming apart the republicans must have a death wish --cain ia a pain [clearly has a problem with his winkie] --mitt's a tit [he has 5 differentopinions on every issue] --newt has enough negative political baggage to fill a boeing surely the 50% of americans that vote republican arnt going to vote for one of these idiots for the white house --but then dont forget they put georgie porgie there for 8 years and he single handed brought the great USA to its knees and they are still paying for it if this is the best that the republicans can come up with its a sad day for america

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