In her first ever televised interview Gloria Cain, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, addressed allegations that her husband sexually harassed several women during his tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.
Noting that she was nervous, Cain jumped right into addressing the most controversial charges against her husband with “On the Record” host Greta van Sustren, saying that the allegations are not consistent with the man she married 43 years ago.
“The first week and a half I think I was in shock, because I didn’t see it coming and there were such ugly things said,” she said. “And I kept thinking, ‘Who are these people talking about? This isn’t Herman.’”
Cain said that after about a week and a half of watching the accusations unfold, she just had to cut herself off from the news. Her spirits, she said, then began to lift.
“I know the person that he is and I know that the person that they were talking about — I don’t know who that person is and we have been married for 43 years and if I haven’t seen parts of that person in 43 years. I don’t think I am that simple that I would miss something that significant.”
Cain said that while everyone may have an opinion, they do not know her husband.
According to Cain, her husband did not brief her on what was going to come out in the initial Politico article, saying that he mentioned there was an article coming about sexual harassment, but did not dwell on it. She said she expected it to just be “hearsay.”
“Then on the news that night I started seeing the actual story and it started to snowball. So at that point I really didn’t know what hit me, but it started that Sunday night when it first hit the media.”
She explained that she finally confronted him about the allegations. He told her the same thing he has been saying publicly.
“I wanted to know, are there any accusations — do you remember any of these people, do you remember anything happening that was considered sexual harassment, or what? He kept saying ‘no,’” she said. “He told me about the first lady who made the accusations through the National Restaurant Association and for some reason that rang a bell.”
Cain explained that she vaguely remembered one of the incidents of sexual harassment from 15 years ago, but that at the time it was not a big deal as the accusations were deemed “unfounded” and they had never spoken about it again.
With regard to the story Sharon Bialek brought forward last week with her attorney Gloria Allred — charging Herman Cain with attempting to reach up her skirt when she approached him for employment help — Cain said that she believes Bialek to be completely untruthful.
“I watched her on the news that day because I wanted to hear her specific allegations and the things that she was saying — I’m sitting there thinking, ‘You weren’t in the car with Herman. I don’t know where you have been, but I know Herman Cain and I know he has always had too much respect for women to treat them in any type of negative way.’”