Cain to ‘assess’ campaign viability through supporters’ emails, videos

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is asking supporters to send him emails and videos expressing why they want him to stay in the race for the White House.

“As I assess the future of my campaign, I need to gauge the support of the people of this great nation,” Cain wrote in an email to supporters on Friday.

At a rally on Friday, Cain said he’d announce his decision in Atlanta on Saturday.

“Tomorrow in Atlanta, I will be making an announcement,” Cain said. “But nobody’s going to get me to make that prematurely.”

In the email, Cain said he needs to know if his supporters are still behind him. “The only way we can gauge true support is by the willingness of our supporters to invest in this effort,” he said.

“Will you invest by sharing your personal story with me?” Cain asked in the email. “I need to hear why you chose to become a Cain supporter and how you feel I can help this nation by serving as President.”

Cain said he is “reassessing” whether he’ll stay in the presidential race as he fights what he calls false accusations of sexual misconduct and an alleged extramarital affair from his past. It’s not his first time re-evaluating whether his candidacy can survive.

“We have had similar meetings multiple times during my campaign journey,” he said. “As any good businessman, I want to analyze and understand my strengths and weaknesses, upcoming opportunities, and current threats.”

Cain has said he will discuss the prospect of dropping out of the race with his wife, Gloria, this weekend.

Steve Grubbs, who is overseeing Cain’s campaign in Iowa, told The Daily Caller he doesn’t know what Cain will decide.

“I know nothing,” Grubbs said in an email.

While the mere mention by Cain of dropping out likely signals his campaign is coming to an end soon, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza dropped another hit Friday that he is likely to continue.

His campaign announced that Cain still plans to attend the opening of his campaign headquarters in his home state of Georgia.

“We are confirming that it is still full steam ahead for the Cain Train with the Grand Opening Celebration and Open House for the Herman Cain 2012 State of Georgia campaign headquarters,” his campaign said in a press release.

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