In a long awaited announcement Herman Cain stood with his wife Gloria before a crowd of supporters at his campaign office in north DeKalb County, Georgia to say that he will suspend his campaign due to the continued hurt suffered by his family from “false allegations.”
“So as of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign,” he said.
Following revelations that he allegedly sexually harassed several women while head of the National Restaurant Association, and most recently, businesswoman Ginger White’s charge that she had an affair with the candidate for 13 years, Cain’s poll numbers have dramatically declined.
While Cain has denied the allegations and his campaign tried to counter the negativity — Friday launching a “Women for Cain” campaign — Cain told supporters Saturday that he will suspend the campaign.
“These false and unproved accusations continue to be spinned in the media and the court of public opinion so as to create a cloud of doubt over me, and this campaign, and my family. That spin hurts,” he said. “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.”
Cain said that while “Plan A” was running for president his “Plan B” is a new policy website called Thecainsolutions.com.
He added that he will be making an endorsement — not President Obama.
Friday night Cain returned to his Georgia home to face his wife for the first time since White’s bombshell revelation of a 13 year affair. The couple walked on stage together hand in hand.
Cain asserted that his wife, who has eschewed the spotlight, remains fully behind him.
Upon hearing of Cain’s decision to suspend his campaign GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann wished Cain well.
“Herman Cain provided an important voice to this process,” she said in a statement. “His ideas and energy generated tremendous enthusiasm for the conservative movement at a time it was so desperately needed to restore confidence in our country. I wish Herman, his wife Gloria, and his family all the best.”