US candidate Cain set for `major announcement`
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 03, 2011, 15:54
  
Atlanta: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is making a "major announcement" on Saturday on whether he will abandon his shaken campaign after a woman's allegation of an extramarital affair.

It is the latest and perhaps final twist in a saga that has taken the Georgia businessman from long shot to surprise front-runner to embattled tabloid subject.

Cain arrived at his home yesterday afternoon to talk with his wife of 42 years, Gloria, in their first face-to-face meeting since the allegation of a 13-year affair was made public this week. Cain's campaign also has been rocked by multiple sexual harassment allegations. He denies wrongdoing.

A political novice, Cain had leveraged strong anti-tax tea party support to hurtle to the front of the pack in October, casting himself as an antiestablishment outsider. His catchy 9-9-9 tax overhaul proposal helped his rise.

The main beneficiary of Cain's fall has been former speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, who has risen steadily in polls nationally and in early voting states. Gingrich has emerged as the main challenger to fellow front-runner Mitt Romney in the Republican race to take on President Barack Obama next year.

Earlier yesterday, in a speech in South Carolina, Cain would not disclose whether he would drop out but told supporters to stay tuned. He said he would clarify the next steps of the campaign and assured backers the affair claim was "garbage." But he also said he needed to consider what he would do with campaign donations already accepted if he dropped out of the race.

"My wife and family comes first. I've got to take that into consideration," Cain said.

Cain had not seen his wife since Ginger White, 46, came forward and said she had a sexual affair with Cain that lasted more than a decade. He has said they were only friends but acknowledged that he helped pay her monthly bills and expenses. His wife, Cain said, did not know of the friendship with White.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, December 03, 2011, 15:54


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