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Cain denies new allegation of affair

NBC's David Gregory and Chuck Todd discuss the impact the extra-marital affair claims against GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain will have on Cain's campaign and the overall Republican field.

 

A new woman alleged a 13-year-long affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Monday, prompting the former Godfather's Pizza CEO to issue fresh denials of any wrongdoing.

Cain sought to offer a pre-buttal to an Atlanta FOX affiliate's report featuring a woman who alleges she maintained an affair with Cain.

Cain offered no specific rebuttals to any of the forthcoming claims, explaining that he would not respond to allegations before the report had aired them. But he did acknowledge a relationship with the new woman, whom he called an "acquaintance" that he had tried to help.


 "We will address these when they come out. At this point, I just want to give you a heads-up, I don't have anything to hide," Cain said on CNN.

Ginger White, an Atlanta woman, told FOX affiliate WAGA that she engaged in a 13-year-long affair with Cain, which she said ended only months ago.

The woman is just the latest accuser of Cain, whose once-promising White House bid has been weighed down by a series of women to have come forward and accused him of sexual misconduct; other women have accused Cain of harassment, not an affair. Some of the women have made the claims publicly, while others' identities have not been made public.

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has denied having a 13-year affair with Ginger White, an Atlanta businesswoman who claims an intermittent relationship with Cain that ended a few months ago. NBC's Lisa Myers reports.

Still, Cain lumped the forthcoming allegation with the previous ones, which he has steadfastly denied and called "baseless." When asked specifically if he had an affair with this latest accuser, Cain replied: "No, it was not."

Cain's attorney responded to the FOX affiliate in more evasive terms: "This appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life," attorney Lin Wood said.

The businessman's campaign had blamed a variety of opponents -- from fellow Republican contenders, to Democrats -- for the trickle of accusers, and Cain himself indicated Monday that he thought the latest allegation stemmed from someone who wished to slow his campaign.

"What this says is that somebody's awfully afraid that I'm doing too well in this Republican nomination, to continue to dig up these stories to put a cloud and a damper on my campaign," he said without accusing a campaign or person specifically.

A woman has gone public with what she says was a 13-year consensual affair with presidential hopeful Herman Cain. But Cain is denying the story. NBC's Lisa Myers reports.

Cain also emphasized that he continued to carry on with his campaign, though he acknowledged for the first time that, if the media scrutiny of his personal life takes too large of a toll on his family, he might drop his White House bid.

"I'm not going to allow this sort of thing to cause me to drop out simply because it's tough on me," he said. "I don't want it to be tough on my family, and there comes a point where, if it's tough on my family, I have to consider that at that particular point and time."

When asked specifically about whether that would mean he could drop out, Cain said: "I'll make that decision dependent on the circumstances of how it's impacting my wife and my family."