WEST CHESTER, Ohio -- As Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" played after a Herman Cain campaign stop here this morning, the embattled presidential candidate told reporters that reassessing his campaign simply means "re-evaluating."
The Cain campaign has attempted to walk back comments made yesterday that indicated the former Georgia businessman was considering abandoning his bid for the White House. But speaking to a crowd of about 100 today, Cain remained defiant that he has no plans of dropping out any time soon.
"As you know, I have already been attacked,” Cain said. “Not because I have bad ideas, because the ideas are solid. They're attacking my character, my reputation and my name in order to try to bring me down. But you see, I don't believe that America is going to let that happen."
Of course, while the allegations of sexual misconduct and the latest accusation of an affair have consumed much of the coverage of his campaign, he also suffered a setback on substance, when he seemingly couldn’t think of an answer regarding his position on Libya. He has had several other missteps unrelated to the scandal.
Yesterday's news of Cain's consideration to leave the race came on the same day he was set to deliver a major foreign policy and national security speech in Michigan, an area where he has made several of those missteps. Cain picked up on the themes he hit on yesterday -- fostering U.S. military and economic might to develop friendships with other countries -- but like the previous night, his policies were overshadowed by a sex scandal and questions about the future of his campaign.
"With all of the mess going on over the past several weeks,” Cain said, “well, they've been trying to do a character assassination on me. Some of them even predicted that this room was going to be empty today. I don't think that I see any empty seats in here."
While working the rope line after the event, Cain cited a "groundswell" of support. Cain staffers say they have witnessed tremendous outreach from supporters urging the candidate not to leave the race.
But with the Iowa caucuses just over a month away, Cain's been have been moving down, not up, in recent polls.