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Herman Cain Ending Campaign Over Affair

Herman Cain told his national campaign staff today that he needs to decide whether an accusation of a 13-year affair with an Atlanta woman will create “too much of a cloud” for his supporters.

“If a decision is made, different than we should plow ahead, you all will be the first to know,” he said to 94 people on a conference call at 10:15 a.m. Central.

On Monday, Atlanta’s Fox 5 TV station broke the news that Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White claims she and the Republican presidential hopeful had an extramarital affair that lasted until just before Cain announced his bid for the White House on May 21.

During the six-minute call this morning, Cain, a retired restaurant executive, denied the accusation, and reminded his staff that it’s not the first time he has reassessed his candidacy.

“Now with this latest one, we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud in some people’s minds as to whether or not they should support us going forward,” he said, in a calm, matter-of-fact voice.

The Des Moines Register was invited to join the conference call to listen to Cain’s comments about “the recent firestorm,” as he called it.

via Herman Cain to staff: We’re reassessing campaign, but plowing on for now | Iowa Caucuses.

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