Herman Cain Rejects
Sharon Bialek's Sexual Harassment Accusation in Arizona
November 9, 2011
U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has again denied
allegations that he sexually harassed women when he was the head of the
National Restaurant Association. Cain says he will not let the
accusations that date back to the late 1990s derail his bid for the
Herman Cain faced the media in the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona
Tuesday, a day after a fourth woman alleged she was the victim of his
unwanted sexual advances when he headed the restaurant association that
is headquartered in Washington.
"With respect to the most recent accusation, I have never acted
inappropriately with anyone. Period," said Cain.
Monday, the latest accuser went public, alleging that Cain sexually
harassed her after she sought his help on an employment issue. The
conservative African-American businessman, who has been at or near the
top in national presidential polls among Republicans hoping to unseat
Democrat Barack Obama, vigorously denied the accusations and said the
controversy will not force an end to his campaign.
"As far as these accusations causing me to back off and maybe withdraw
from this presidential primary race - ain't gonna happen," he said.
Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling
Institute in Connecticut, says it is too early to tell what impact
Cain's media appearance will have on his candidacy.
"Obviously Mr. Cain's motive in calling the news conference was to
dispose of the story and to try to make it go away so he can get back to
running for president," said Brown. "During these kinds of feeding
frenzies, candidates aren't able to talk to voters about the things that
they want to talk to them about, which is obviously their message."
Cain said he and his supporters are not going to allow Washington or
politics to deny him the opportunity to represent the country, and he
will not be deterred by what he called false, anonymous and incorrect
He hopes to instead continue the momentum of his campaign, as he and the
other Republican presidential hopefuls look ahead to the January 3rd
Iowa caucuses, the vote that officially begins the Republican nominating
process for a candidate to face President Obama in the November 2012