November 28, 2011 5:58pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
Herman Cain Hits Cable News Rounds as Woman Alleges 13-Year Affair (Video)
Herman Cain attempted to meet his latest sex scandal head on, addressing accusations before they were made public.
In a preemptive appearance on CNN, Cain told Wolf Blitzer that an “acquaintance” would be stepping forward with additional allegations against him. On Monday, Nov. 28, Fox 5 Atlanta ran an interview with Ginger White, who accused the former businessman of engaging an a 13-year extramarital affair.
“It is someone that I know who is an acquaintance, that I thought was a friend,” Cain said of his accuser. “That much I do know.”
In its report, Fox 5 Atlanta said that White had Cain’s name and number in her cell phone contacts. When the reporter dialed the number, Cain answered.
“I know that the court of public opinion is gonna formulate it’s own opinion, I can’t control people who are going to make a decision based upon accusations,” Cain said on CNN. “When specifics are made, through my attorney -- because we’re trying to run a campaign we’re trying to connect with the people on the issues -- through my attorney, we will respond to every detail and every allegation. But I just wanted to give you a heads up and your audience a heads up, here we go again.”
According to the Huffington Post, Cain’s appearance was part of a previously scheduled interview. As luck would have it, CNN producers began noticing tweets referencing the forthcoming story during a commercial break and Cain agreed to discuss it on-air.
White alleges that Cain paid for airplane tickets so that she could join him in various cities. “It was fun,” she said. “It was something that took me away from my humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting.”
In a response, Cain’s campaign team released a statement saying that his accusers were trying to “derail the Cain Train with more accusations of past events that never happened.”