Herman Cain told the media Wednesday in West Chester that he was “reassessing” his bid for the White House in the wake of this Tuesday’s report from the Des Moines Register of the allegation that he engaged in a 13-year extramarital affair with an Atlanta woman.
“We are reassessing as we speak,” Cain said.
When asked if he could be a little more specific, Cain said.“Yes, reassessment means re-evaluation.”
When Cain confirmed that he was “reassessing” his campaign after his speech at the Cincinnati Marriott North, a few supporters near the back of the room cheered “stay in the race.”
Cain also told the media that has received “a groundswell of positive support” from his supporters.
During his 31-minute speech, Cain discussed domestic threats, foreign policy and his “9-9-9” tax plan. He also addressed his recent allegations and said he has “been attacked.”
“As you know, I have already been attacked, not because I have bad ideas because the ideas are solid,” Cain said. “They are attacking my character, my reputation and my name in order to try and bring me down. But you see, I don’t believe that America is going to let that happen.
“I happen to believe that, we the people, are still in charge of this country. I happen to believe that we the people, you the people, know that you want something different in the White House because we don’t have leadership in the White House.”
Many of Cain’s supporters are not thinking about who they will back if Cain drops out of the race.
“I am not looking that far ahead,” Loveland City Council member Paulette Leeper said. “That is why I am here. I think he is the right guy.”
Cain supporters cheered on Cain and agreed that the presidential candidate was being attacked.
“I think he is being attacked because he is the only candidate that has really proposed a way to change the existing establishment and I think he is perceived to be a real threat,” said Jim Stansbury of Louisville, Ky.
“I believe these are cooked up charges. If you look at the women who have come forward, they all have exactly the same baggage and they are not as believable as Herman Cain.”
Loveland resident Steve Jackson concurred and said, “the potential for it being false is extremely high.”
“Whoever gets the nomination is going to be – just bombarded all year. He was doing really well and that is when it started.
“Our fearless leader has a billion dollars to spend on whatever he wants – to smear whoever.”
(Video below is of Cain addressing some questions about his campaign after his speech. If you missed the speech live – there is also video of the Cain speech on WestChesterBuzz.com. Above this post, there are photos of the event)