MANCHESTER, N.H. – As nearly 50 supporters squeezed into his small, six-room headquarters here in New Hampshire, Herman Cain used the words of Yogi Berra to define the state of his campaign just two days after a woman named Ginger White came forward claiming to have engaged in a long-term affair with the presidential candidate.
“After that latest firestorm, there were some people that thought that I was finished, but I’m going to leave it with Yogi Berra’s comment: It ain’t over till it’s over, and it ain’t over yet,” Cain told supporters as they cheered him on.
Cain said his experience as a businessman has taught him the need to reassess a situation, giving only a timeline of the “next several days” until he makes a decision about how he will proceed with his campaign.
Cain told reporters in a media availability after the short speech that he is waiting to make his final decision about continuing with the presidential race until he sits down face to face with his wife on Friday to discuss the impact the latest allegations have had upon his family.
“Since I’ve been campaigning all week, I haven’t had an opportunity to sit down with her and walk through this with my wife and my family. I will do that when I get back home on Friday,” said Cain.
In what became a heated exchange between a reporter and the candidate, Cain was asked if he had even discussed the accusations with his wife.
“You haven’t sat down and discussed Ginger White with your wife yet?” the reporter asked.
“I have discussed this with my wife many times since Monday. You are making an accusation, quite frankly, that is not true,” Cain said. “Now are you going to be contentious or do you want me to answer the question? I have talked to my wife many times since Monday about this situation. … I have not talked to her face to face. That’s what I said. We have had many lengthy conversations. … This is another reason why that I am not going to make a decision until after we’ve talked face to face.”
Cain said campaign strategy, support from voters and fundraising are other factors he will reevaluate over the coming days. The businessman said fundraising dropped when the latest accusation was made on Monday, but since “this woman who has made these accusations has basically started to contradict herself, our fundraising is starting to go back up. It’s not up to the level of where it was, but a lot of people are saying – you know what? – they don’t believe it.”
Cain refused to characterize his relationship with White, answering a reporter’s question about her by simply discussing his 9-9-9 plan.
But while Cain said he’d reassess his campaign strategy, he did not deny that other accusations similar to the three that have been lodged against him so far might arise in the future.
“My career was in business for over 40 years,” he said. “I have worked with thousands of people. I can’t possibly say that someone won’t trump up another accusation. It just goes with the territory, so there’s no way that I can guarantee that some more ‘mess,’ as my grandmother would say, is going to come up.”