WASHINGTON, D.C. — The public will soon get a chance to see the woman behind GOP frontrunner Herman Cain. His wife Gloria is accompanying him on his current trip to Washington, and plans to sit down for an interview with FOX News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” this Friday night.
With the recently revealed sexual harassment allegations against Cain and subsequent financial settlement during his time as president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, ABC News asked Cain whether his wife knew of the allegations and whether she had been supportive during this most recent controversy.
“My wife has been an absolute gem,” Cain said. “She and I happened to watch the breaking of this story last night together. It disturbed her about the exaggerations and innuendos far beyond what actually occurred, in the article. Now, she has been 200 percent supportive of me today, she has been 200 percent supportive of me for 43 years and so the good news is she happens to be with me on this trip.”
Cain often talks about his wife on the trail, talking about her support during his bout with Stage IV liver and colon cancer and how she accuses him of sounding like he’s “fussing” when he speaks passionately about politics. But the public has never heard from Gloria Cain and hasn’t seen her since Herman Cain’s initial announcement of his presidential bid back in May in Atlanta.
In his book, “This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House,” Cain talks about meeting his wife, Gloria Etchison, while he was a student at Morehouse College and she was a student at Morris Brown College.
“Some people have certain expectations concerning the traditional politician’s wife, though, and I’m often asked: ‘Where is your wife? Why isn’t she campaigning with you?’ ‘She is at home,’ I answer,” Cain writes in the book. “And Gloria will tell them that she’s not running but she supports me 100 percent. That’s all I need.
“We have shared mutual advice and support on key decisions and destination points for more than 43 years now and the love we share is priceless,” he writes.
During a speech at the Alabama Federation of Republican Women dinner in Huntsville, Ala., many of the attendees and Cain supporters wanted to know where their future first lady was.
Cain has said that due to the grueling schedule of a presidential candidate, that we would not be seeing his wife out on the campaign trail on a regular basis. “She helps me to maintain that calmness and sanity at home,” he said. “That’s what she helps us to do, maintain our calm, tranquil, family life.”
Michelle Obama has focused her efforts on “Let’s Move!” combating childhood obesity and promoting health and wellness. What would Gloria Cain’s project be as first lady? Herman Cain guessed that it would probably have something to do with grandchildren. The couple married in 1968 and have two children and three grandchildren.