Thanks to good ol’ Ginger it’s about to be a wrap for Big Daddy Cain. Herman Cain held a conference call with his senior staff this morning, informing them that he is “reassessing” whether to remain in the race. Cain said he will make his final decision “over the next several days.”
National Review was on the five minute call. Read the transcript below:
“Obviously, you’re all aware of this recent firestorm that hit the news yesterday,” Cain began, his voice somber. “First thing I want to do is say to you what I have said publicly: I deny those charges, unequivocally. Secondly, I have known this lady for a number of years. And thirdly, I have been attempting to help her financially because she was out of work and destitute, desperate. So, thinking that she was a friend — and I have helped many friends — I now know that she wasn’t the friend that I thought she was. But it was a just a friendship relationship.”
“That being said, obviously, this is cause for reassessment,” he continued. “As you know, during the summer we had to make some reassessments based upon our financial situation. We were able to hang in there; we reassessed the situation and kept on going. We also did a reassessment after the Iowa straw poll and we made another reassessment after the Florida straw poll. When the previous two accusations, false accusations, came about, we made another assessment. The way we handled those was, we continued on with our schedule. We made an assessment about what was going to happen to our support. But our supporters, and even some folks that we didn’t have as supporters, they stood with us, and they showed it not only in terms of their verbal support, they showed it in terms of their dollars.”
“Now, with this latest one, we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people’s minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth,” Cain said.
“Over the next several days, we are going to continue with the schedule as usual,” he said. “I’ve got a major speech tonight at Hillsdale College on national security and foreign policy, and I will deliver it with vim, vigor, and enthusiasm. And then tomorrow we’ve got some media appearances scheduled. So we’re going to continue until we complete our assessment over the next several days.”
“But if a decision is made, different than to plow ahead, you all will be the first to know,” he said. “So until that time, I want to continue to thank you all for your support, thank you for your prayers. It’s taken an emotional toll, but the people in the audience tonight will never know it.”
“It’s also taken a toll on my wife and family, as you would imagine,” he concluded. “Any time you put another cloud of doubt, unfortunately, in the court of public opinion, for some people, you’re guilty until proven innocent. And so, the public will have to decide whether they believe her or whether they believe me. That’s why we’re going to give it time, to see what type of response we get from our supporters.”
It’s not looking good at this point either, Cain is already cancelling scheduled appearances, including a dinner with prominent journalists per Politico:
As Herman Cain’s woes continue to mount on the presidential campaign trail, he abruptly cancelled a private dinner with New York’s media elite planned for this Sunday.
Cain had reached out to New York Post columnist Cindy Adams to host a gathering at her Park Avenue apartment so that he could meet some of New York’s top journalists and politicians.
Among those on the guest list were Barbara Walters, Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly, Lesley Stahl, Senator Chuck Schumer and Greta Van Susteren who recently interviewed Cain and his family on Fox News.
Van Susteren’s husband, lawyer John Coale is a friend of Cain’s and serves as an advisor to him.
Cindy Adams tells NY1 she received a call this morning from Coale after Cain asked him to cancel the dinner in case he drops out of the race.
NY1’s Roma Torre was also invited to the event.
Say it with us folks: Ho Sit Down!!!!!!! Peace out Big Daddy Cain! Deuces! Don’t let the door hit ya…