Cain Announces He's Suspending His Campaign

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Cain train has come to a stop.

Herman Cain suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday following a steady drumbeat of sexual misconduct allegations he said were harming his family and drowning out his ability to deliver his message.

With just one month to go until the lead-off Iowa caucuses, Cain's announcement is tantamount to a concession. Still, he told supporters, he planned to continue his efforts to influence Washington and announced "Plan B" - what he called a grassroots effort to return government to the people.

Cain denounced the accusations of impropriety against him as "false and unproven" but said that they had been hurtful to his family, particularly his wife, Gloria.

"So as of today, with a lot of prayer and soul-searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign. I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family," a tired-looking Cain told about a 400 supporters.

It was a remarkable turnabout for a man that just weeks ago vaulted out of nowhere to the top of the GOP field, fueled by a populist, outsider appeal and his catchy 9-9-9 tax overhaul plan.

Saturday's event was a bizarre piece of political theater even for a campaign that has seemed to thrive on defying convention.

Cain marked the end of his bid at what was supposed to be the grand opening of his new campaign headquarters in Atlanta. Minutes before he took the stage to pull the plug with his wife, Gloria, at his side, aides and supporters took to the podium to urge attendees to vote for Cain and travel to early voting states to rev up support for his bid.

"Join the Cain train," David McCleary, Cain's Georgia director, urged the audience.

Cain said he would offer an endorsement in the near future and he predicted a scramble among Republicans in the field to win the backing of his conservative, tea party base.

Former GOP rivals quickly issued statements Saturday praising Cain's conservative credentials and appeal. His withdrawal could help those seeking to run as an alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, seen by some as too moderate.

Cain's announcement came five days after an Atlanta-area woman claimed she and Cain had an affair for more than a decade, a claim that followed several allegations of sexual harassment against the Georgia businessman.

"Now, I have made many mistakes in life. Everybody has. I've made mistakes professionally, personally, as a candidate, in terms of how I run my campaign. And I take responsibility for the mistakes I've made, and I have been the very first to own up to any mistakes I've made," he said.

But Cain intoned: "I am at peace with my God. I am at peace with my wife. And she is at peace with me."

Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza chief executive who has never held elected office, rose just weeks ago to lead the volatile Republican race. But Cain fumbled policy questions, leaving some to wonder whether he was ready for the presidency. Then it was revealed at the end of October that the National Restaurant Association had paid settlements to two women who claimed Cain sexually harassed them while he was president of the organization.

A third woman told The Associated Press that Cain made inappropriate sexual advances but that she didn't file a complaint. A fourth woman also stepped forward to accuse Cain of groping her in a car in 1997.

Cain has denied wrongdoing in all cases, and continued to do so Saturday.

Polls suggest his popularity has suffered. A Des Moines Register poll released Friday showed Cain's support plunging, with backing from 8 percent of Republican caucusgoers in Iowa, compared with 23 percent a month ago.

But Cain said Saturday he would not go away and would continue trying to influence Washington from the outside,

He announced the formation of, which he said was a grassroots effort to bring government back to the people.

"I am not going to be silenced, and I am not going away. And therefore, as of today, Plan B. Plan B," he said.

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  • by A sucker born every my book!!!! on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:53 PM
    To my gullible supporters....Keep sending me your money and buying my book! Grinning all the way to the Bank, Herman Cain
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    It's interestin­g that the Cain defenders have gone from 'this woman is lying' to 'well okay she wasn't lying but she's a gold-digge­r', without ever voicing the slightest bit of disappoint­ment in their own lying, philanderi­ng candidate. Talk about a party of Clowns.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    "Stand by your man." Tammy Wynette, Hillary Clinton,etc.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Dec 4, 2011 at 04:46 AM
    Lavon and Barlow, why are you even bothering to post? Apparently, no one told you? Its anybody but Obama so sit at the sidelines on the bench while the real leaders campaign. That denial thing you got going on is getting scary...go to Gallop or Rasmussen...pick one, read them then suck it up, its over for you socialist marxist dictator. He is a dismal failure on the economy and that is what threw him under the bus. Just have a good cry and a nice big glass of sweet iced koolaid!
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      by and.. on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:26 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      first Steele then Cain who ya got left? I'm thinking the Minority vote for the gop will be non existant. Hey I know you could have Michelle for VP that way you will get all the votes from the TINFOIL HAT AND SHEEP CROWD>
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:49 AM in reply to and..
        I am not sure why the DNC has this obsession about black candidates and attacking them. We know they have a problem with women based on what they did to Palin and Bachman. The DNC claims to represent the minority vote yet they attacked this man will well paid witnesses. I guess they were doing their DNC job. Oh to clarify Sheep=democrat. Sorry, go graze while there is still grass left.
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          by W hat ? on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:11 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          You Idiot, Cain himself accused Rick Perry of the leak. Just because it was leaked does not mean it never happened or it was a conspiracy. This man has a pattern of taking advantage of women. If his wife was standing behind him 100%, than why did he suspend his campaign? If you noticed he did not quit, got to keep the money from gullible idiots like you coming in. Have you bought his book yet? BTW, the DNC did not have to do anything to against Palin and Bachmann...they did it to themselves, just listen to some of there rants.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:25 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          And you call me an idiot. Can you please post that link to Cain accusing Perry? And do you want all the attacks links for Palin and Bachman? Make that easy for you, just google personal attacks on either. My point, who is the idiot, the one that believed everything Bill Maher ranted along with Rachael Madcow, or the ones of us that saw it for what is was? Thirty attorneys hired by the DNC on Palin in that the first you heard about that? Now how much trouble or money do you think they would spend to slander Cain? We get it, you are blinded by the sheep but in front of you.
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          by Bud on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Everybody just keep in mind that Ole Sock gets his news from The Blaze. So forgive him if he's vulnerable to Glenn Beck's crazy conspiracy theories, and everything he thinks he knows is just, well, wrong. Sorry Ole Sock, you're a relic from a bygone era, a victim of propaganda. Maybe one day you'll wake up from your bad dream and the Republican party will just be a distant memory.
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          by TO osoc (the idiot) on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:58 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Just for OSOC@2:25 "YEA...THE IDIOT" As the scandal surrounding Herman Cain's alleged sexual harassment problem takes on a life of its own, the former pizza titan is hitting back with accusations that the story was a hit job from Rick Perry's campaign. In an interview with Forbes today, Cain said he is absolutely certain the story was leaked by Curt Anderson, a big-time Washington media consultant who recently joined the Perry campaign. Incidentally, Anderson also worked on Cain's failed 2004 Senate campaign.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 at 02:30 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Where r u la-la land ? Do you think that a balck candidate is excempt from scrutiny ? Go ahead and follow the "yellow brick road" You will wake up someday just like Dorothy did ! LOL
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      by and... on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:47 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      snake man, I am just sorry for the other people that have to deal with you in the Glenn Beck fan Club.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:59 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      You question Barlow and Lavon, yet you supported GW Bush(2Xs), Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, that Huckabee fella, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain....all losers, just like yourself. Man, you really can pick-um. Newt doesn't know it yet, but you have given him the curse also. What a Buffoon.
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        by Bud on Dec 6, 2011 at 04:38 AM in reply to
        Ole Sock is just trying to do for Obama what Rush Limbaugh did for Bill Clinton in 1996, he got him re-elected! Didn't you know that Old Sock is a closet Libterd?
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:18 AM in reply to Bud
          You libterds, geez...posting worthless letters for nothing. Thanks for proving that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. A generic Republican candidate now holds an eight-point advantage over President Obama in a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup for the week ending Sunday, December 4. This is the largest gap measured between the two since early September. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds the generic Republican earning 49% support to Obama's 41%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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      by Earl on Dec 7, 2011 at 01:48 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      Have you taken your Meds today? If not do so NOW!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 04:46 AM
    Clinton had Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky.. & he was a good president.. why would people be so critical of Herman Cain????
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 4, 2011 at 02:49 PM in reply to
      Oh, so previous wrongs by another president should clear the way for future president-wannabe's? Let's rephrase this 'old school style'; "So and so did thus and such, so why can't I?" Sound familiar?
  • by WhyILoveobama on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:53 AM
    So clinton be done and commit perjury and obama be done and lift dont ask dont tell so men can smooch other men out in the open while they serve they country and obama had a gay incounter with some sinclair dude but some of you wont to talk smack bout cain and aint gots no proof about nothing.The final word for some of you up in here be a HIPOCRIT!Aint that right Lovan and Borlaw?
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      by Barlow on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:30 AM in reply to WhyILoveobama
      What is right is that you're an idiot. If Fox told you diamonds grew in cow flops you'd believe it and then say, "Well, prove it's not true!"
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        by WhyILoveobama on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:21 AM in reply to Barlow
        Everything I say be true.Please go get help if you think a Fox can talk.
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        by WhyILoveobama on Dec 4, 2011 at 08:24 AM in reply to Barlow
        Foxes can talk?Strange man you are.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:58 PM in reply to WhyILoveobama
          Man, you need help NOW!
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:51 AM in reply to Barlow
        Name calling...typical. No facts to support what you say as usaul and then attacking the number one news in America....
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          by Bud on Dec 6, 2011 at 04:32 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          Ole Sock complaining about name calling? The pot says the kettle is BLACK!
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:20 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          Bug, thanks for proving my point with some office workers here at Obama Snake Oil Co. It was, no one could dispute my post and would resort to name calling...Thanks again!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 01:53 AM
    for all of you that think Cain is guilty, post photos or video of him and any of these women together. Post video showing any of them entering the SAME HOTEL on the same day. There are video cameras everywhere today. Cell phone cameras. Where are the actual text messages sent back and forth between their cell phones ? Are you telling me that all text messages are deleted ? None on a server SOMEWHERE ?? I'm glad that you're not on a jury at my trial. Guilty until proved innocent. That's the new American way huh ?
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      by Lavon on Dec 4, 2011 at 02:52 PM in reply to
      LOL!! Face it dude. CainIs the face of your Party. If I were you I would hide your wife of girlfriend. He might decide to come after her...
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 4, 2011 at 02:52 PM in reply to
      Look up the definition of these words: SNEAKY; UNDER-COVER; PROTECTED; WITNESSES. He has been uncovered by his mistresses, who are witnesses now, and his security guards should be subpoenaed too; not just his phone records. He knows it's all gonna come out; that's why he's bowing out of the presidential race now. His sudden soul-purging piety does not fool me.
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      by and... on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:52 PM in reply to
      to sum up Cains run - # 10 pizza guy 9-9-9 kaaapoooww! i jus be helpin wif the house rent and car payment , I be havin a meetin wif my wife today , talk wif yall when all this swirling calms down in me head.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Dec 3, 2011 at 11:59 PM
    Don't worry Cain, there's a job waiting for you over at Fox News. That's normally where all the failed candidates from the Republican and Tea Party ends up. So long Bruh! Tell Sean Hannity I said wassup!
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Dec 3, 2011 at 11:44 PM
    Do you still believe in the Tea Party? LOL!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 02:05 AM in reply to Lavon
      Teaparty participation has fallen 70% in the last year....I wonder why?
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:27 AM in reply to
        You can dream can't you, you have nothing else afterall. I hear all the libterdial web sites posting that same story.
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          by and.. on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:53 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          yoall be sorry when I get back at you wif fox news an 999
  • by 40some on Dec 3, 2011 at 09:18 PM
    Lovely. They'll post a comment that says, "F'yall" on the story about "3rd murder in two weeks" but not what I have to say about this, that contained no hint of profanity.
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