Now that businessman Herman Cain has announced his plans to “reassess” his candidacy for president of the United States, the other GOP contenders have plenty to say about him, most of it “supportive.”
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who lost her front tier status as more social conservatives turned to Cain as a more viable candidate, is hedging on whether or not Cain should just go ahead and drop out of the running, saying it’s not her call to make. “‘That’s for the voters to determine and he’ll have to make the determination about where he goes with his campaign,’ Bachmann said on CNN. ‘His campaign is reassessing where he’s at and I’m sure he’ll make a decision before too long.’” However, she does position herself as the candidate to turn to if you want to ensure there are no skeletons waiting in the closet.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich also played it close to the vest, despite being the candidate benefiting the most from Cain’s fall from grace. “‘No one’s disqualified,’ Gingrich told CBS News. ‘I think every candidate has the right to try to recover.’ More specifically, he added, ‘I like Herman Cain personally … I think it must be very painful to go through what he’s going through right now.’” Considering all of the public issues with infidelity Gingrich has gone through, he would know exactly how “painful” Cain’s current experience is.
And once more, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman breaks from the rest of the GOP pack, saying Cain should just pack it in. “You’ve got to be reconsidering just based on how we have lost focus on the issues that really do matter. Every time another accusation comes up, it diminishes our ability to stay focused on the issues that really do matter for the American people. And I think that’s a disservice to the voters.”
Cain is expected to make a decision about his campaign’s future sometime this week. In the meantime, his lawyer said he has not ruled out filing charges against Ginger White, who publicly accused Cain earlier this week of having a long standing extramarital affair with her.
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