Cain Tells Newspaper Ending Presidential Campaign Is ‘An Option’


herman-cainHerman Cain, reassessing his Republican presidential bid as he denies allegations, told a New Hampshire newspaper today that ending his campaign is “an option” he is considering.

Cain’s acknowledged in an interview with the editorial board of the Union Leader in Manchester that he is weighing an exit from the race. That is in contrast to his message to voters yesterday, when he implored supporters in Ohio and New Hampshire not to give up on him amid what he said is a campaign of “character assassination” by opponents who fear his candidacy.

“They want you to believe that we can’t do this,” Cain said in a speech yesterday at a hotel in Dayton, Ohio. “They want you to believe that, with enough character assassination on me, that I will drop out.”

He has said he will make a decision within days based on the emotional toll the charges are taking on his family and their effect on his donors and supporters.

“The e-mails have been just overwhelming in terms of encouragement to stay, but I’ve got to think about my family first,” Cain said in an interview yesterday on Fox News. He said he suspected Democrats had fabricated the allegations because they were “a little bit threatened” by his candidacy. “My star was shining and rising too fast.”

{Bloomberg News/ Newscenter}