Gloria Cain, wife of GOP candidate Herman Cain, has given her first televised interview ever, to Greta Van Susteren of Fox News.
The interview is scheduled to air Monday night, but according to partial transcripts already released, Mrs. Cain strongly defends her husband against the allegations of sexual harassment.
“You hear the graphic allegations and we know that would have been something that’s totally disrespectful of her as a woman. And I know the type of person he is. He totally respects women.”
“I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said," according to Mrs. Cain (see video below).
Married to her husband for 43 years, Gloria Cain has been a non-entity on the campaign trail. According to her husband, she simply doesn’t like being in the spotlight. But with Cain’s poll numbers dipping as the scandal continues to play out, the campaign clearly decided it was time to bring her out. And Cain himself is quoting his wife.
Last week, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Herman Cain said:
"My own wife said that I wouldn't do anything as silly as what that lady was talking about, because she does know me," Cain said about one of the accusers, Sharon Bialek.
"I've been married for 43 years to the same woman and I'm proud of it."
Four women have made allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior , including two who settled harassment claims while Cain was the head of the National Restaurant Association.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll last Thursday and Friday found Cain , with 20 percent support, was second to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who polled 28 percent, among Republican voters in the race for the party's presidential nomination.
Meanwhile, Mr. Cain has taken another step to defend himself: Last week, he hired a high profile libel lawyer.
Atlanta attorney Lin Wood told Reuters on Thursday he was not hired to scare, intimidate, or threaten anyone from making statements, but to monitor the accusations against Cain.
"I would certainly at some point and time give him my legal evaluation of whether any of these particular statements are potentially actionable," Wood said. "But I was not hired to run out and file a lawsuit against anybody.
Wood was hired just before Sharon Bialek became the first woman to go public with allegations that Cain had behaved inappropriately with her.
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