Well, dang it all, it seems we won’t have Herman Cain to kick around any more…
(Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain effectively ended his 2012 White House race on Saturday, saying “false and unproved” sexual accusations have made it impossible for him to carry on a credible campaign.
Cain’s conservative supporters will have to find a new home with voting to start next month in the race to determine the Republican’s presidential nominee for 2012.
Cain’s departure shapes the Republican race more clearly as a matchup between former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and surging rival Newt Gingrich.
Former Godfather’s Pizza chief executive Cain said in his home town of Atlanta that he was suspending his White House bid after a Friday night meeting with his wife, Gloria, who appeared at his side and smiled throughout.
Cain said a “cloud of doubt” had settled over his campaign. He insisted that accusations that he sexually harassed several women and had a 13-year affair with an Atlanta businesswoman were simply not true.
“I am suspending my campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt,” said the 65-year-old. He said he would endorse a Republican rival.
All evidence pointed to a campaign facing severe financial woes and credibility problems even if Cain had decided to stay in.
We’ll miss you, Herman. Keep on denyin’!