|Former GOP frontrunner and pizza magnate|
Herman Cain. Photo: Gage Skidmore
"As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching I am suspending my presidential campaign," Cain told crowd of supporters, gathered outside a building that was to have opened Saturday as Cain's national campaign headquarters.
“While I still strenuously deny every single allegation of misbehavior that have been made against me, I cannot deny that these accusations hurt my wife, hurt my family, hurts me personally because it is a reflection on my taste and I have to acknowledge the American people will never again vote for a rich man who banged, or might have banged excuse me, average to ugly bitches,” Cain said.
Cain apparently made the decision after a meeting last night with his wife Gloria. She joined her husband on the stage as Cain made his announcement, smiling and waving at supporters who chanted her name.
"I am at peace with my God. I am at peace with my wife and she is at peace with me," he said. “She is a beautiful woman and knows that if I had stepped outside our marital bed it would have to be for an even more extraordinary woman or a very accomplished ho”
Cain effectively puts a permanent stop to one of the most unusual campaigns of recent years in American politics. The excitement that Cain brought to white conservative elements of the Republican base was startling, but his natural charisma and a gift for comic timing, could not overcome the glare off of the white asses he supposedly slapped and pinched.
Whatever the veracity of the many allegations now flung at Cain, what is certainly true is that they have contributed to his current reputation as a playa and the conservative white power structure is far more comfortable with an acknowledged lout and adulterer in Newt Gingrich.