Ginger White Apologizes To Herman Cain's Wife

By: CBS
By: CBS
Ginger White, the woman alleging she had a 13-year sexual affair with Herman Cain, apologized Thursday to Cain

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Ginger White, the woman alleging she had a 13-year sexual affair with Herman Cain, apologized Thursday to Cain's wife and their children for her actions, which could end up putting the nail in the coffin on the Republican businessman's bid for the White House.

"I am not a cold-hearted person. I am a mother of two kids. And of course my heart bleeds for this woman because I am a woman and being in a situation like this can not be fun," White said on MSNBC.

"And I am deeply, deeply sorry if I have caused any hurt to her and to his kids, to his family. That was not my intention. I never wanted to hurt anyone and I'm deeply sorry. I am very sorry," she told host Lawrence O'Donnell.

The candidate is set to meet late Friday with Gloria Cain for the first time since White's allegations became public to decide whether to press on with his campaign.

Asked by the New Hampshire Union Leader if he would drop out of the race if Gloria asked him to, he immediately said he would.

"Yes. But my wife wouldn't ask me to get out. She wouldn't ask me to get out. I would make a decision based upon how all of this stuff is affecting her. Because I will put her first. But she is not the type to say: you ought to get out," Cain said.

Cain's standing in public opinion polls was falling after revelations that he been accused of sexual harassment and engaging in inappropriate behavior with several women.

But the revelation Monday that Ginger White claimed to have had a long-standing affair with Cain changed the minds of many Cain backers who had been on the fence, including two New Hampshire state lawmakers who were backing Cain and jumped ship to support former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Just eight percent of likely Republican voters at the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses support Cain, according to a poll released Friday by the Des Moines Register. That is about a third of the 23 percent support Cain had just over a month ago.

Cain said he would "reassess" his candidacy as his campaign donations plummet. The former Godfather's Pizza chief executive did not cancel a campaign stop in Rock Hill, S.C., Friday that is scheduled to take place before his meeting with his wife in their Atlanta home. He did cancel a planned Friday night appearance at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

White said the affair was purely sexual and not about love and neither ever said "I love you" to the other.

"It wasn't a love affair. It was a sexual affair, as hard as that is for me to say and as hard as it is for people to hear it. You know, it pretty much is what it is. And that's what it was," she told MSNBC.

Cain and White have both said he gave her money to help her pay her bills as she struggled financially. Cain says their relationship was merely a "friendship."

Earlier in the week, in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopolous, White said "this was not sex for money."


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    The question is why is it that Cain is now so concerned about his wife’s feeling? Why discuss with her whether to stay in or get out of the presidential race? She is probably thinking - ARE YOU SERIOUS? - Why did he not ask his wife if it was okay to have a sexual relationship with Ginger White and to pay her expenses….just asking.
  • by Paul Location: Colorado on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    Dear Ginger White, I hope the internal revenue service is watching your spending habits for years!
  • by mark on Dec 3, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    wow!when you have an affair off and on for over thirteen years. I think its fair to assume that you have some kind of connection, a friendship of sorts. so tell me, why would a friend rat someone out to the press about such a thing in this mans critical time if not for personal gain. I dont condone marital affairs, but shame on you mrs white for your confession now when youve had thirteen years prior to come clean.
  • by woman Location: California on Dec 3, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    Ginger White says she is just a mother with two kids. What are their ages? Are they younger than 13? Who is the father? And where was he when Cain was sleeping with his woman, or was he telling her to get his money? Was she sleeping with Cain when he went through cancer treatment? Why would he hock with just plain Jane with two kids that's not his? or are they?
  • by Barbara Location: Florida on Dec 3, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    I WONDER JUST HOW MUCH SHE WAS PAID, AND BY WHOM. SHE'S JUST LIKE ANITA HILL...
  • by Laurie Pruser-Stockman Location: Texas on Dec 3, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    Apology NOT accepted. You're a greedy tramp. IF you really did have an affair with him. . YOU'RE A TRAMP! And if you didn't. .you're worse. Your apology is no better than your allegations. . you're a worthless human being and the court records prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt. You're a LIAR and the court records prove that too!
  • by William Location: Raleigh NC on Dec 3, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    Ginger White did this for her 15 minutes of fame. It may not even be true about the sexual relationship. She did her damage. When a person starts doing well people just cannot stand it si they do all they can to bring hem down. She has been struggling fincially. Someone may have have paid her to do this. It happens all the time. Paid all her bills and offered her a book deal or something. She has her reasons for doing this! She is a worthless person and she may think she made a smart move. I am sure she was convinced by someone that now has gone away and she is left with nothing. And now no one will have anything to do with her at all now. She has show her true colors. She is a fool!
  • by Katherine Location: KCMO on Dec 3, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    They BOTH were wrong, and I wish his wife/family well. However, Ginger White didn't like being dumped by him and this was her way of paying him back. You played the hurt/innocent role well (facial expression.) Sad, you signed up for that fall sistah!. I hope the brothers are paying attention as you are a "Lethal Weapon". We ALL have problems, you chose to take care of yours without regard for others...sad,sad!
  • by coffee on Dec 3, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    I totally agree with you He is the one who should be apologizing, the married man harassing women and in extra-marital 13 year-long relationships. Ms. White should have not addressed the public to show any regrets given the fact that Mr. Cain did not offer any sort of public apology either.
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      by Laurie Pruser-Stockman on Dec 3, 2011 at 01:20 PM in reply to coffee
      You'd take the word of a LIAR. . . PROVEN SLANDERING LIAR over Mr. Cain? Tells me a lot about you!
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      by Anti-Obama Voter on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:59 AM in reply to coffee
      He should not have to apologize, because he is not guilty! You sound just like the racist left wing nut job, that you are! The lady is a liar, and is part of the racist left, that can not stand a black man who is capable of thinking for himself, and not being dependent on the Democrat run "keep the minority in poverty" policies! You should be ashamed of yourself, and your political leaders!
  • by angie on Dec 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    i hope this nasty woman gets death threats. She is a souless human being.
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