Mon December 5, 2011
Report: Cain To Endorse Gingrich
Update at 12:35 p.m. ET. Not Today:
Newt Gingrich's campaign just told Reuters that there are no plans for former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain to endorse his fellow Georgian's quest for the Republican nomination today — which, of course, does not rule out it happening at another time.
Our original post and an earlier update:
His own campaign now scrubbed because of the toll from allegations about sexual harassment and an affair, businessman Herman Cain will today endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, sources tell Fox 5 News in Atlanta.
That's the same news outlet that last week broke the story that brought the Cain train to a halt — an Atlanta woman's claim that she had a 13-year-long affair with the one-time CEO of Godfather's Pizza. Cain has said he knows the woman, Ginger White, and helped her financially. But he says they did not have an affair. He has also said allegations from at least two women about alleged sexual harassment when he was head of the National Restaurant Association are also untrue.
Cain announced on Saturday that he was suspending his campaign — effectively ending his run. He cited the strain that the stories about his personal life were having on his family and the campaign's ability to raise money.
The Hill says that Gingrich would not comment Sunday evening when asked about the Fox 5 Atlanta report.
"A Gingrich aide refused to comment. A Cain aide described Gingrich and Cain as 'good friends,' dating back to Gingrich's days as speaker of the House and Cain's time at the helm of the National Restaurant Association. The aide said an 'endorsement announcement is coming soon.' but also declined to say who Cain ... might back."
Gingrich has risen to the top of several recent polls about the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Update at 12:15 p.m. ET. Nothing Today?
Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon tells Fox News that, "we'll keep you posted. Nothing to announce at this point."
Update at 10:10 a.m. ET: C-SPAN3 says it will broadcast and webcast a scheduled Gingrich news conference in New York City, starting at 1:45 p.m. ET.