His fellow Republican presidential candidates were reluctant to comment on accusations that Herman Cain sexually harassed several women in the 1990s, but now that a woman is claiming they had a long-term consensual affair, they're ready to speak out.
Jon Huntsman told the Boston Globe's Michael Levenson that Cain should think about dropping out -- which Cain may or may not have done today. "Given the bandwidth that has been taken out of the discussion of any other issues pertinent to this campaign, a reconsideration might be in order ... You’ve got to be reconsidering just based on how we have lost focus on the issues that really do matter."
The Des Moines Register's Jason Noble notes Michele Bachmann told Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson Tuesday morning that Cain said he will "reassess" his campaign because that's "code language for the fact that they’re looking at the viability of their effort moving forward ... I think that they recognize that the support has really dropped out of their campaign because of those questions." She went further on the Scott Hennen radio show, CBS News reports, saying, "Everyone has said to me yesterday - when it came out yesterday, everyone said this is it, he's done ... People just don't see that there is an ability for him to be able to come back after that."
Newt Gingrich, who's less desperate for better poll numbers than Huntsman or Bachmann, wasn't willing to call Cain's campaign dead yet. "Remember I was supposed to be dead in June and July. I am not going to go around declaring anybody else dead," he told CBS News. "I think any candidate has the right to try to recover. They have the right to to try to get back in the game."
Mitt Romney and Rick Perry haven't talked about Ginger White's accusations yet. But there's no way their comments will be as good as those of Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein, who said Cain never hit on her even though she's hot. Salon's Alex Pareene notes Klein told CBS that Klein has known Cain for more than a decade, and he's "never been anything but a gentlemen -- and I am not an unattractive woman."
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