As the rest of the political world pondered the news of his alleged 13-year relationship with an now-unemployed businesswoman, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was defending himself at a D.C. fundraiser. From The Daily Caller:
Washington, D.C. attorney Mary Brett, who attended the event, [said] Cain swore to supporters that if he had a Bible, he’d put his hand on it and vow that the allegations are false.
“He said you’re probably going to hear — if you didn’t before you got here — another allegation about a 13-year affair and it’s absolutely not true,” Brett, who lives in Reston, recalled as she left the Hilton hotel where the event was held.
Late last night, Ginger White, the woman who said she had an off-and-on, consensual affair with Cain, told Channel 2 Action News that the candidate’s denial doesn’t surprise her.
“I can’t imagine him actually confirming. It’s the name of the game, I guess,” she said. See it here:
Don’t forget that Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will appear in a GOP public forum at noon in Gwinnett County today. The locale is the Gwinnett Place Marriott, and is organized by the 7th District Republican party. Newt Gingrich appeared at a similar forum earlier this month.
Gallup is out with a new poll still showing President Barack Obama’s approval rating stuck at a dangerous 43 percent. Perhaps more worrisome is this paragraph:
Obama’s approval rating has decreased among all six partisan/ideology groups Gallup tracks on a regular basis since January, but it has dropped the most — 10 percentage points, from 40% to 30% — among pure independents. These are the roughly 14% of national adults who neither identify with one of the two major parties nor indicate a leaning. Obama’s approval rating has declined by nearly as much — eight points — among moderate/liberal Republicans, from 29% to 21%.
For the second day in a row, the Democratic National Committee this morning has hit Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney with an Internet video – this one on a New Hampshire TV ad that the Romney campaign was forced to abort:
In South Carolina, Newt Gingrich waded again into the murky topic of illegal immigration on Monday. And the Augusta Chronicle has a poll that gives the former U.S. House speaker a leading 38 percent share of the Republican vote in that early state.
Whereupon the AJC’s Politifact Georgia has taken on this accusation from rival Michele Bachmann: “[Gingrich] has said that we should make the 11 million illegal workers that are in this country legal.”
Also in South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley repeated Monday that she was not behind a decision by a state board to issue a permit to allow the expansion of a Georgia port, and said she has received no political favors as a result of the permit. From The State newspaper:
“I know people like to think there’s something behind everything. But there’s nothing here,” Haley said during a press conference.
The South Carolina governor said her own state was partly to blame for the decision:
“What I meant is (South Carolina) just sat there. We didn’t do anything,” she said, describing the state’s minimal efforts to secure money for the dredging of Charleston’s port over the past several years.
A Georgia fundraiser, organized by Atlanta GOP heavyweight Eric Tanenblatt and held 13 days before that board authorized the Savannah dredging, brought $15,000 in contributions her re-election campaign. Haley said the fundraiser was planned weeks before the port decision.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider