Herman Cain: Me Withdraw? 'Ain't Gonna Happen'

He forcefully rejects all the sex-harassment accusations
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2011 4:42 PM CST
Herman Cain: Me Withdraw? 'Ain't Gonna Happen'
In this file photo taken Oct. 31, Herman Cain answers questions at the National Press Club in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

No surprises and no mea culpas: Herman Cain doubled down on his denials of the sexual harassment allegations against him at a press conference today and said those calling for him to withdraw from the race better think again, reports the AP. "Ain't gonna happen," said Cain. "We are not going to allow Washington or politics to deny me the opportunity to represent this great nation."

  • Accusations: “The charges and the accusations, I absolutely reject. They simply didn’t happen. They simply did not happen.”

  • Sharon Bialek: He reiterated that he didn't recognize his accuser at her press conference yesterday and said he had no recollection of meeting her.
  • More to come? “There will probably be others," said Cain, according to Politico. "Not because I am aware of any, but because the machine to keep a businessman out of the White House is going to be relentless. If they continue to come, I will continue to respond.”
  • Lie detector? In response to the first question, he said he would "absolutely" be willing to take a lie detector test to prove his innocence, notes CBS. "But I'm not going to do that unless I have a good reason to do that."
(More Herman Cain 2012 stories.)

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