Herman Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and Republican presidential candidate on Monday denied allegations that he carried on a 13-year affair with an Atlanta-based woman named Ginger White.
“It was pretty simple,” White says. “It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”
“Here we go again,” the candidate said was his reaction to the woman’s claims.
Cain made the denials during an interview on CNN in which he acknowledged that an Fox television station in Atlanta was making the woman’s story public.
Asked by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer if he had an extramarital affair with White, Cain said emphatically, “No, I did not.” He did acknowledge that he knew the woman, whom he called “an acquaintance that I thought was a friend.”
Cain insisted the allegations were the result of people not wanting him to be the Republican party’s nominee for president.
“Somebody’s awfully afraid” of his candidacy, Cain said.
Cain has denied prior allegations of groping a woman who made that allegation public, and he has denied sexually harassing two women who received settlements from the National Restaurant Association when he was the organization’s CEO.
The Republican candidate insists he will not drop out of the race, but said he’s “more worried that this is going to hurt my wife and my family” than his campaign. He says the campaign will address “all the allegations once we know what they are.”
WATCH MSNBC’S COVERAGE OF THE CAIN ALLEGATIONS HERE