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Herman Cain: Republican presidential nomination


Diane Vankevich

Staff writer

 Herman Cain is one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Cain graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 and went on to receive his master’s degree from Purdue University. After completing school, Cain began his career by joining Pillsbury as a business executive. Later, Cain moved on to oversee 400 Burger Kings. Eventually his success allowed him to move on to become the president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. Starting in 1992, Cain was the Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Last month, Cain won straw polls in Illinois and Florida.

Recently, Cain has faced allegations of sexual misconduct. At this point, four women have claimed that Cain had sexually harassed them during the late 1990’s. Cain denies all allegations.

“He totally respects women.” She does not believe that Cain has performed any sexual form of misconduct and said that, “he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said,” Gloria Cain was quoted on USA Today.

Cain has been trying to move forward in his campaign. A NYT-CBS News poll reveals that 61 percent of those who responded said the allegations “won’t make any difference in their vote;” 30 percent say the accusations make them “less likely to back him;” and among women, support of Cain has dropped 13 percent.

The allegations that have arisen are difficult for Cain to recover from. Nonetheless, Cain is not the first presidential candidate to face opposition because of sex scandals. In the elections of 1824 and 1828, Andrew Jackson was accused of adultery. In addition, Grover Cleveland was criticized for his illegitimate child in the 1884 elections. Like candidates before him, Herman Cain’s political campaign very well might recover from the sexual harassment charges.