Herman Cain Decides Campaign's Future

Herman Cain announced that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday. Host Scott Simon has the full story.

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And we're going to end with some breaking news today. Moments ago, Herman Cain announced that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Here is what Mr. Cain said moments ago; his wife, Gloria, standing behind him outside of his Georgia campaign headquarters.

HERMAN CAIN: Today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign.

(SOUNDBITE OF CROWD GROANING)

SIMON: Of course, Mr. Cain's decision comes after allegations this week that he had a 13-year extramarital affair. And this follows earlier allegations that he had sexually harassed several women during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association. Mr. Cain has denied those claims, and today, speaking just outside of his campaign headquarters, he asked his supporters - invited them to come to a new website and said that he will continue to speak out about national and foreign policy, but he is no longer running or president and has suspended his presidential campaign.

NPR News, of course, will continue to follow this story and stories from all around the world as they break in our daily programs today and our newscasts each and every hour. Thank you very much for joining us, and we have brought you the latest news from campaign headquarters. This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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