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Mitt Romney

Romney Calls Sharon Bialek's Cain Charges 'Particularly Disturbing'

Mitt Romney hasn't had to do much more lately than to sit back and watch his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination deal with their own often self-inflicted damage.

But on Tuesday when given the chance during an ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos to offer an opinion on the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal, he did. He made his first public comments on the matter the day after a woman named Sharon Bialek publicly accused Cain of an aggressive, vulgar and unsought sexual come-on in 1997.

An excerpt from the ABC News website:

"These are serious allegations, George," said Romney in an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired on ABC News and Yahoo. "And they're going to have to be addressed seriously. I don't have any counsel for Herman Cain or for his campaign, they have to take their own counsel on this."

"Any time there is an accuser that comes forward with charges of this nature you recognize this is a very serious matter and it should be taken seriously," said Romney.

Four women have accused Cain of sexual harassment with Bialek of Chicago being the first one to appear before the public to make the charges. Cain has denied all charges of sexual harassment.

His changing stories, however, about his awareness of settlements that were made by the National Restaurant Association when he was its chairman as a result of the accusations have raised questions about his credibility in many minds.