Gingrich camp: No Cain endorsement on Monday

WASHINGTON Mon Dec 5, 2011 4:57pm EST

1 of 2. Herman Cain (L) and Newt Gingrich share a laugh during the CNN GOP National Security debate in Washington, November 22, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former pizza magnate Herman Cain will not endorse former rival Newt Gingrich for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, contrary to a media report, a spokesman for Gingrich's campaign said.

Cain dropped out of the race on Saturday after accusations of sexual misconduct overwhelmed his bid to become the Republicans' choice to oppose Democratic President Barack Obama's re-election bid.

His departure shaped the Republican race more clearly into a matchup between Gingrich and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and spurred speculation as to whom the former Republican front-runner would support.

Cain said on Saturday he would endorse one of the contenders for the nomination. The Fox television station in Atlanta that first reported allegations that Cain had had an extramarital affair said he was preparing to endorse Gingrich on Monday.

Cain has denied the affair.

Gingrich seemed the most logical choice for a Cain endorsement because his campaign has appealed to the same conservative wing of the Republican party targeted by Cain, who had positioned himself as an anti-Washington tax reformer.

R.C. Hammond, a spokesman for Gingrich, said there were no plans for Cain to endorse the former Speaker of the House of Representatives on Monday, despite media reports over the weekend.

"Like Mark Block, I am not expecting any endorsements today," Hammond said. Block, Cain's campaign chief, has said he does not expect Cain to endorse any of his former rivals soon.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Paul Simao)

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Comments (14)
thedog wrote:
what a train wreck – lead by morons, heading to nowhere

Dec 05, 2011 12:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GwenEams wrote:
Do you think that an endorsement from an alleged adulterer and sexual harasser, from the most unprepared candidate in the vast field of unprepared GOP candidates would help Newt? Would it hurt him? Newt is a poor excuse for a politician, much less a presidential candidate. The GOP, if they are seriously supporting Newt, have some sort of dementia. Have they forgotten about the divisiveness that Newt brought into politics in this country? The House ethics sanctions? The government shutdown he caused because he was hurt that the president snubbed him? Then there is the repugnant personal behavior. Let Newt talk long enough and he inserts his foot into his mouth. Newt is an albatross around the GOP’s neck, and the lack of or presence of Cain’s endorsement makes no real difference to what is an easy choice with regard to Newt’s nomination.

Dec 05, 2011 12:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
Being endorsed by Herman Cain is like being endorsed by Anthony Weiner. Not exactly good company to keep. Then again, we are talking about Newt Gingrich. Guy looks like he keeps a secret apartment in Bangkok. Icky.

Dec 05, 2011 1:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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