BY VICTORIA CRAIG
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She’s remained out of the spotlight since her husband joined the fight for the GOP nomination. But Monday night-- she’s shattering her silence -- and her name is on everyone’s lips.
“For the very first time, Herman Cain’s wife is speaking out about the sexual harassment allegations against him.” (Fox News)
In an exclusive interview, Gloria Cain sits down with Fox News’ Gretta van Susteren to discuss the sexual allegations against her husband. ABC’s Good Morning America explains why this single interview has created a fire storm in the media.
“This is a big, big deal. Not only haven’t we heard from Gloria Cain during this swirl of sexual allegations, but, in fact, she really hasn’t been on the trail at all since Herman Cain announced. She’s making a high-impact debut swearing that Herman Cain respects women.”
Her husband denies the sexual allegations -- but Monday night will be the first time Gloria Cain will publicly back him up. NBC’s Today shows a clip from the interview.
Gloria: “To hear such graphic allegations...”
Accuser: “And he put his hand on my leg”
Gloria: “And know that that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman and I know that’s not the person he is. He totally respects women.”
But will Mrs. Cain’s appearance make a difference for the campaign? The Washington Post remains slightly skeptical. It reports Cain’s poll numbers among Republican women have fallen slightly.
“Which is where Gloria Cain potentially comes in, serving as a kind of character witness for husband and validator for their marriage. But the ritual of “standing by her man” is by now a cliche, and likely not as effective as it once was.”
A reporter for Arizona’s KSAZ disagrees-- comparing Gloria Cain to a former president’s wife, and Herman Cain’s allegations to another scandal that attracted some serious media attention.
“And you guys maybe this will work. Maybe this will completely turn everything around. Remember Bill Clinton when he ran for office and there were the sexual harassment claims against him? And it wasn’t until that highly publicized interview that Hillary Clinton did with her husband right there by her side where she really defended him. It kind of turned the momentum around a little bit.”
According to the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, Herman Cain sits in second place --13 points behind front runner Mitt Romney.