Herman Cain repeated in a press conference this afternoon in Arizona that he had not sexually harassed any woman.
“With respect to the most recent accusation, I have never acted inappropriately with anyone. Period,” he said. “I saw Ms. Allred and her client yesterday in that news conference for the very first time.” Cain added that he had no recollection of Sharon Bialek’s name, either.
He did not directly address Bialek’s claim that she had spoken to him at the TeaCon 2011 in Chicago a few weeks ago. Today WIND radio host Amy Jacobson told media outlets she had seen Bialek hug and speak to Cain at the conference.
“The fact is these anonymous allegations are false,” Cain said, “and now the Democrat machine in America has brought forth a troubled woman to make false accusations, statements, many of which exceed common sense. And they certainly exceed the standards of decency in America.”
Cain previously blamed the Perry campaign for the leak of the information. He has not formally retracted those charges.
Asked if he would be willing to take a lie detector test, Cain said, “Yes, I absolutely would. But I’m not going to do that unless I have a good reason to do that. … of course, I would be willing to do a lie detector’s test.”
Asked about Karen Kaushaar, Cain reiterated that her allegations had been found “baseless” and said the only incident he remembered with her that had been that he had compared her height to his wife’s height, an incident he had mentioned in previous interviews.
In response to a question about Bialek’s financial difficulties over the years, Cain said, “She claims that her past financial situation, the number of civil lawsuits she’s been involved in, she claims that it does not play a role in her coming forward. I can’t respond any further than that. That’s her claim, but from a common sense standpoint, one would have to ask if in fact that might not have been a motivation for her being subjected to this.”