By John Berman and Susan Archer:
Gloria Cain, the wife of GOP hopeful Herman Cain, has stayed out of the spotlight since her husband started running for the Republican nomination. But with the GOP frontrunner in the midst of sexual harassment allegations and Cain’s supporters wanting to meet their possible future first lady, Gloria Cain is finally breaking her silence.
In an interview with Greta Van Susteren set to air Monday night on Fox News, Gloria Cain speaks publicly for the first time. In the interview, which has already been taped, she reveals her thoughts on the sexual harassment allegations and the subsequent accusers who have come forward since the scandal broke two weeks ago.
Herman Cain has said that his wife is a very private person, and unlike other political wives would not be partaking in the rigors of the campaign trail. He has campaigned alone while Gloria has stayed at home. She also suffers from a serious heart condition and had a pace-maker implanted several years ago.
But Herman Cain maintains that his wife supports him 200 percent, even in light of sexual harassment allegations during his time as president of the National Restaurant Association. Cain says that his wife was already aware of the allegations made back in 1999.
Gloria Cain told Van Susteren that she can’t see her husband doing the things that have been described by some of his accusers.
“You hear the graphic allegations and we know that would have been something that’s totally disrespectful of her as a woman,” says Gloria Cain. “And I know the type of person he is. He totally respects women.”
Herman Cain met Gloria Etchison when he was a student at Morehouse College and she was a student at Morris Brown College. He writes about their 43 year marriage in his book ‘This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House’. In it he describes that when he decided to run for President, she was nervous about the increased scrutiny that comes with being a presidential candidate, and what it would mean for the family.
Herman Cain told ABC’s Jon Karl, “Being terrified came from the perception that you are constantly under the microscope.”
After listening to the barrage of accusations about her husband, Gloria Cain says, “I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said.”