Herman Cain and the Other Woman

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Nov. 28 2011 5:22 PM

Herman Cain and the Other Woman

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US businessman Herman Cain (R) listen as former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (L) makes a point during the Republican presidential debate on national security November 22, 2011 at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. The debate is hosted by CNN in partnership with the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Right in the nick of time, Herman Cain has figured out how to handle a sex scandal. His campaign was alerted to a story Atlanta's Fox 5 would run today, an interview with a woman who claimed to have conducted an affair with the married candidate for more than a decade. Cain went on CNN at 4 to attack the story. Sort of. He denied an affair, but didn't deny knowing the woman. And then his attorney sent a letter to the station which you can read at Fox 5 -- I'm just focused on this piece.

No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public's right to know and the media's right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one's bedroom door.
Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.
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This letter went up after Cain discussed the story. On CNN. Remind me again why the inclusion of Buddy Roemer or Gary Johnson would bring down the debates, denying time to more, eh, electable candidates like Cain.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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