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-- -- Fox News alert after climbing to the top of the GOP presidential preference polls businessman Herman Cain is fighting to save his candidacy tonight.
He is admittedly denying adamantly I should say denying sexual harassment claims.
That was settled out of court years ago this morning -- said he was aware of only one complaint and unaware of a financial settlement by his employer.
But he later told Fox's Greta Van Susteren that he was aware of that settlement he also said the only thing he can -- call from one complaint.
Is remark he made to a coworker comparing her height to that of his wife.
The candidate known for being a straight shooter on the campaign trail is firing back tonight and trying to answer all of the questions.
Chief political correspondent Carl Cameron begins our coverage.
Leading national Republican polls Georgia businessman Herman Cain.
Forcefully denied allegations that he sexually harassed two female subordinates.
When he was the chairman of the board of the National Restaurant Association in the ninety's I've never sexually harassed and -- And yes I was falsely accused.
While I was at the National Restaurant Association and I say falsely.
Because it turned out after the investigation to be based -- kaine warned aids in advance that false allegations of sexual harassment might surface against him.
The political web page reported Sunday that -- was accused by two women of using inappropriate and suggestive language.
They were reportedly given cash settlements fifteen years ago to leave their jobs and keep quiet.
A fairly common border resolution to such complaints that often make no determination of wrong doing on either side.
McCain insists he only knew of one complaint and knew nothing about any cash settlement if the restaurant -- station did a settlement.
I am not -- I wasn't even aware of it and I hope it wasn't for much.
Because nothing happened what put in a separate interview with Greta Van Susteren -- specifically -- -- the money she.
And her -- you were demanding.
A huge financial settlement -- life.
I don't remember the number thousands or hundreds of thousands but I don't remember a number but then -- hit the good news is.
Because that was no basis so this.
We he ended up settling.
For what would've been a termination settlement quite frankly.
Can that -- about maybe.
Three months salary or something like that.
More than once today came tried to preemptively shoot down any additional rumors that may yet surface absolutely not if more allegations come I'll -- you.
People will simply make them up as a successful black conservative businessman and minister and Tea Party outsider leading national GOP presidential polls.
-- has become a target.
He told -- National Press Club he does not know who's behind this attack.
I told you this bulls down my back has gotten bigger.
I have no idea.
We have no idea the -- us.
Of this which which is really what have you asked by Greta Van Susteren -- said he could recall only one incident from the complaint which he described in innocuous terms.
She was an office one day.
And I made a gesture.
Saying well now spending close to her and I made a gesture.
You have the same how does and how it is my wife and brought my hand didn't touch it.
Up to much in this is -- same -- as my wife because my wife come looked much in my wife of what three years.
And that was put in there as something that made her uncomfortable that's part of the sexual harassment charge.
At the National Press Club today mr.
-- tried to reassure supporters saying quote.
Herman is going to stay -- he did acknowledge that some people are likely be turned off by this quote cloud but he -- others won't be.
And he kept a very full schedule of media interviews.
While there still are some unanswered questions it's very clear -- is gonna continue to fight back hard the Karl quickly is there are.
Are they talking about the possible political impact here yet.
The campaign well it certainly the campaign is worried about it they recognize that this is gonna potentially turn some folks off -- himself said that.
Though the question really is whether he can get out on the campaign trail and move back to his 999 plan and the issues that really -- -- into the top of the polls in the first place.
His rivals will likely remain utterly silent on this going with the longs outstanding political adage that -- that's the leader opponent along when they're in trouble Carl.
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