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My name is -- on -- would.
And I'm one of the lawyers for Herman -- And -- -- in Georgia for a little over 34 years.
And I've had the opportunity in my price of -- To represent female victims of sexual harassment.
Serious legitimate claims of sexual harassment.
We're not settled.
For nuisance value.
I've also had the opportunity in my.
Law practice to represented victims.
-- sexual assault.
When they -- kind have come to -- law office.
I did not take them out.
And paraded them in front of the cameras.
And a national press conference.
And then arranged for them to go on a campaign.
With the media studios.
After another after another.
They resolved there.
Claims and a court of -- I've also had.
To represent a number of innocent victims.
Accused by the media.
Have serious crimes false accusations.
Where -- lose and individuals found themselves.
On trial in the court of public opinion.
On trial the court of public opinion where there are no rules.
The rules are made up by the media.
There -- no procedures designed to -- -- the integrity of the process.
To ensure that a fair -- And they just the result is -- -- Herman -- Finds himself over the course of the last.
Now own trial.
In the court of public opinion.
First bat anonymous.
And now yesterday.
-- -- -- Who chose to come forward.
For whatever reason.
After fourteen years.
When recollections of faded.
Witnesses cannot be located.
-- for the first time.
For the first time in fourteen years.
To tell her.
To a third person.
For the first time.
And now Herman Cain in the court of public opinion has to respond.
Not to admissible evidence.
He asked to respond to hearsay.
-- to respond to rumors and speculation.
He's not afforded the opportunity for me to.
He's not afforded the safe gourds.
-- -- off our system of justice.
Where he comes before you today.
To defend his reputation.
-- reputation that he has spilled over forty years of being a good and decent man.
And a successful business person.
I ask that you at least afford him.
And that you.
-- -- -- Efforts to defend his reputation and his good name.
-- maintaining your common sense.
-- remembering your own life's experience to decide whether or not a story that is so inherently.
Improbable -- stakes.
Should be utilized.
About others with their own agendas.
To attack this man's reputation.
It's my privilege to represent him.
-- my privilege to step aside from this podium and let you hear from him Herman Cain.
I am Herman Cain and -- running for president of the United States of America.
But normally don't have notes.
But in this case I wanted to make issue -- that I didn't miss any points.
That I needed to cover today.
To address these accusations directly.
Rather than try to do it through a -- -- continuous statements.
We -- -- the person Herman Cain is.
Is to take my message.
The -- to the people.
-- the respect to the most recent accusation.
I have never.
We'll -- want.
I saw -- is all written.
All grid and her -- it.
Yesterday in that news conference -- -- the -- -- first time.
Have I set my hotel room -- -- -- my staff members.
Got to to microphone.
My first response in my mind and reaction was I don't even know who this -- many years.
I didn't recognize the name at all.
The time that she referenced was.
During the time that I was the CEO and president of the National Restaurant Association.
-- is headquartered in -- NBC where about a 150 workers work and we have about a 150 people in Chicago.
What she -- -- she worked for our educational foundation.
I tried to remember.
-- reckon sir and I didn't.
I've tried to remember if I remember that name and I didn't.
And the accusations.
Didn't happen and they simply.
Did not happen.
You know for decades.
The American people have.
Wanted to businessmen in the White House.
And not just another politician.
Because of the decades all the politicians have been doing is just kicking the can down the road.
Trim a little bit here trim a little bit -- When America's biggest problem simply got worse.
-- a business man by the name of Herman -- step forward.
Here I am.
But I know from the American people that I have talked with and I have spoken we have over the past several months.
We are not going to allow -- and the law politics.
To deny -- mean the opportunity to represented this great nation.
Tennis -- as these accusations.
Calls it -- to back golf.
-- -- from this presidential primary race.
Ain't gonna happen.
Because I'm doing this and for the American people.
Have put -- children and -- grandchildren.
And I will not be deterred.
America believes that Washington is broken.
America believe that our system of getting elected is broken.
In part it is.
But in another part is not.
As long as we have the decency and honesty.
-- in the electoral process.
-- it will work.
Probably allow deceit.
And false accusations.
And to rule the day and distract us.
That part is broken.
Nine days ago the media.
Started that it beat me up covering anonymous accuses.
And then yesterday another -- came force came forth -- -- -- out of self.
Went on TV and -- some other allegations.
Was it tough last week yes.
Visit has it been tough the last couple of days yes.
-- see that's one thing about Herman -- that I think a lot of the American people know and that is just because it's tough.
There's no reason for me not to do what I feel like I have to do.
And because what the American people and -- said to me during these turbulent times.
We will get through this.
We will get through this the fact is.
These anonymous allegations of false and now the Democrat machine in America.
Has brought forth they trouble moment to make false accusations.
Many of which exceed common sense.
And they certainly exceed.
The standards of decency in America.
I have been married four.
-- three years.
To my wife Gloria.
-- -- three of the -- married to my wife.
After watching that press conference yesterday.
Talk called her and I said.
Sweetheart did you see if she's -- yes.
How so what did you think.
And my -- -- -- -- this is a direct quote I have known you.
Twelve point 86 years because we were engaged for two years.
That doesn't even sound like in -- thing that you would ever do to anyone.
Sexual harassment accusations of serious.
And respect for women and all people that I have -- will help people -- -- work for me over the years.
Has been a top priority -- respected me.
Now my family -- is fully supports.
And they know demand that I am.
So they've been with me all of bell labs my kids they know who I -- they know demand that I am.
-- -- I ask that the media and not drag my family into this.
They're not running for president.
Some members of your profession have even stopped my family members.
Members of my family and extended family members and I ask you -- professionals.
To direct your questions.
Toward me not my family.
My reputation is something that -- -- the -- forty years.
To build up.
I've managed many entities many companies.
I've managed organizations with thousands and thousands and thousands of employees.
And now that I'm run and for the highest office in the land.
-- the accusation.
Some anonymous some not so anonymous.
Coming to life.
This is not the surprise.
It was expected.
But I will vigorously did -- in my reputation.
Because I will not.
Allow false accusations.
Thaw in either way she did badly on my character.
And my integrity.
And this is why I've decided to address these issues directly.
-- -- -- I have never acted inappropriately.
Within a month period.
And these accusations that were revealed yesterday.
Plus it's simply did not.
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