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Herman Cain says controversy reports took a toll on wife, story is now over

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Cain speaks with Fox (Screenshot: Geraldo At Large)

Herman Cain this weekend sought to end discussion about past allegations of sexual harassment, adding that the media frenzy surrounding the charges has taken a toll on his wife.

"My wife, obviously like most spouses, actually took it harder than I did," Cain said on Fox's "Geraldo At Large." Cain explained that his wife, Gloria, like many spouses of public figures, tends to "emotionally take it harder" than the target of the allegations.

"I'm in a boxing match every day . . . when you've got to turn on the TV and watch all of the exaggerations and innuendos about your husband that you know hasn't done anything wrong, it can have an emotional toll," Cain said. "But she's doing fine."

Gloria Cain had been set to make her debut campaign-related media appearance last week, but canceled that Fox News interview with Greta van Sustern amid reports of the scandal.

The presidential candidate this weekend conceded that his initial handling of the scandal "got off to a little bit of a bumpy start" last week, but said he wouldn't change anything.

"Even though I may not have responded on Monday morning as crisply and precise as I did later in the day, I'd do it all over again if I had to."

Cain said during his Fox interview that the story is now over. He made the same point, quite sharply, to a crowd of reporters gathered Saturday for his Lincoln-Douglas-style debate with Newt Gingrich.

"Don't even go there," Cain told one reporter gathered for a press availability, cutting off a question about one accuser who came forward Friday via her attorney. Cain then turned to his chief of staff and asked to have the Journalist Code of Ethics sent to the reporter.

"We are getting back on message, end of story! Back on message! Read all of the other accounts. Read all of the other accounts where everything has been answered--end of story. We're getting back on message."

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