Herman Cain has announced that he has "suspended" his campaign to run for the Republican presidential nomination.
According to an account in The New York Times, "In suspending his candidacy, as opposed to saying that he was quitting the race or ending his bid, Mr. Cain maintained his ability to accept money to pay for his campaign so far and to finance the new venture that he called his Plan B: to travel the country promoting his tax and foreign policy plans. If Mr. Cain had decided to formally close his campaign organization, he would not be able to use donations that may come in."
According to the article, Cain said at a rally in Atlanta, " ‘As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign. Because of the continued distractions, the continued hurt caused on me and my family, not because we are not fighters. Not because I’m not a fighter.’ ”
The Times adds, "Mr. Cain said he would issue an endorsement soon, without indicating whom he would back. [W]ith his wife, Gloria, at his side at the Atlanta rally, [Cain] said the accusations of sexual harassment and of a 13-year affair were untrue. ‘I’m at peace with my God,’ he said. ‘I’m at peace with my wife, and she is at peace with me.’ "
The story continues, saying that Cain "went out much the way he came in. The circuslike atmosphere — complete with numerous delays, barbecue, a blues band and supporters in colonial-era dress — was in keeping with the campaign’s irreverence and disarray since its inception."