Rick Perry: Herman Cain needs to address allegations

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a campaign town hall in Derry, N.H., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Rick Perry
AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Hermain Cain "needs to address these allegations," Texas Governor Rick Perry said of the latest reports that his fellow GOP presidential contender had a 13-year extramarital affair and was "reassessing" his campaign.

"That's the bottom line," Perry said in an appearance on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" on Wednesday morning. "He needs to address the allegations and if they're true he has to address that with the people of this country."

It was the first time Perry addressed the most recent accusations against Cain. When the Atlanta businessman faced charges of sexual harassment last month, Perry said he preferred to leave the issue alone until something was proven.

The hosts also pressed Perry on what he would do with illegal immigrants living in the U.S., a topic he has refused to discuss until the border was secure. He continued to dodge, saying that he wanted to "listen to the American people" on the issue and have a discussion with Congress.

Perry also avoided commenting on fellow candidate Newt Gingrich's plan to create a "red card" system to legalize people in the country without papers while denying them a chance at citizenship. The Texas governor only had this to offer: "I'm not for amnesty in any form or fashion."

Addressing a gaffe he made during a town hall in New Hampshire on Tuesday -- during which he incorrectly said the voting age was 21 and the date of the election Nov. 12 -- Perry made light of the mistake. "From time to time we all will get something wrong, the president of the United States said there was 57 states one day."

But not even this interview was gaffe-free; Perry accidentally referred to the "New Hampshire caucuses" when New Hampshire has a primary system. Oops.

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