"Women for Cain" back embattled candidate

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Herman Cain's campaign is out with a new "Women for Cain" website described as "an online national fellowship of women dedicated to helping elect Herman Cain as the next president of the United States."

The site describes Cain, who has been accused of a 13-year extramarital affairas well as multiple instances of sexual harassment, as "a strong advocate for women throughout his lifetime."

Cain's wife Gloria is "National Chairperson" of the effort; the site calls her "the very special woman who Mr. Cain devoted his life to many years ago." The site, which notes that Herman and Gloria Cain have been married for 43 years, encourages women to send in videos and written testimonials of their positive impressions of the former Godfather's Pizza CEO. The site does not include an image of Gloria Cain or a personal appeal from her directly.

There are more than 30 written testimonials up on the site, including one from Mitzie Adams, who writes in part, "I worry that if the media succeeds in their 'assassination by innuendo' it could be the end of our Republic."

The site is topped by a banner ad showing a diverse group of four smiling women giving a thumbs up sign. (See above.) The image does not appear to be actual Cain supporters, however: An image search shows that it is a stock photo.  Among the keywords for the photo listed on the Shutterstock website are "cheerfulness," "fun," "teenager," "trust," "victory" and "winner."

Cain, who says he is "reassessing" his campaign in the wake of the affair allegations, emailed supporters today asking them to send in supportive emails and videos. "As I assess the future of my campaign, I need to gauge the support of the people of this great nation," he wrote.

Cain plans to meet with his wife in person for the first time since the affair charge surfaced to decide whether to press on with his campaign.

He told the New Hampshire Union Leader he would leave the race if she asked him to, but added, "She wouldn't ask me to get out." The Daily Beast ran an anonymously-sourced story Friday suggesting the Cains have a distant marriage and that Gloria Cain is "angry that her life has been turned upside down" by the allegations and wants her husband to leave the race. 

On Fox News Thursday night, Cain vowed to make a decision before Monday.

"The decision could be, we're going to continue with this campaign full speed ahead. The decision could be that were going to suspend the campaign. That's why I'm doing the re-assessment," he said.

Cain has slid in the polls in the wake of the sexual harassment and affair claims, which he strongly denies. A new poll from the Des Moines Register shows that his support has fallen to 8 percent in Iowa, down from 23 percent in late October. 

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