’12er on ABC’s late-night talk show b/cast early Tues.
Sex harassment aside, Georgian tells Kimmel he’s never tried pot, defends Block smoking campaign ad.
Georgian: “Well, we have a saying in my campaign: let Herman be Herman, let Mark be Mark, and let people be people.”
And: Claims wife is Dem. but “doesn’t mean that she votes Democrat.”
A transcription of much of the interview is below:
Kimmel: How was your day?
Cain: Well, all things considered, i’m still alive. It got off to somewhat of a rough start. We a little surprise (at what showed up) on TV.
Kimmel: Did you watch that?
Cain: We watched it because we didn’t even know that this whole thing about woman number 4 was going to even come out, so that was a surprise. At least it wasn’t one of the many that have the first name anonymous so now this one actually had a name and a face so we watched to see what it was and who it was and we are dealing with it and tomorrow we’re going to have a press conference. Oh, yeah, we are going to have a press conference. We’re taking this head on because —
Kimmel: Have you considered hiring Gloria Allred as your attorney?
Cain: You almost made me say something that my handlers says you should not say. Let me put it to you this way: I can’t think of anything that I would hire her to do, okay? I can’t think of a thing!
Kimmel: I was thinking about this stuff, I know obviously you can’t get into the specifics but i was just thinking about kind of the human factor and imagining you watching this and like just putting myself in that position and I was imagining your wife. Did you speak to her today? Was she watching it with you?
Cain: My wife is in Atlanta. We were in San Francisco because I had a speech at noon. This press conference came on at 10:30 and my wife did watch it and I called her immediately afterwards. As I was sitting there, I had a few of my staff members there with me, and I’m sitting here and they’re watching me and they could see the steam coming out of my ears. And the feelings that you have when you know that all of this is totally fabricated and you go from anger then you go — you get disgusted, you try to control yourself to make sure you watch this thing all the way through it.
I was listening very closely and then when it was all over with, I said, well I know what we got to do because there’s not an ounce of truth in all of these accusations and my team is putting this stuff together. that is why I’m willing to do a press conference tomorrow to set the record straight….
Kimmel: In a way, because people keep asking you about this, there’s no way to move forward from this. I mean, Tiger Woods tried not to talk about things, and that didn’t work out well for him.
Cain: Right, right. When I made the statement that I’m done talking about this, I was talking about the firestorm last week. I wasn’t talking about this new firestorm that we discovered today. But no, we are going to talk about this one and I am going to talk about it at the press conference.
Kimmel: If there are future fire storms, you will talk about them?
Cain: I will talk about any and all future firestorms because here’s one thing people know about Herman Cain: I’m in it to win it and I’m not going to be discouraged.