Herman Cain placed calls and text messages to Ginger White’s cell phone up until the middle of this month, ABC News’ Good Morning America reported on Wednesday.
The calls to White, who says she had an on-again, off-again extramarital affair with the Republican presidential candidate for more than a decade, were placed after news broke that Cain had faced sexual-harassment allegations during his tenure as chair of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999.
ABC News’ George Stephanopolous said that, according to White’s phone records, Cain contacted her in late October and throughout the first two weeks of November.
White confirmed details of the affair, saying that she “received gifts and money” from Cain for the past two and a half years. They also went on trips together, including attending to the 1997 boxing match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas, she said.
“This was not sex for cash.... It was a very casual affair, ” White said. “Am I proud to admit to that? No, I’m not.”
Cain has denied the long affair, which White said was technically correct. “This is not a consistent love affair that went on every day for the last 14 years. So, he is correct when he made that statement. And as far as I can tell, or what I’m hearing, that is the only thing he has been correct in saying,” White said.
White also said that she doesn’t believe Cain would make a good president.
“I honestly do not think that he, in my opinion, would make a good president,” she said haltingly. “Our — my views are different than his. But at the end of the day, this is not political. This is absolutely not political.”
White said that coming forward with her story has been very painful, but that she “slept very well” last night, knowing that she had told the truth. “I’m not sure what’s going on in his head right now,” she said.
While Cain was contacting White in the past few weeks, other women were coming forward with tales of inappropriate sexual advances.
"The funny thing about Herman Cain is, never in a million years did he probably think that I would speak out on this," White said. "And honestly speaking, I never wanted to."
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