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Gloria Cain says the claims of sex harassment against her husband, Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, don’t ring true because he “totally respects women.”

“I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said,” Mrs. Cain told Fox News’ Great Van Susteren in an interview to be aired Monday during the show “On the Record.”

In excerpts released Sunday night, Mrs. Cain says she can’t believe the claims her husband harassed women when he led the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

“You hear the graphic allegations, and we know that would have been something that’s totally disrespectful of her as a woman,” she said. “And I know the type of person he is. He totally respects women.”

Four women have now accused Mr. Cain of sexually harassing them when he led the restaurant group. He has denied wrongdoing and has been trying to move forward in his presidential campaign.

SEC

Commission disciplines 8 concerning Madoff failure

The Securities and Exchange Commission says it has disciplined eight employees for failing to uncover Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme over a 16-year period. None of the employees was fired.

SEC spokesman John Nester says the discipline varied. Three employees had their pay reduced. Two received 30-day suspensions without pay, one of whom also received a pay cut. The others received shorter suspension or counseling memos. The actions were based on recommendations by a law firm hired by the agency.

Two years ago, the SEC inspector general questioned the conduct of 21 employees in a report on the Madoff affair. Ten of those employees have since left the agency.

The SEC has been criticized for failing to spot the Ponzi scheme. Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence for securities fraud.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Paul says he wasn’t trying to embarrass Perry

SPARTANBURG — Rep. Ron Paul said he didn’t mean to embarrass fellow Texas Republican Rick Perry when Mr. Perry forgot, during a debate, one of the three federal agencies he wants to abolish.

Mr. Paul held up five fingers as Mr. Perry groped for words, and the video has been viewed thousands of times online since Wednesday’s Republican debate.

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