- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Atlanta businesswoman who has asserted she had a longstanding affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain stood by her story Wednesday despite his denials, saying she was not proud to admit it.

“Our relationship was on and off for the last 13, 14 years,” Ginger White said in a nationally broadcast interview. “This was not a consistent love affair that went on every day for the last 14 years, so he is correct when he made that statement.”

But Ms. White also said she was “disappointed” that Mr. Cain reportedly referred to her as a “troubled Atlanta businesswoman.”

“I’m not here to say anything negative about Mr. Cain,” she said. At the same time, Ms. White said that she had come on television “to state the truth” and that she wasn’t backing down.

She told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that her relationship with Mr. Cain was “a very casual affair. Am I proud to admit that? No, I am not.”

Mr. White also said she took several trips with Mr. Cain, including a flight to Las Vegas to see a Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield boxing match.

She also said that she had “consistently” received gifts and money from Mr. Cain over the past 2½ years but that it was “not sex for cash.”

During a conference call Tuesday with supporters, Mr. Cain once again denied the affair. “It was just a friendship relationship,” he said, according to the transcript. “That being said, obviously, this is a cause for reassessment.”

Ms. White told ABC she didn’t think Mr. Cain “would make a good president” but said that she did not come forward because of any political motives. Asked if she thought he should abandon his campaign, Ms. White said, “That’s something that he has to look himself into the mirror and ask himself.”

And she said she had regular communications with Mr. Cain “up until last week.”

“The truth of the matter is, when I entered into this inappropriate relationship with Mr. Cain, I was single,” she said. “I was not married. Mr. Cain has been married throughout this entire relationship.”

Asked about phone records showing frequent communication with Mr. Cain, including text messages, she replied, “You really don’t enter into that holding on to receipts, holding on to notes.”

“The funny thing about Herman Cain is that never in a million years did he probably think I would speak out on this,” Ms. White said. “I came out being very honest, and so far I have been absolutely humiliated, embarrassed.”

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