Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says he won’t run for the White House again.
“Probably because of my biological clock, I have ruled out running for president again, but I will stay involved because I’m more concerned about helping to keep the focus on solutions to problems. That’s the operative word,” Cain said today during an interview on Fox News.
The 66-year-old former Atlanta businessman said that he plans to work only another nine years and quipped: “I didn’t say 9-9-9. I said I’m going to work nine more years.”
Cain suspended his presidential campaign in December five days after an Atlanta-area woman claimed she and Cain had an affair for more than a decade. Her allegation followed claims of sexual harassment from several women in previous weeks.
During the Fox interview today, Cain declined to endorse any of his former rivals but said that he mostly likely will provide an “unconventional endorsement” in the future.
“My main mission is to help defeat Barack Obama, along with my supporters,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons that I’m choosing not to endorse right now. I will probably endorse later. But being the unconventional candidate that I am, it will be an unconventional endorsement at some point in the future.”
Asked to elaborate on his description of the endorsement as unconventional, Cain would say only that “what that means is it will be unconventional. It won’t be like what you expect.”
He said that he will support the eventual GOP presidential nominee and work to help the nominee win the election.
Appearing earlier on CBS, Cain repeated his previous interest in being secretary of Defense in a Republican administration, though he appeared to be angered by a question from CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell with respect to the number of people who serve in the armed forces.
"We have about 3 million people who serve in the armed services," Cain said. "Was that a 'gotcha' question, Norah?"
O’Donnell responded that 1.6 million people are on active duty and 2 million total, including reservists.
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