Cain to be center of attention in tonight's debate
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — As eight Republican Presidential candidates prepare for tonight's debate in Michigan - one is under fire and could be the center of attention tonight.
Herman Cain has publicly denied sexually harassment claims from at least four women - one of whom has gone on camera, and now it looks like a second accuser may be going public, too.
With the pressure on, Cain is fighting back, saying there's no way he's going to let these false allegations, as he calls them, derail his campaign.
Herman Cain says he's moving forward, flatly denying claims from Sharon Bialek and at least three other women who say he groped or otherwise harassed them. "They simply didn't happen. They simply did not happen," said Presidential Candidate Herman Cain (R).
It's likely to come up at tonight's debate. "It will definitely be more than five minutes of airtime in the debate and everybody's gonna have to deal with it at that moment," said Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele
Including Rick Perry, who Cain says leaked the old allegations. "This woman's charges are particularly disturbing and they're serious," said Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney (R).
"He certainly deserves people giving him the benefit of the doubt," said Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich (R).
Now one of the women who got a five-figure settlement after filing a complaint with the National Restaurant Association where Cain worked... Also wants to go public -- jointly, with all Cain's accusers: "So much is out there, she feels she has to get facts out there to justify her position," said Joel Bennett, Karen Kraushaar's Attorney.
A Reuters-Ipsos poll after Bialek's on-camera accusations shows 40% of Republicans view Cain less favorably. "I think it's pretty safe to say there's just no way he's going to win the Republican nomination," said Charlie Cook of "The Cook Political Report."