MSNBC is reporting Herman Cain is set to make a major campaign announcement in Georgia on Saturday. The outlet says Cain's press secretary told NBC of the development. It's news Cain himself has confirmed, despite conflicting reports from his campaign.
Alfredo Ortiz, a Georgia-based press secretary with the Herman Cain campaign tells NBC News that Herman Cain will make a "major announcement" tomorrow in Atlanta at his new campaign office in DeKalb County.
Ortiz would not allude to the nature of the announcement other than to say it is a "major announcement."
It's unclear what the announcement will be, but there has been speculation that Cain could drop out of the GOP presidential race after yet another accusation of impropriety with a woman surfaced this week.
Cain has previously said he will be meeting with his wife to discuss the future of the campaign tonight. It's possible today's news could be a teaser for an announcement on his campaign's future and that the announcement could go either way at this point, depending on how the meeting with his wife goes.
But according to Washington Post sources, the campaign could be over:
Embattled presidential candidate Herman Cain is inviting his top supporters and donors to Atlanta on Saturday for a meeting in which he will give them advance word of whether he intends to continue his campaign, sources close to the campaign said Friday.
One supporter who has been summoned to the private session said he believes that Cain is likely to announce he is ending his candidacy.
Another who has been invited to the morning meeting says attendees have been told he has made no decision, but wanted to meet with some of the supporters to express his gratitude.
Several sources indicated that Cain is likely to announce his plans publicly at a news conference after the meeting.
Still, there are reports that the announcement could simply be to note the opening of a new campaign office in his home state. In fact, Cain spokesman JD Gordon told ABC News the campaign has no plans to make the announcement tomorrow. "Instead, Gordon says," according to ABC, "Cain plans to open his Georgia headquarters and talk to supporters about his reassessment."
But that seems to be in direct contradiction to what Cain himself said Friday only moments later. During a campaign stop in South Carolina, Cain said he would, in fact, make an announcement about the future of his embattled presidential bid on Saturday:
“My wife and family comes first. I’ve got to take that into consideration. I don’t doubt the support that I have, just look at the people that are here. We’ve got to look at what happens to contributions and we’ve got to re-evaluate the whole strategy," he said.
He then added: "Tomorrow in Atlanta, I will be making an announcement, but nobody’s going to get me to make that prematurely. That’s all there is to that.”
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