AP: Cain doesn't remember specific allegations

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Associated Press

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 31 at 7:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says he doesn't remember the specific allegations of sexual harassment that were made against him in the 1990s.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Cain was asked if he was unaware of the specific allegations and he responded "some of them." Then when pressed, he said he wasn't aware of any of the allegations. He told The AP: "That was 12 years ago. So no, I don't remember."

Cain has denied sexually harassing anyone while he was head of the National Restaurant Association. He says the allegations are surfacing now as part of a "witch hunt."

The former pizza company executive was responding to a Politico report that said the trade group gave financial settlements to at least two female employees who had accused Cain of inappropriate sexual behavior. Cain says he doesn't know whether the association provided any such settlements.

The trade group has declined to comment.

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APPHOTO DCPM120: Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain wipes his forehead before answering questions at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, Oct., 31, 2011. Denying he sexually harassed anyone, Cain said Monday he was falsely accused in the 1990s while he was head of the National Restaurant Association, and he branded revelation of the allegations a "witch hunt.". (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (31 Oct 2011)

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APPHOTO DCPM119: Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. Denying he sexually harassed anyone, Cain said Monday he was falsely accused in the 1990s while he was head of the National Restaurant Association, and he branded revelation of the allegations a "witch hunt.". (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (31 Oct 2011)

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APPHOTO DCPM121: Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain answers questions at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, Oct., 31, 2011. Denying he sexually harassed anyone, Cain said Monday he was falsely accused in the 1990s while he was head of the National Restaurant Association, and he branded revelation of the allegations a "witch hunt.". (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (31 Oct 2011)

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APPHOTO DCPM123: Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (31 Oct 2011)

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