“As you know, from my repeated and vociferous denials of every doing anything wrong, inappropriate or even less than brilliant — at any point, ever — that my candidacy for president has rattled some people. They remain desperately afraid of a black, businessman moving into the White House. They know I can win, and neither the Democratic machine, nor some of the other GOP campaign, can let that happen.
“Both my wife, Gloria, and I remain convinced that Herman Cain is exactly what the doctor ordered to lead this great country at this time in history. While the persistent rumors and allegations about me don’t bother me at all, as I know they are not true, the toll they are taking on my wife is another story. I don’t want to give in to these fear mongerers and mud slingers but after meeting with the joint chiefs of my campaign, we determined these attacks will keep coming so I am ending my current campaign for the GOP nomination.
“Herman Cain will be back. Maybe as soon as next year — I will base my decision to run as an Independent on whether I can get Donald Trump to run with me. If that doesn’t work out, he is unpredictable and not nearly the handsome rascal Rick Perry is — or that I am — this is not the last presidential run for the Cain Train.
“Thank you for your support, God bless you, God bless America and God bless Godfather’s Pizza.”