Herman Cain has officially responded to harassment charges against him, at a press conference this afternoon
His lawyer says serious claims are not settled for nuisance value, and serious accusations are not made in a parade of media interviews.
The lawyer mispronounced Bialek's name " Bidek"
The lawyer says Cain must respond to hearsay, rumor and speculation and he is not afforded the opportunity to cross examine his accusers.
The lawyer asks that cain be afforded "fairness" and asks the audience to main it's "common sense".
Cain says he normally doesn't use notes, but he will today because he wants to be thorough.
He says he is taking his response "directly to the people"
" I have never acted inappropriately anywhere, with anyone, period"
"My first response was "I don't know who this woman is"
Cain says he cannot remember ever meeting her, and does not remember her name.
He absolutely rejects the charges
"they simply did not happen, they simply did not happen"
"We are not going to allow politics to deny me the opportunity to represent this great nation"
"I will not be deterred by false ,anonymous, incorrect, accusations"
"When we allow false accusations to rule the day, that part of America is broken"
"We will get through this. The Democrat machine has brought forth a troubled woman to make false accusations"
"I have been married for 43 years. My wife said " I have known you for 46 years. That does not sound like you"
"My family knows the man that I am. However I ask the media not drag my family into this. Some of the media have stalked my family members."
I have managed thousands and thousands and thousands of employees, now that I am running for President, false accusations are made, shedding false light on my character and my integrity"
I will repeat, I have never acted inappropriately, with anyone, period."
IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR A CANDIDATE'S CHARACTER TO BE BROUGHT UP DURING A CAMPAIGN.
WILL YOU TAKE A LIE DETECTOR TEST?
Cain : Yes I will take a lie detector test.
HOW CAN YOU CONVINCE THE VOTERS?
It is natural some voters will be turned off by the accusations