• With: Herman Cain

    CAIN: Yes. And I'm totally unaware as to any formal charges coming from this other person. And the other woman, the name is not mentioned in Politico, but Politico shared the name of this other lady with my staff, so I know the name of the person that's alleged to be the other one. She had been a longer-term employee. But I have no knowledge that she made a formal complaint or accusation or anything like that.

    VAN SUSTEREN: So she never got any settlement or any sort of severance, as far as you know?

    CAIN: As far as I know because...

    VAN SUSTEREN: Would you know?

    CAIN: I would know -- I would know if there had been some formal complaint because my general counsel would have advised me to settle if it was serious for whatever reason. But I'm not even aware that a complaint was made.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Did anyone tell your staff what this second woman claimed you did?

    CAIN: No. They only said that there were two instances, two ladies that worked at the restaurant association that were claiming sexual harassment by me. That's what they told us. They only shared the name of one of the ladies.

    VAN SUSTEREN: The one being the one who hadn't signed the settlement?

    CAIN: No, the one that I didn't even know that that was a formal charge.

    VAN SUSTEREN: OK, but the one with the settlement, you know who that is, you just don't remember her last name?

    CAIN: I don't remember her name at all...


    CAIN: ... the one where there was some sort of agreement.

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right. The one whose name you do remember, that they shared with you, what was her job?

    CAIN: She worked in our governmental affairs department and she worked in the function that managed our political action committee.

    VAN SUSTEREN: And how often would you see her in a given week?

    CAIN: Not a lot because I was on the road a lot. So if I'm in the office, it would be casually running into her, like I would run into everybody. But because when I was in that role, I was on the road a lot -- one year, I gave 80 speeches. And if you figure out the math on that, because -- and went to nearly every state because they would have a state restaurant association meeting -- I mean a state convention -- and I would go. So I was gone an awful lot.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Did you ever travel with this second woman?

    CAIN: No.

    VAN SUSTEREN: So you have never -- have you ever been in a hotel room, to have even -- to have inappropriate conversation with anyone?

    CAIN: No.

    VAN SUSTEREN: There was one suggestion that someplace in Chicago, I think that -- if I got this right -- that you had had a conversation with someone. Is that not right?

    CAIN: When we were at the restaurant show, I was constantly talking with different staff members about different issues. If I had a private conversation with her, I don't recall having a private conversation with her. But all of the conversations that I had, it could have been. But I don't recollect.


    VAN SUSTEREN: And straight ahead, you hear more from Mr. Herman Cain, including why he believes the sexual harassment scandal is suddenly exploding.


    VAN SUSTEREN: Mr. Herman Cain insists accusations of sexual harassment against him are false. Here's more of our interview with Mr. Cain.


    VAN SUSTEREN: Why do you think this is coming up now?

    CAIN: I believe this is coming up now because I'm doing so well in this Republican presidential campaign. I'm in the top tier. I'm statistically tied with Mitt Romney, and in some of the polls, I'm actually in first place.

    I have no idea who's egging this on, who's on this witch hunt, but I am convinced, and my staff and I are convinced, that it is intended to, one, distract us -- and it is a distraction. Secondly, a lot of people have a problem with the fact that I'm doing so well and I'm so likable. Third, since they cannot shoot holes in my proposals, my plans, they're going to try to shoot holes in me, the candidate. So that's the reason it is coming up now.

    VAN SUSTEREN: You know, a lot of guys don't know what sexual harassment is. I mean, they just think they're being -- you know, complimenting a woman.

    CAIN: Right.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Are you one of those guys? I mean, like, do you -- I mean, do you sort of know where the line is where inappropriate and appropriate -- or are you, like, one of these over-complimenters and just don't get it? I mean, what -- and how -- how do I -- how do we know?

    CAIN: I believe I have a good sense for where you cross the line relative to sexual harassment. But you have to know the lady, the individual. And if you look at my entire 40-year career and you look at the fact that I worked for the Department of the Navy, Coca-Cola, the Pillsbury Company, managed organizations, ran a region for Burger King, ran Godfather's Pizza, and I get to the National Restaurant Association.

    Up to that point, not one accusation of sexual harassment, which meant that I did a pretty good job of knowing where to draw the line. I thought I had drawn the line and not infringed upon what was obviously perceived as sexual harassment on her part when I made that little gesture about her height, and I can't honestly remember what else was even in the accusation.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Got a roaming eye at all?

    CAIN: A roaming eye?