Gingrich on Cain: Been there, buddy

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich expressed empathy with his embattled rival, Herman Cain, in an interview with CBS Evening News that will air tonight.

CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes interviewed Gingrich during a campaign stop today in Hilton Head, S.C. She asked Gingrich about the state of Cain’s candidacy, who announced today that he is “reassessing” his campaign strategy after an Atlanta woman stepped forward yesterday claiming she had a 13-year affair with Cain.

“No, he’s not disqualified,” Gingrich said of Cain in an interview excerpt already released. “Remember, I was supposed to be dead in June and July. I am not going to go around and declare anybody else dead. I think that any candidate has the right to try to recover. They have the right to try to get back in the game. They have the right to try to rebuild momentum.”

“I like Herman Cain personally, we have known each other for many years and I think that it must be very painful to go through what he’s going through right now.”

CBS says Cordes also talked to Gingrich about his own campaign, his recent surge in the polls, and concerns about his marital history, which has included cheating on his second wife.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.