) -- Two women have accused Herman Cain, a GOP presidential candidate, of inappropriate behavior during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association,



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Cain's campaign issued a lengthy statement Sunday night attacking, but not directly denying, the report from



"Fearing the message of Herman Cain who is shaking up the political landscape in Washington, Inside the Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain," Cain's campaign said in a statement. "Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain's tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts."

A Cain spokesman, J.D. Gordon, repeatedly evaded questions about whether the National Restaurant Association made payments to two female employees who expressed discomfort with Cain's actions,



Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, is a frontrunner in the race to unseat President Obama in 2012. His "9-9-9" plan has connected with a vast number of Republican voters.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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