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Ginger White Details Alleged Herman Cain Affair

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Ginger White poses for a photo near Dunwoody, Ga. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. In an explosive allegation, White said Monday she and Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair that lasted nearly until the former businessman announced his candidacy for the White House several months ago. (AP Photo/Greg Bluestein) | AP

Ginger White, whose accusation of a 13-year affair with Herman Cain contributed to his decision to suspend his presidential campaign Saturday, revealed intimate details of the alleged affair in an interview with The Daily Beast published Monday.

"One time we were having sex, and I was looking up at the ceiling, thinking about 'What am I going to buy at the grocery store tomorrow? What I am going to do with my kids tomorrow?'" she said. "One time after we had sex, I cried. He said, 'Maybe we shouldn't do this for a while.' So maybe he did have a heart -- or half a heart. But I knew I needed his financial help."

White defended her decision to take money from Cain. "I am a loving mother who has always wanted to make her own way and give her kids the best. I never wanted to take a handout, and I've said no more times than I said yes," she said.

Cain acknowledged that he gave White financial help with "month-to-month bills and expenses," without telling his wife, Gloria. He described White as a friend but denied any sexual affair with her.

Cain announced he was suspending his campaign Saturday. "These false and unproved allegations continue ... to create a cloud of doubt over me and this campaign and my family," he said. "That spin hurts. It hurts my wife, it hurts my family, it hurts me, and it hurts the American people, because you're being denied solutions to our problems."

White apologized to Cain's wife, Gloria, and his children Thursday. "I am deeply, deeply sorry if I have caused any hurt to her and to his kids, to his family. That was not my intention. I never wanted to hurt anyone, and I'm deeply sorry. I am very sorry," she said on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

White told The Daily Beast that she could not bring herself to watch Cain's announcement Saturday.

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