Gloria Cain, wife of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, has reportedly agreed to sit down this weekend with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News for a television segment that will likely air Monday, according to The New York Times.
Herman Cain's wife has been largely absent from the campaign trail since he announced his candidacy in May. Gloria Cain has been photographed at her husband's side only once -- at the formal campaign kickoff event in Atlanta on May 21. Gloria Cain also did not regularly appear with her husband when he ran for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in 2004.
Although other political spouses, such as Anita Perry, Ann Romney, and Marcus Bachmann, have embraced their roles helping with fundraising and garnering support, it appears Gloria Cain has primarily shied away from the spotlight.
Since allegations of sexual harassment have called Herman Cain's candidacy in question, however, many have looked to Gloria Cain to defend him and deny the veracity of the accusations. Now, it seems many voters will have their first chance to meet her during the Fox News interview.
Herman Cain told The New York Times that he called his wife after Sharon Bialek publicly accused the former head of the National Restaurant Association of sexual harassment.
I said, 'Hello, sweetheart, did you see that interview?' Cain said, according to the Times. She used some language that I've never heard her use before.
The Cains have been married for 43 years and have two grown children, Vincent and Melanie. Gloria Cain worked briefly as a teacher and librarian, but has spent most of her life as a homemaker.
Although he rarely speaks of his wife openly, Cain told Fox News that she represents the calm and tranquility in his life and that he wants her to continue to be the nucleus for his family, rather than spending her life on the campaign trail.