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Courtesy of the Herman Cain campaign, below is the full copy of the candidate’s statement regarding the new allegations:

The Des Moines Register digs up the archive:

During a March 2011 teleconference with bloggers, one questioner asked Cain directly what opposition researchers might find in the candidate’s past. “I can assure you, I have an original copy of my birth certificate. I don’t have any illegitimate babies. I don’t have any mistresses,” Cain said. “So, no, I don’t have any of those kind of skeletons in my closet and what I have told people, if they come up with something and try to damage my reputation, they will have made it up.”

Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney's former rival and current national campaign co-chair, told reporters on Monday that Democrats were attacking the former Massachusetts governor out of fear he'd be a formidable general election nominee.

"This Administration does not want to campaign against Mitt Romney and be forced to defend three years of failure," he said. "Instead of focusing on the middle class and job creation, President Obama and Democrats are focused on campaigning and trying to tear down Mitt Romney."

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Herman Cain scooped his latest accuser Monday evening on CNN, but Fox 5 in Atlanta still has the story. Watch the station’s 6 o'clock broadcast here.

HuffPost’s Michael Calderone reports that Wolf Blitzer didn’t know about the latest allegations against Herman Cain when the two men sat down for an interview Monday evening. But during a commercial break, Blitzer saw tweets about the story and asked Cain if they could discuss it. Cain agreed.

Rep Barney Frank (D-MA) put his trademark pugnaciousness on full display in his retirement press conference Monday, giddily bashing Republicans -- especially former Speaker Newt Gingrich -- at every turn.

Frank said he decided to retire for a number of reasons, including the Republican majority's stranglehold on policy decisions, the prospect of a tough re-election, and a redesigned district that includes over 300,000 new constituents. Frank said the latter was the immediate factor behind his retirement, since he dreaded the prospect of having to reintroduce himself to so many new voters while still performing his job at a high level and wanted to give his party a heads up to find a new recruit to run.

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