Cain: 'Someone is encouraging' my accusers

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Herman Cain continued his vocal defense against allegations he sexually harassed two women while serving as president of the National Restaurant Association, telling CNN Tuesday that he believes "this is an intended smear campaign."

Cain said the allegations were surfacing now in an attempt to discredit his insurgent presidential campaign.

"Obviously someone is encouraging them to bring it up now because I'm doing so well," Cain said. "I absolutely believe that this is an intended smear campaign."

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