Having a president without "questionable personal issues" would be nice, but it may be impossible.
Steve Schultz, still a loyal Herman Cain supporter, shared that thought Friday while waiting for the embattled Republican presidential hopeful to arrive at the Magnolia Room in Rock Hill - Cain's last stop before heading home to Atlanta to "reassess" his campaign following allegations that he had an extramarital affair.
Dogged by accusations of sexual harassment, Cain took another hit Monday when an Atlanta businesswoman he met years ago at a conference in Kentucky said she and Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair.
Earlier this week, Cain said he would meet with his wife to discuss whether he'd continue the race - not because the accusations are true, but because some supporters might withdraw their support in the shadow of this "cloud" darkening his chances.
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In Rock Hill on Friday, Cain said he would make an important campaign announcement at 11 a.m. today in Atlanta.
Schultz, like many of Cain's supporters, has been making his own judgment calls about whether to continue supporting Cain.
"I like his focus," Schultz said. "He isn't distracted by all the other issues."
While waiting for Cain to arrive, Paul Anderko and brothers Frank and David Duncan were debating whether, or how much, the accusations matter - true or not.
"I want a winner," said Anderko, a doubtful look on his face, adding quickly, "I love the man ... but he admitted he didn't tell his wife."
"I'd much rather you say it's none of my business," David Duncan said, referring to Cain's personal life.
"If we condemned every politician who had lied, they'd all be hanging from a light post in Washington," said Frank Duncan, who supports Cain despite the allegations of sexual impropriety, which he said lacked proof.
Frank Duncan has been following the Georgia businessman for years and finally had a chance to meet him and talk face-to-face. He admires how he came from nothing and has become a successful "no-nonsense problem-solver."
"I'm all in with him," he said. "He's exactly what we need."
Frank Duncan said he has given a lot of money to Cain's campaign and would continue "until he quits or drops dead."
Or if he isn't telling the public the truth.
"If it turns out that he's lied," Frank Duncan said, "I'm going to be upset and disappointed."
First-time voters Dylan Sukkart, 18, and Savannah Knight, 17, have been wrestling with how they feel about Cain's alleged missteps.
Even if the allegations are true, Cain should move forward with his campaign, said Knight, student body president at Clover High School.
"You shouldn't let your past dictate your future," she said.
But Sukkart, who wants to believe Cain is telling the truth, had a slightly different take. He's worried how he'll feel later if he finds out any of the allegations are true.
"If he would admit it," he said, "I would feel better about it."
While Cain stumped in Rock Hill, he barely mentioned the recent allegations threatening to derail his campaign and didn't say whether they meant the end.
"I'm reassessing because of all this media firestorm stuff," Cain said. "Why? Because my wife and family come first."
But he also warned supporters against misinformation and all the "garbage out there" about him.
Cain did not elaborate on what today's announcement would be, and a campaign spokesman said later he could not comment except to say that staff are moving "full speed ahead."
Despite some media reports already sounding the campaign's death rattle, the site of Cain's announcement - a new headquarters for campaign volunteers - seemed to signal the opposite.
The uncertainty had news reporters calling campaign staffers all day Friday as though anticipating a cancellation, said a campaign spokesman.
In addition to the 150 or so audience members, a full deck of reporters and cameras also came Friday to see the candidate who enjoyed October and November leads in three South Carolina polls but now lingers in third place - trailing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to Real Clear Politics.
Either way, the uncertainty may help Cain.
"Keeping you guessing at least keeps his name in the media," said Scott Huffmon, Winthrop University political science professor and pollster.
Other candidates may enjoy having a little scandal just for the publicity, Huffmon said. Running out of money at this point likely won't deter Cain.
"If it's a matter of one month life or death, he's going to be able to financially make it happen," Huffmon said. "At this point, he can hang on until Iowa. That's what everyone's strategy is, to give it that bounce."
Another factor making it hard to "read the tea leaves," Huffmon said, is "the personality of the people who wake up and say, 'I want to be the most powerful person in the world' " - and believe they can convince others.
Some are convinced.
Tuel Alessandra, a 15-year-old junior at Dreher High School in Columbia, came to Rock Hill to give Cain a gift - a portrait she painted of Cain that she hopes will hang in the White House.
Many of Cain's comments were also forward-looking: "I'm on this journey for a reason, and I don't look back."