While some published reports indicate that Herman Cain plans to announce today that he will suspend his Republican presidential campaign, even top staff on the campaign still have no idea what Cain's decision will be.
"I don't know anything," said one staffer who was working in a key early state this morning. The campaign's field director Jamie Brazil "doesn't know anything," the staffer said in a brief phone interview.
Politico cited "multiple sources" for its report that the Atlanta businessman was "leaning toward suspending the campaign," a report dismissed by the staffer.
"Nobody knows. The honest answer is, nobody f--king knows. I don't know. I don't even know if Mark Block knows. My guess is that he probably does not. . . . Everybody's just waiting. I think the honest truth is, whoever talked to Politico ... is speculative. I mean, everybody's got their opinion of what he might say or do, but nobody knows for sure."
A press conference is scheduled today in Atlanta at 1 p.m. ET, but another source close to the campaign said this morning that in numerous communications with key campaign staff, there have been no indications -- "none whatsoever" -- what the candidate's announcement will be. There are apparently no plans to hold a conference call with staff prior to this afternoon's announcement. If the campaign does go forward, sources say, contributors and fundraisers expect there will be major changes to the staff.