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What a Cain Administration Might Look Like
The New York Times ^ | November 15, 2011 | RICHARD A. OPPEL JR

Posted on 11/15/2011 12:50:32 PM PST by mdittmar

While Herman Cain’s foreign policy stumbles have raised questions about his command of the facts, he says he would consult with military officials and other expert advisers to guide him through the thicket of world affairs.

So who might advise a President Cain? Henry Kissinger, the 88-year-old former secretary of state, has already turned down returning to that job in a Cain administration, the candidate says.

“He said he’s perfectly happy doing what he’s doing,” Mr. Cain told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In a new video excerpt posted on the newspaper’s Web site, Mr. Cain responds to a question from editors and reporters about who could serve in his administration by citing a number of people he said he has had conversations with.

These include, he said, John R. Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations; K.T. McFarland, a onetime aide to Mr. Kissinger and former Pentagon spokeswoman under President Ronald Reagan; Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina; and Gen. Jack Chain Jr., now retired, a former head of the Strategic Air Command. Mr. Cain also said he was fond of Representative Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who is chairman of the House Budget Committee.

“My administration will have a majority of business people as well as some seasoned officeholders who are not afraid to challenge the status quo,” said Mr. Cain, a former pizza executive and restaurant-industry lobbyist. “That’s the main quality that I am looking for.”

Another segment of the newspaper’s interview posted online on Monday showed Mr. Cain stumbling with awkward pauses through five minutes of questioning about whether or not he agreed with President Obama’s Libya policy.

(Excerpt) Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bachmann; bolton; cain; dontgetcocky; frontrunner; hardworkahead; hermancain; lordwilling; michellemalkin; notoveryet; rumsfeld; santorum

1 posted on 11/15/2011 12:50:33 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Better in most ways.


2 posted on 11/15/2011 12:52:08 PM PST by allmost
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To: mdittmar
Already measuring and picking the color of the drapes in the Oval Office? Don't you think you have to get over 40% of the Primary electorate first?

It is not going to work, knowing what Cain lacks, to start showing that he will make up for his lack of competent governmental knowledge, by hiring a bunch of experts who assumably do.

Ask President Palin how well that kind of projection worked out.

3 posted on 11/15/2011 12:59:04 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: mdittmar

Bring in Bolton, and I don’t care if Cain can’t find Europe on a globe.


4 posted on 11/15/2011 1:09:08 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

It’s a common question. They’ve all been asked. Perry was asked the other day. I think these are important questions to ask them. What in the heck is he supposed to do say, “sorry I can’t answer that question because PSYCHO-FREEP on FR thinks it means I’m picking out the drapes. But hey, I’m sure there’s a candidate it would be okay to ask that of.”

Cindie


5 posted on 11/15/2011 1:10:03 PM PST by gardencatz (I'm lucky enough to live, walk & breathe among heroes! I am the mother of a US Marine!)
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To: mdittmar
>>>>>>“My administration will have a majority of business people ..

AKA. Lobbyists!

6 posted on 11/15/2011 1:10:46 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

—by hiring a bunch of experts who assumably do.—

That’s basically the argument Henry Ford made when his family sued to find him incompetent.

He won.

A good leader doesn’t know everything, and he knows it. What he does do it acquire a good selection of advisory with whom he has a good relationship to help him then make the correct decisions. And a good leader is a quick study.

So far I have been extremely happy with Cain’s performance. If a person can only be elected if they demonstrate that they are a “jack of all trades, master of none” we are in for even a larger world of hurt.

This is fundamental. It is a core principle.


7 posted on 11/15/2011 1:12:45 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: mdittmar
“My administration will have a majority of business people as well as some seasoned officeholders who are not afraid to challenge the status quo,” said Mr. Cain.
8 posted on 11/15/2011 1:13:26 PM PST by justsaynomore (http://teamcain.hermancain.com)
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To: mdittmar

I guess now that the NYSlimes knows Cain will not do anything about public service unions Cain is now acceptable to the Marxists in the “elite” media.


9 posted on 11/15/2011 1:13:51 PM PST by jpsb
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To: cuban leaf

I like military history and I seriously doubt all you need is a pizza salesman and a few experts to win a major engagement against a well trained, well prepared, competent enemy army. Just saying.


10 posted on 11/15/2011 1:19:12 PM PST by jpsb
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To: cuban leaf
That’s basically the argument Henry Ford made when his family sued to find him incompetent.

Wasn't it Einstein who questioned why he should fill his mind with useless facts when he could easily just look them up in a book?

11 posted on 11/15/2011 1:23:23 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: jpsb

—I like military history and I seriously doubt all you need is a pizza salesman and a few experts to win a major engagement against a well trained, well prepared, competent enemy army. Just saying.—

I firmly agree. That is another thing I like about Cain. He’s not running for general and will probably leave military decisions to the generals that actually know what they are doing.


12 posted on 11/15/2011 1:26:01 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: mdittmar
Just another frigging hit piece, the man said give me a second, his pause was 11 seconds long, and he answered the frigging question. Rush played it today, and well as one of your leaders, obummers, mumbling stumbling pauses. Obummer stumbled around for over a minute and still did not answer the question. Rush sort of said he was ashamed of some of you.
13 posted on 11/15/2011 1:26:38 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Even in my career a common phrase is “I don’t know everything, but I know where to find it if I need it.”


14 posted on 11/15/2011 1:26:49 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: jpsb
I like military history and I seriously doubt all you need is a pizza salesman,P>What a sleazy attack. Cain's experience far surpases being a "pizza salesman"

But you know that, don't you.

If I want to see those kinds of libtard smears I'd be listening the the LSM, I come here to get away from it.

15 posted on 11/15/2011 1:26:59 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: jpsb

Cain is a rocket scientist...literally and has a degree in mathematics. He also worked with the Navy. Being a corporate exec was just the fun part.


16 posted on 11/15/2011 1:29:14 PM PST by Tucker822
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To: mdittmar

Paul Ryan and John Bolton...sounds like a winner to me..


17 posted on 11/15/2011 1:39:08 PM PST by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER 2012 from my house....)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

....’You don’t have to know everything, you just have to know where to find it’....


18 posted on 11/15/2011 1:49:36 PM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: jpsb
I seriously doubt all you need is a pizza salesman and a few experts

His resume speaks for itself: Navy rocket scientist; computer Coca Cola systems analyst; Pillsbury VP of Corporate Data Systems & Services; business manager over 400 Burger Kings; CEO, owner of God Father’s Pizza; chairman, National Restaurant Association; Federal Reserve advisor; chairman, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank; writer, public speaker, radio host, associate minister, faithful husband, and father.

Herman Cain has what it takes to lead a country.

19 posted on 11/15/2011 1:52:09 PM PST by stars & stripes forever ( Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: jpsb

And that’s why we have everything from the Joint Chiefs to grunts. Amazing how well that’s worked when the military actually gets to be in charge. Good advisers and experts in their fields can help a good decision maker make the best decision. There’s NO WAY, none that every candidate is an expert in everything. NONE. Not even Newt. Not everyone has perfect positions on everything. NONE. I don’t care whether you think he’s presidential material or not but don’t you think it’s a little condescending considering how successful he is? The man IS the American Dream and he puts a lie to all those rumors that a black man can’t get to the top in this country. The fact that he’s running and has gotten where he is through hard work should be a source of pride, not ridicule.

Cindie


20 posted on 11/15/2011 2:06:58 PM PST by gardencatz (I'm lucky enough to live, walk & breathe among heroes! I am the mother of a US Marine!)
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To: gardencatz

I am not ridiculing him I am ridiculing the idea that you don’t have to know anything and can get by on just listening to experts. Every expert there was told Mac Author Inchon would fail. All the experts called Reagan economic plan “Voodoo economics”. Experts in the North said the “rebellion” would be over in 90s days. Leaders, great leaders have a very good idea on what they are doing, why they are doing it and what the out come will be. Just saying I would consult with my experts does not give me a warm fuzzy feeling about the future of our country under President Cain.


21 posted on 11/15/2011 2:19:24 PM PST by jpsb
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To: jpsb

Kissinger won’t serve? That’s a relief!


22 posted on 11/15/2011 3:08:52 PM PST by Curmudgeon2K
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23 posted on 11/15/2011 4:08:58 PM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: jpsb

So who’s your candidate?


24 posted on 11/15/2011 4:09:59 PM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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25 posted on 11/15/2011 4:41:36 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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I'd like too see new faces running agencies and in advisory positions and I don't mean the same new old faces we have seen since 1989 either. We need a good and capable Secretary of State as well as Secretary of Defense. We have not had such in over two decades now. We need an Attorney General who respects the Constitution of the United States and uphold our laws including ones on immigration and will enforce them. We need the EPA shut down. I don't see Romney, Perry, nor Newt, as ones who will bring in new faces with any different ideas than what the Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama policies have brought. I think all three are to the left of even what Bush presidents were.

Outside of a highly unlikely DeMint or Paul Ryan entrance Cain is the only Republican I see who can lead this nation back toward where we once were instead of more deeper into where we are headed at a slower pace. His asking Henry K to join the team I think was partially in jest. Henry is K is about 89 and no where near up too the task anyway LOL.

I do know this much I expect the DEMs too be liberal socialist. I expected far better leadership from the GOP though and the past two decades the GOP has not taken the lead when given even golden opportunities to do so. I will not accept not vote for Rockefeller Republicans nor those who previously had their chance to lead and quit while in office.

If Newt for example wanted to be POTUS he should have earned trust back by holding office. Governor would have been a start but Newt thinks or hopes some Conservatives have short memories. Nothing Newt has done in the past two years shows me Newt is conservative. Perry the same thing. Romney I don't even have to say it. His DEM agenda record is long standing.

26 posted on 11/15/2011 5:01:29 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: mdittmar
Nobody can afford to be arrogant or so self-assured to this level before the first primary vote is even cast. Having said that, if he dodges the long knives out for him planted by Karl Rove, David Axelrod, Politico, the Government-Media Complex, Gloria Allred, a cast of skanks, and even some conservatives (shame on them), then I nominate for President Cain's team, as Press Secretary: Michelle Malkin. Now that would be a GOOD Michelle in the White House for a change!!

She would be GREAT on her feet, and would run absolute circles around the liberal press, she is eloquent on TV, knows DC, the tricks of the trade, is a journalist herself, and is solid and unwavering. Being a minority (1/2 Asian 1/2 African-American) while not a deciding factor, would also make liberal heads explode, I guarantee you.

("AmericanInTokyo" for Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy, Japan--shameless plug)

Still, a lonnnnnng way to go before we even get to this point, and it is all in God's loving hands whether He truly wishes Cain to be our next president and smack the ever loving, living daylights out of the Obongo Team next year.

27 posted on 11/15/2011 5:17:28 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Just remember. When they attack ANOTHER Conservative Candidate they are just practicing to get YOURS)
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To: BenKenobi
Check this one today, hot news flash:

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28 posted on 11/15/2011 5:18:27 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Just remember. When they attack ANOTHER Conservative Candidate they are just practicing to get YOURS)
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To: cuban leaf
The worst kind of leader is one who thinks he knows everything, and thinks he is smarter than every one else. Example: Barack Obama.
So, I agree with your thinking.

29 posted on 11/15/2011 5:22:46 PM PST by federal__reserve (Obama Vs Perry presidential debates are my worst nightmare! Those will get huge audiences.)
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To: All

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30 posted on 11/15/2011 5:27:15 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Just remember, when they savage ANOTHER Conservative Candidate, its just practice to get YOUR'S next)
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To: Nat Turner; mdittmar; AmericanInTokyo; ntnychik; dixiechick2000

31 posted on 11/16/2011 1:51:46 AM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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