Skip to comments.Herman Cain Stumbles on Question About Libya
Posted on 11/14/2011 4:49:05 PM PST by katiedidit1
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was asked a simple question by the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "So you agreed with President Obama on Libya, or not?" The response, nearly five minutes long, is painful to watch:
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Doesn’t change my vote.
The Cain-Bash on FR continues.
Perry looks like a genius next to Cain...horrendous blunder on Libya!
Its a tough question for an aspiring leader of the USA to answer - we’ve apparently just concluded a military action likely contrary to our national interests. Do you tell the truth and risk appearing ‘unpatriotic’ to the uninformed?
I thought Cains answers were perfectly fine. He seemed tired and stressed out, and obviously had a brainfreeze initially on the Libya questionbut he recollected himself perfectly fine and gave a solid reply. Thats what counts.
Presidents are only human, not superheros. Theyre subject to the same human limitations as the rest of us.
So a person is not allowed to clarify a question that is ambiguous before answering? His final answer is very good and thoughtful. The media is really trying to take him down and sadly it is working.
Herman should have said..my Teleprompter is broken I will get back to you on that..and because of Obamas policy ther are over 25,000 rockets and launchers we will have used against us in the foreseeable future...
Did you watch the video? it is horrendous. It happened, it is a fact and Cain messed up.
The media seems desperate. The rule (it’s been in place for decades) is that all Republicans are too stupid to be president. Now we have Obama in there as a Democrat president, and the media needs to show that all Republicans are more stupid than Obama. It’s a tough challenge, but the media is willing to try and find the evidence.
Isn’t that kind of a trick question? After all, does ANYONE really know what Pres. Obama’s view on Libya actually WAS? I know he talked about it, but I never really figured it out, myself.
My self I would of started off by saying the American public do not condone the killing of heads of states that started over 50 years ago taking out duly elected presidents of south American countries and the slather of the duly elected president of south Vietnam by the CIA, which some construe was the reason that JFK was assassinated.
I don't see Cain as a guy who feels he has to make a decision without advice, or in the next ten minutes.
Between this and the Saturday night debate, it has not been a good week for Cain.
Peter principle becomes evident.
Perry is an establishment Republican with years of experience and screws up time and time again.
Cain is fairly new to the field of politics. What do you expect, perfection. If this is our standard, then we will get Obama in 2012.
Cain asked for clarity, then answered the question. What’s the big deal? This is not a debate.
Good point. We can go back to a Sarah Palin interview in which she was asked about "The Bush Doctrine". The media response was that she had fumbled the answer. It turned out that the media could not define the Bush Doctrine either.
Having the interviewer clarify the question is a smart tactic. The media is not your friend.
Cain 2012! That is the ONLY candidate that I will vote for unless Bachmann or Santorum get the nod. I am not voting for a liberal which is someone who loves illegal aliens, sat next to Nancy Pelosi selling Global Warming, Flip flopper, etc. It will NOT happen!!!!!!!! Read and Heed!!!!!
LOL that would work
Truly awful. It doesn’t have to change anyone’s mind, but simply admitting it would at least be honest.
Good point. I believe Obama’s position was:
Do nothing, congratulate winner, take partial credit.
This stuttering is about the same as watching Obama stutter around, which was just shown in another thread.
And now, saying M.Bachman was Tutti Frutti Ice cream flavor. That is just disgusting and displays his Freudian slip disdain for women. You said you would get in trouble with that answer, YOU KNEW IT, but just couldn't hep' yourself, right? CUTE.haha NOT
BACHMAM equals Tutti Frutti? If in a one on one debate with Ms. Bachman, she would mop the floor with you on what she knows about any domestic or foreign affairs. You can only go so far on being Cutsey and 9-9-9ish. Gingrich already mopped the floor with you and he was nice about it, want to go for seconds with Bachman? rofl. Maybe you want to defer that question.
He wouldn’t know Libya from a mud puddle if he stepped in either. I’ll vote for Cain but I can see him needing a two hour nap each afternoon (as President)
I saw it. He took a few moments to collect his thoughts before giving an answer in a sit-down interview to a bunch of print journalists who are hoping to twist whatever he says against him. Just shows how desperate people are to get something negative on Cain.
If Cain forgets 9-9-9 then you can compare him to the guy who can't remember which federal departments his handlers want to eliminate.
This isn't just the MSM, conservative media are all over this as well. These clips up are up at Hot Air, Michele Malkin, Ace, etc.
Not only does Cain flub in trying to answer a simple question about Libya, he gets the collective bargaining stuff completely wrong and comes out in support of public employees "right" to collectively bargain.
Herman is getting by on his skills as a motivational speaker - but on policy he knows practically nothing and he can't fall back on 999 for everything.
ABO. He’s still light years better than jug ears.
James Carville on CNN:
“Cain’s Lybia gaffe made Rick Perry look like Henry Kissinger.”
Yes, I expect the next COMMANDER IN CHIEF of the United States of America to be informed on issues such as Libya, Pakistan, Iran, Israel, etc. I do not expect anyone running to have been “briefed” but there is a lot of material out there on military sites, by John Bolton and others that I would have “boned up” on...serving as Commander in Chief is the primary duty of our president.
What isn’t with you Newtbots? You guys have been hiding under a rock for months for fear of being exposed as a RINO. Now you smell blood and think everyone will just magically forget Newt’s establishment and RINO ways (not to mention his own personal baggage).
I guarantee you. If Newt debates Obama, it will not be the clobbering you are hoping for. Newt would turn to his moderate-RINO crap in the General and lecture us that a “big tent” solution is the way to go. Maybe you can be swayed by debate words without substance, but many people are not. In the end, Newt has the same problem that Romney has, a lack of trust among the voters. And even with all the sentiment against Obama, if people cannot trust their candidate, they don’t vote for them. Just the plain truth.
“I thought Cains answers were perfectly fine. He seemed tired and stressed out, and obviously had a brainfreeze initially on the Libya questionbut he recollected himself perfectly fine and gave a solid reply. Thats what counts.”
I guess he should not have stopped and thought about it before responding. (/sarcasm). I agree with you, I liked the response, and actually, I prefer someone who actually does some thinking when running for a public office. We have had far too much of people getting into office without thinking.
You do know that the EPA donated to Cains senatorial campaign in Georgia? in 2003 the EPA gave Cain 400 dollars.
Another case of brain freeze and trying to recover. I do think he’s not up to speed on foreign affairs and yes, I think Newt does have that knowledge and yes, I prefer Newt but that doesn’t mean I want Cain to screw up.
posting a video of our potential commander in chief (in his own words) is bashing?
I have no desire for a "brilliant" president who has a ready answer for everything. Been there. Done that. Didn't work out so well.
I want someone who loves the country, respects our institutions, and will stick with solid principles. He can hire advisers to help him deal with the specifics. The general stuff is far more important, and Cain is fine on that.
The Newbots and Perrybots have decided to tag-team Herman since they smell blood. Personally, I think it’s there blood they smell.
“Did you watch the video? it is horrendous.”
I watched the video. At first he was determining what the subject was, then he paused to think about it for a short time, then at 1:47 in, he responded in a well thought out manner. Did you watch more than the first few seconds?
you study and make yourself aware of what is happening...via consulting people like John Bolton, Condi Rice or others...dont just twist around and reach for an answer IF you want to be in charge of our troops
Ok, that was painful to watch. Cain just doesnt have the clarity or knowledge on foreign policy. The next few years are going to be critical as far as foreign policy is concerned.
sometimes a commander in chief doesnt have time to seek a lot of advice. If that phone rings at 3 am and the alert is sounded...he better be damn ready and ready fast