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Herman Cain Stumbles on Question About Libya
The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/14/11 | Daniel Halper

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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1 posted on 11/14/2011 4:49:08 PM PST by katiedidit1
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To: katiedidit1

Doesn’t change my vote.

Cain 2012


2 posted on 11/14/2011 4:50:45 PM PST by greatvikingone
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To: katiedidit1

The Cain-Bash on FR continues.


3 posted on 11/14/2011 4:50:51 PM PST by petercooper (2012 - Purge more RINO's.)
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To: katiedidit1

Perry looks like a genius next to Cain...horrendous blunder on Libya!


4 posted on 11/14/2011 4:51:58 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

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?


5 posted on 11/14/2011 4:52:12 PM PST by skeeter
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To: katiedidit1

I thought Cain’s answers were perfectly fine. He seemed tired and stressed out, and obviously had a brainfreeze initially on the Libya question—but he recollected himself perfectly fine and gave a solid reply. That’s what counts.

Presidents are only human, not superheros. They’re subject to the same human limitations as the rest of us.


6 posted on 11/14/2011 4:52:28 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State)
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To: katiedidit1

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.


7 posted on 11/14/2011 4:54:18 PM PST by TN4Bush
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To: katiedidit1

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...
Freegards,
Lex


8 posted on 11/14/2011 4:54:39 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: petercooper

Did you watch the video? it is horrendous. It happened, it is a fact and Cain messed up.


9 posted on 11/14/2011 4:54:52 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

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.


10 posted on 11/14/2011 4:57:23 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (I won't vote for Romney. I won't vote for Perry.)
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To: katiedidit1

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.


11 posted on 11/14/2011 4:57:48 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: katiedidit1

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.


12 posted on 11/14/2011 4:58:44 PM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: katiedidit1
BFD.

I don't see Cain as a guy who feels he has to make a decision without advice, or in the next ten minutes.

ML/NJ

13 posted on 11/14/2011 4:58:52 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: katiedidit1

Between this and the Saturday night debate, it has not been a good week for Cain.


14 posted on 11/14/2011 4:59:30 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: katiedidit1

Peter principle becomes evident.


15 posted on 11/14/2011 4:59:37 PM PST by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: katiedidit1

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.


16 posted on 11/14/2011 4:59:43 PM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: TN4Bush
So a person is not allowed to clarify a question that is ambiguous before answering?

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.

17 posted on 11/14/2011 5:00:25 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (I won't vote for Romney. I won't vote for Perry.)
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To: petercooper
Really,the Romney patsies and their liberal buddies keep saying that Cain isn't a serious candidate and are doing everything in their power to prove it.
This is about the seventh time the Cain/Libyan thing has been posted today in one form or another.
The Cain hate is so thick on FR you need a cattle catcher to push through it.
Thankfully,we still like him here in South Carolina and WE pick the GOP nominees--if only because he is the one with the most class,style and panache aka a sure winner.
18 posted on 11/14/2011 5:00:37 PM PST by Happy Rain ( "Many of the most useful idiots of the Left are on the Right.")
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To: katiedidit1

19 posted on 11/14/2011 5:00:58 PM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: katiedidit1

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!!!!!


20 posted on 11/14/2011 5:01:11 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

LOL that would work


21 posted on 11/14/2011 5:01:31 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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22 posted on 11/14/2011 5:01:44 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: katiedidit1

Truly awful. It doesn’t have to change anyone’s mind, but simply admitting it would at least be honest.


23 posted on 11/14/2011 5:02:03 PM PST by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: SuziQ

Good point. I believe Obama’s position was:

Do nothing, congratulate winner, take partial credit.


24 posted on 11/14/2011 5:02:18 PM PST by TitansAFC (Stop the caINSANITY, The Pizza guy is less qualified than Obama!!! No New taxes!!)
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To: katiedidit1
This is what happens when you have a candidate who doesn't know the questions in advance and who doesn't reply in 30 second soundbytes. Cain's response was fine. He wasn't privy to the situation, didn't have all the information, so he doesn't want to be caught out on a limb saying he agrees or disagrees with how Obama handled Libya.

Here's the thing: Do you trust Cain over Romney or Obama to handle situations like Libya if he's the commander in chief?

I do.
25 posted on 11/14/2011 5:02:39 PM PST by Antoninus (Take the pledge: I will not vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances. EVER.)
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To: katiedidit1
Very PAINFUL TO WATCH. Cain does not have a CLUE of what this job entails, we already have the 1st On the Job trainee, I am not ready for another try.

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.

26 posted on 11/14/2011 5:02:47 PM PST by annieokie
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To: katiedidit1

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)


27 posted on 11/14/2011 5:04:16 PM PST by dennisw (I heard the old man laughing. What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having-- Sting)
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To: katiedidit1
Perry looks like a genius next to Cain...horrendous blunder on Libya!

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.

28 posted on 11/14/2011 5:04:41 PM PST by Meet the New Boss
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To: ex-snook

BINGO.


29 posted on 11/14/2011 5:05:33 PM PST by annieokie
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To: ClearCase_guy
The media seems desperate.

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.

30 posted on 11/14/2011 5:06:12 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: katiedidit1

ABO. He’s still light years better than jug ears.


31 posted on 11/14/2011 5:06:20 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: katiedidit1

James Carville on CNN:
“Cain’s Lybia gaffe made Rick Perry look like Henry Kissinger.”


32 posted on 11/14/2011 5:06:24 PM PST by independent in tx
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To: napscoordinator
Well that does it. I won't be voting for Cain tomorrow.

What?

On, nevermind...

33 posted on 11/14/2011 5:06:24 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Thunder90

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.


34 posted on 11/14/2011 5:06:31 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

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.


35 posted on 11/14/2011 5:06:43 PM PST by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: Utmost Certainty

“I thought Cain’s answers were perfectly fine. He seemed tired and stressed out, and obviously had a brainfreeze initially on the Libya question—but he recollected himself perfectly fine and gave a solid reply. That’s 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.


36 posted on 11/14/2011 5:08:55 PM PST by mjaneangels@aolcom
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To: napscoordinator

You do know that the EPA donated to Cains senatorial campaign in Georgia? in 2003 the EPA gave Cain 400 dollars.


37 posted on 11/14/2011 5:08:55 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

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.


38 posted on 11/14/2011 5:09:27 PM PST by Marcella (Newt will smash Obama in debates. Newt needs money.)
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To: petercooper

posting a video of our potential commander in chief (in his own words) is bashing?


39 posted on 11/14/2011 5:10:00 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Longbow1969
on policy he knows practically nothing

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.

40 posted on 11/14/2011 5:10:17 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (I won't vote for Romney. I won't vote for Perry.)
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To: katiedidit1
$400. Wow, I hope he didn't spend it all in one place.

Pathetic.

41 posted on 11/14/2011 5:10:26 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: gov_bean_ counter

The Newbots and Perrybots have decided to tag-team Herman since they smell blood. Personally, I think it’s there blood they smell.


42 posted on 11/14/2011 5:11:05 PM PST by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: Longbow1969
Malkin dumped Hot Air and no longer has anything to do with the Romney attack dog.
43 posted on 11/14/2011 5:11:19 PM PST by Happy Rain ( "Many of the most useful idiots of the Left are on the Right.")
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To: katiedidit1

“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?


44 posted on 11/14/2011 5:11:37 PM PST by mjaneangels@aolcom
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To: skeeter

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


45 posted on 11/14/2011 5:11:54 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: parksstp
Newt will soon get his. And the single digit idgit still is, a single digit idgit.
46 posted on 11/14/2011 5:12:35 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: katiedidit1

Ok, that was painful to watch. Cain just doesn’t have the clarity or knowledge on foreign policy. The next few years are going to be critical as far as foreign policy is concerned.


47 posted on 11/14/2011 5:12:50 PM PST by CynicalBear
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To: ClearCase_guy
Very smart and mature—so what are you doing on this Cain hate-fest?
48 posted on 11/14/2011 5:13:21 PM PST by Happy Rain ( "Many of the most useful idiots of the Left are on the Right.")
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To: ml/nj

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


49 posted on 11/14/2011 5:13:30 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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