Skip to comments.Cainís campaign on Libya gaffe: He had four hours of sleep last night and was taken out of context
Posted on 11/14/2011 8:32:53 PM PST by Bigtigermike
The video is being taken out of context, said spokesman JD Gordon. He was taking questions for about 30 to 40 minutes on four hours of sleep. He didnt say anything wrong or in accurate; it just took him a while to recall the specifics of Libya.
Gordon added, It just took him a while to gain his bearings.
The clip was posted unedited by the Journal-Sentinel so I dont know what context he thinks was missing. Is there some context that would explain why he needed the editorial board to remind him whether Obama is pro- or anti-Qaddafi? Because Im thinking pretty much every one of our readers could nail that detail even on three hours sleep.
According to Andrew Rafferty of NBC News, When I asked Cain if todays Libya gaffe builds on idea he doesnt have in depth knowledge of foreign policy, he simply said, 999. Not a joke.
I guess well be okay as long as President Cain never gets a phone call at 3 a.m. The irony of todays supergaffe is that I think itll do him much less harm among primary voters generally than the harassment charges have, even though his hair-raising vagueness on key foreign-policy details is much more certain than whether he did anything to his accusers. Only political junkies will see the Libya clip; thanks to Gloria Allred, everyones seen the Bialek presser. ABCs out with a new poll tonight, in fact, showing Cains favorable rating now stands at 29/44, a steep drop from last months rating of 31/27. Thats a poll of adults, not of voters, but dont forget that Rasmussen also found his favorables underwater at 37/51 in a poll of likely voters last week. I dont know how he turns that around
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born December 13, 1945 in Memphis, TN (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)
Luther Cain Jr., born March 16, 1925 in TN, died March 29, 1982 in Atlanta, GA
Lenora Davis, born July 27, 1925 in GA, died August 20, 2005 in Atlanta, GA
Both parents were US Citizens at the time of his birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)
Herman Cain is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN
Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama ISN'T!
Click on the cane, (Go Cain.)
sorry Drew. That was Cain's way of saying "KMA".
Cains fallback answer to just about everything: “I was taken out of context.”
Cain on Lybia:
Nein Nein Nein
Obama on Healthcare
I think he won in 2008
You’re going to end up giving us either Newt or worst case Mittens as our candidate!
Get squared away and fast or you are going to be a sorry footnote on the 2012 election.
Completely untrue. Mr. Cain was thoughtful, as usual, and there were one tiny pause so he could form his sentence best for people to understand his point. Nonstop chattering, like a broken record, has never been his style. He was not in the least uncomfortable with his answers, sleep or no sleep.
The problem with Cain is not that he would make bad decisions as POTUS. Any president will have to rely on his advisers - he couldn’t possibly keep all the details of every issue in RAM - not even Newt. I think Cain would be more than able to properly assess those opinions and options, and make decisions as well as anyone else.
The problem is, with this kind of stumbling and inability to articulate, he will not be able to defeat Obama. He is proving to be not electable.
Can you blame im with what he has had to put up with the raunchy MSM?
But the odd thing is that his campaign is saying this....
There’s no implosion. Cain can win.
What the Perry/Newtbots fail to understand is that Herman still maintains one quality their guys don’t: TRUST
Honestly, it doesn’t bother me as much when Herman screws up, because he’s smart enough to LISTEN to the TEA PARTY and CONVSERVATIVES and realize when he’s screwed up. I know when he’s in the WH, someone will actually take the time to LISTEN to US and actually ACT in a way that benefits US.
Trust is something hard to earn and easily lost. Newt lost it a long time ago. Perry lost his awhile back as well. Get over it. People do not support a candidate they don’t TRUST. I TRUST Herman Cain and will continue to do so until he gives reason to me to believe otherwise.
People make mistakes and have freeze-ups. I didn’t think Perry’s moment of forgetfulness was anything that mattered, and I don’t think this matters. It’s just one more way to shoot at Cain.
That's because the essence of the RINO/Rat attack on him is... to take him out of context.
So what if he only got 4 hours sleep in the White House.
Or will he not answer the phone at 3AM?
Ach himmel, Dumkoff!
They are now even blurring his picturew as well as his words! Stupid people do not see that Herman Cian is the Left’sworst nightmare. Anyone who goes along with the Left is nein goot American!
Yet another example of the MSM asking a GOP candidate a gotcha question about some obscure country all the way on the other side of the world.
Do they really expect all candidates to have answers ready about countries like Libya, the Central African Republic, Kirbati, Tonga, Liechtenstein and Bhutan?
Another believer in the lying MSM.
“Completely untrue. Mr. Cain was thoughtful, as usual, and there were one tiny pause so he could form his sentence best for people to understand his point. Nonstop chattering, like a broken record, has never been his style. He was not in the least uncomfortable with his answers, sleep or no sleep.”
Common sense apparently is in short supply here. Next we’ll be seeing how he needs to drop out of the race to make room for Newt!
Oh, wait, we’re already seeing this.
Hey Fib Newtons, Cain’s staying in, whether you like it or not. Deal with it.
Let people judge for themselves if it was a tiny pause, and he wasn't uncomfortable, and if he formed a clear answer after the long pause.
OK, I haven’t gotten to use this zinger yet:
To support Newt would require “a willing suspension of disbelief”
I like Michele Malkin, but let’s face it, she’s trying her best to tear down Cain anyway she can.
Yes, this was not Cain at his best. Granted. It is his weakest area and one in which he has not had the exposure that some of the other candidate have had. That is exactly why he would need someone like Newt on his team. He understands that. I wish Obama did.
He has certainly shown that in those areas where he is privy to information, he knows how to make a decision and successfully lead a team. He’s shown he’s a quick study.
Did you watch the video?
Please watch it before you criticize anyone here for believing the media.
There is NO ONE who wants a CONSERVATIVE candidate more than I do. Sarah Palin was my first choice and now we have to figure out who is going to lead our team.
I hope Cain can rebound, like I said, he is my first choice of the top three, but performances like that are not going to get it done.
So the Tea Party and Conservatives are in favor of Collective Bargaining for Public UNIONS. Cain is.
I understand the fatigue factor... I’ve been there myself. However, I wasn’t running for president. I saw the video and I believe my own eyes and ears.
Excuses, I am tired of all of the excuses.
Since apparently it was reported in Wisconsin today, and we all know that the media in wisconsin treats conservatives with tender, loving care!
>> “He didnt say anything wrong or in accurate; it just took him a while to recall the specifics of Libya.”
True, but his performance wasn’t up to American Idol standards, so I guess he sucks.
He doesn’t talk down to people. Herman Cain speaks the people’s language directly to the people. He talks like a real person, not like a robot spouting rhetoric to make them seem smarter than they really are. Rather than spouting rhetoric, Mr. Cain speaks more personally to his audience. And Herman Cain was once a rocket scientist with more than one degree! How many of the others can say that, not that Mr. Cain would.
He is not an actor. He is a very honest and real person, not a robotic politician. I have never seen him stumble.
It is very troubling that so many people on Free Republic are so blind.
you seem to assume that none of us watched the video. I watched the video. The whole thing. He did just fine. I’m really not sure why people are so worried about him.
The press certainly wasn’t in the mood to actually quote him correctly.
You’re taking it out of context.
Oh, look, Here’s Herman back in February at a Madison Tea Party Rally supporting Gov Walker’s Plan
But you had an agenda anyway, so whatever I say won’t make a hill of beans. Believe what you want to believe.
You remind me of a post I’d made back when Peery made his first big gaff during a debare. I said if he can’t think on his feet, he can’t think on his seat, so what would Perry doe with a 3AM call on the Red Phone?
I like Cain a lot. Like I said, I think he would be a reasonably good president. He comes across as the most likable, the most honorable, the most honest of all the candidates.
I just don’t think he is electable anymore.
Did you know that tejas is a republic?
Tejas needs to stop messing with U.S.
Morpheus: This is America’s last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the RINO pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the Cain pill - you stay conservative and I show you how great America is.
>> Please watch it before you criticize anyone here for believing the media.
Cain in a relaxed setting, unguarded, needing a moment to recollect; yet, he ultimately answered correctly.
The bitchin’ here about Cain is pathetic.
You’d do well to bone up on Newt Gingrich before you jump on his bandwagon.
>I just don’t think he is electable anymore.<
Don't be ridiculous. Newt could take a 3AM phone call, questions from the WH Press Corp, and give a SOTU address all on 30 minutes' sleep without once having to ask an advisor for details.
Two strong points overcome this:
He’s not Obama
and he’s not from tejas.
That’s gonna leave a mark...
The poster is :
expatriate Canadian from Calgary, Alberta, and a long term resident of Thailand.
Does it matter what he thinks about US politics?
Exactly. He is surprisingly ill-informed about basic foreign policy 101 type questions.
Hrm? I’m standing with Cain. :)
No intention of getting off.
Sure he could. Then he’d make another one of his infamously monumental bad decisions.