Skip to comments.Herman Cain: 'I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy'
Posted on 11/16/2011 8:34:37 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Herman Cain: 'I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy'
By: Maggie Haberman November 16, 2011 10:06 AM EST
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, whose editorial board interview with Herman Cain produced one of the most memorable videos of 2012, spent a day on his campaign bus with some nice highlights.
He defended his view that presidents and presidential candidates don't need to be immersed in the fine print of world affairs - they simply need to be leaders who can surround themselves with the right people and sift through their advice.
"I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy. Just thought I'd throw that out," he said, a dig at his critics.
"I want to talk to commanders on the ground. Because you run for president (people say) you need to have the answer. No, you don't! No, you don't! That's not good decision-making," said Cain.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
1) Set very big goals w/ tight deadlines
2) Delegate like crazy
3) Don't let any experts in the room
Newt will be done soon. His pro-mandate stance will kill him once people remember it, and you can be sure the newt opposition will make sure everybody remembers it.
But don’t fret, we can always circle around again through the candidates. Or we could give Santorum a whirl. Assuming anybody can forgive him for supporting Spector over Toomey.
And hey, with Toomey pushing tax increases, maybe the Spector thing can be forgotten.
You’re not allowed to use the R word here, unless it’s purely derogatory.
Sorry, but Cain isn’t ready for prime time, not even close. What Pluses does he have? Seriously, think about it. He’s never won an election to anything in spite of trying, yes he’s had success in business but NO ONE EVER has gotten to the oval office without military and/or prior political service.
The republican candidate isn’t going to get a Pass like the press gave Fauxbama in 08, they aren’t going to cover up their goofs or toss them softballs. If the guy can’t handle what were relatively easy questions, which he clearly couldn’t, he has ZERO chance of winning a general election.
“Tea Party” folks need to stop trying to project Reaganesque qualities on folks who just aren’t there. Cain’s a nice enough fellow, and who knows someday he may have a bright future in politics, but if this guy winds up the nominee, the chances of Republicans winning the White House in 2012 are over before the confetti hits the floor at the RNC Convention.
We cannot send a neophite up, Democrats can. The press will carry water for them, that won’t be the case for a republican, and frankly after the disaster the current neophite has created the last thing the world needs is another one in the White House, even if he does have an R beside his name.
Like it or not, the Republican Primary short of something earth shattering to occur is boiling down to Romney V Newt at this point... Ideal choice? Nope, but there isn’t a Reagan out there folks, not even close and the “tea party” bloc’s continuing to project those qualities onto what are clearly not ready for prime time players is not helping anything. The 2012 class is a rather sad lot, but what is sadder is that folks are hitching their wagons to folks like Bachmann and Perry and yes even Cain, who do not stand one ounce of winning a general election.
Believe me I’d love to see a Reaganesque candidate, but there just isn’t one, and likely won’t be another one in my lifetime. Great Presidents are few and far between, and NONE of them came out of nowhere.
I would agree if the press had asked Cain, hey, who’s the prime minister of myramar.. that’s a nonsense question, but to not be able to answer “Do you agree with Obama’s actions in Libya?” without looking like a deer in the headlights? Come on... remember how the left flailed GWB as he processed what was going on on 9/11 after the fact? Farenheight 911 etc? Remember?? You think they won’t evicerate the republican candidate if we send up a second or worse a third teir schlub like Obama?
If the Tea Party Bloc wishes to really influence this election they need to stop trying to make second and third teir candidates into paragons by trying to project on them qualities that just aren’t there, and find a candidate who is competent, articulate, can show they can handle the press, and the process, think of their feet, understand the media, and at the very least the basics of Politics.
Under those criteria you have really 2 choices left, Romney and Newt... some might argue Santorum, but I think he fails a few of those tests. That’s it, no one else in this lot has a chance. 2012 should be a cake walk for the republican candidate as long as they are competent and capable. Cain, Perry, Bacmann etc, these guys as the nominee are the sure fired way to steal defeat from the jaws of victory IMHO.
He had a talk show, and was conservative on that show. Although I don’t see a lot of quotes from the talk show, I presume some people have gone through the tapes and are convinced.
He also has written articles that appear in WND, and they seem conservative.
He ran for office in 2004, and his platform was a conservative platform.
Thanks. I didn’t mind your link btw, I hadn’t seen the entire interview, and now I’ve got it in my favorites to watch when I have a chance.
“Isn’t it evident to everyone that the left is trying to destroy Cain??”
Herman is doing it all on his own.
Because he LIVES conservative values. He has written and argued political issues from the conservative standpoint for the past decade years - in writings and 5 days a week, 2 hours a night on his radio show. He wasn’t doing this because he was running for president. There was no “future political gain” in any that.
He started speaking at tea parties in 2009. He wasn’t running for office then. He spent 2010 stumping for conservative candidates. He wasn’t running for office then, either.
Do you believe Mark Levin is a conservative?
Fact is - all we have are words and promises - that is true of all the candidates, not just Cain. Romney and Gingrich talk a big gain, but they didn’t walk the talk, did they?
Heck, half the time when CAIN says something stupid, they crucify Perry.
Thanks. I figured that might be the case.
and, your boy obama satisfies all these requirements?
From the Kissinger article: “The meeting, which lasted over an hour, covered a variety of topics, Block says. China, the Middle East, LIBYA, Iraq, and Afghanistan, among other hot spots, featured in the conversation.”
Was this before or after the Libya question? If it was after, no problem. But if it was before, he should at least have formed an opinion about Libya by then.
Yes! Levin is a conservative radio talkshow host. I wouldn't vote for Levin if he ran for potus. Same goes for Rush, Hannity and Herman Cain! When it comes to politics its easy to say one thing and do something else once you get elected. I want to see candidates in action. As a political neophyte, Cain lacks the governing or legislative gravitas to be potus. Being a good talker only gets you so far.
Wake up already! Cain never expected to get this high in the polls. And I never expected some conservatives to be drooling over his candidacy like they are.
At the rate this GOP primary season is going, its looking like a repeat of 2008. Republicans won't beat Obama with the candidates we have today.
Good answers, both of you.
I do support him.
If he wins the nomination I will STRONGLY support him.
My Boy Obmam???
Did you even READ what was written?
I explicitely stated, the republican candidate will NOT get the pass that Obama did in 08, the press will not carry water for him.. they will be destroyed. The Republican Party cannot put someone as pathetically inept as Romper Room, if they do the race is over before the convention is done.
As to the requirements of previous government or military service, yes indeed. Why pathetically light, Obama did indeed have prior government experience.
No person in the history of the United States has EVER been elected president with NO prior government or military exerperience.. EVER.
He did have an opinion. Did you watch the interview Java4Jay posted?
I suspect Cain said, “I’m not supposed to know everything about foreign policy. This is a HUGE difference; this story has already gone viral.
You’ve made this point several times on this thread.
On what do you base your suspicion?
I suspect your suspicion might be based on the notion that had he said what’s been reported, you would have to disagree. But since he’s your guy you don’t want to disagree with him. Solution: change his words.