Herman Cain Flubs Mideast Policy on Fox
2012 GOP can't answer question on Palestinian 'right of return'
By Sarah Whitmire, Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2011 4:08 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Herman Cain, the GOP candidate for the 2012 presidential nomination and ex-CEO of Godfather's Pizza, showed a depressing knowledge gap yesterday when Chris Wallace asked him about the Palestinian "right of return" on Fox News Sunday. He "stumbled hard," reports Fox News, and twice haltingly called it "something ... that should be negotiated." A few reactions:

  • Though he did share some accurate points on the Middle East, Ross Kaminsky writes for The American Spectator, the gaffe "shows an extremely superficial connection with a huge foreign policy issue."
  • Even harsher, Jay Bookman for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Cain has forfeited "any claim as a legitimate candidate. ... As with the Afghanistan issue, it reflects not merely a lack of knowledge, but even worse, a basic lack of interest and respect for the high office that he seeks."
  • Nonsense, writes Jim Geraghty over at Campaign Spot. "The idea that he’s committed some sort of epic gaffe ... strikes me as pretty weak tea." He continues: "Most Americans don’t pay much attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," and Republicans heavily favor the Israelis anyway, so even though the left is tearing into Cain, it's likely the 'gaffe' "will not cost Cain a single vote."
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May 25, 2011 8:19 AM CDT
Ignorance will lose him votes? This is new!
May 24, 2011 3:12 PM CDT
Rookies, I love it when these Business Execs try and play politican and diplomate, Cain goes the same way as Trump, once they get some skinny on his career business dealings and un-ethics
May 24, 2011 12:59 PM CDT
Let's not forget that Herman Cain is the guy that fills in for Rush Limbaugh when he's away. I've heard the man on the radio and if you didn't know he was filling in for Rush you'd think you were listening to Rush. This man is as frightening and ignorant as the far right could hope for.