Cain Trips Over Libya Question

'I've got all this stuff twirling around inside my head,' he says

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 14, 2011 5:21 PM CST

(Newser) – Herman Cain was doing just fine today until someone asked him about Libya. In a meeting with staff of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Cain seemed to stumble: "OK, Libya," he said, searching for an answer, the New York Times Caucus Blog reports. “President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Gadhafi—just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say ‘Yes, I agree,’ or ‘No, I didn’t agree.’ ”

Finally, Cain said he differed with Obama “for the following reasons"—and added, "Nope, that’s a different one. I gotta go back and see. I’ve got all this stuff twirling around in my head." (See the video here.) In the interview, he seemed to support collective bargaining for public employees, although he had previously described himself as “right in the corner" of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose opposition to public bargaining has set off months of protests. Cain's interview comes on the heels of his remarks in GQ that most Muslims are extremists—based on what he heard from "a very prominent voice in the Muslim community."

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks during the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Spartanburg, S.C.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks during the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Spartanburg, S.C.   (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to the board of The Federation of Young Republicans Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Atlanta.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to the board of The Federation of Young Republicans Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
In this Nov. 8, 2011 fie photo, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses the media in Scottsdale, Ariz.
In this Nov. 8, 2011 fie photo, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses the media in Scottsdale, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
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