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
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)

(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."

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Nov 15, 2011 4:02 PM CST
Amazing. So this means one of two things. Either he's completely unaware of current events, or he has to follow the republicon talking points he was given and forgot them. Either one is unacceptable and honestly, it's probably both. Jesus Christ this is the MOST pathetic republican field I've ever seen.
orest goyan
Nov 15, 2011 3:28 PM CST
Tripping over a question, is a lot better than lying over a question; as obama does !
Nov 15, 2011 6:30 AM CST
Cain, you nimrod!!! I wanted you to be the Republican nominee!! That would have been so much fun, so hilarious.... the guy who is so amazingly competent vs the incompetent guy who according to his wife Gloria, has a split personality. You are ruining everything by being too stupid, too soon. Timing.... it's all about timing.