Cain Asks for Help Speaking 'Cuban'
Big mistake in little Havana
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2011 2:43 AM CST
Updated Nov 17, 2011 7:24 AM CST
Herman Cain samples Cuban pastry while campaigning at the Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana yesterday.   (AP Photo/ Lynne Sladky)

(Newser) – Foreign policy is widely seen as Herman Cain's weak spot, and the candidate didn't do himself any favors in Miami yesterday. After biting into a croqueta at a campaign stop in Little Havana, Cain asked: "How do you say 'delicious' in Cuban?" He did not appear to be joking, Raw Story notes. "Delicioso," a man told Cain. That's the Spanish word, which is the language Cubans speak.

Unlike most candidates who visit Little Havana, Cain didn't denounce the Castro regime or even mention foreign policy, Reuters reports. "I'm often criticized about the fact that I don't know this and I don't know that, and I don't know that and I don't know this," he told the crowd. "A leader doesn't have to know everything."

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Nov 17, 2011 10:06 AM CST
What's the Black Walnut word for stupid?
Nov 17, 2011 9:44 AM CST
You know, I don't like this guy. But I also don't like that our society seems to be on a perpetual manhunt. So he misspoke. Obama misspeaks too. These people have their every word scrutinized daily. The fact they occasionally make mistakes like calling Spanish "Cuban", calling Hawaii "Asia" or forgetting the third department they wanted to cut does not mean they would be crappy Presidents. To determine that, you have to look at the substance of their argument. This isn't newsworthy.
Nov 17, 2011 9:37 AM CST
Alright, now. Cubans do have their own very unique dialect of Spanish, completely unlike any other. At least he didn't demand that they speak English, like so many conservatives do.