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

(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."

Herman Cain samples Cuban pastry while campaigning at the Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana yesterday.
Herman Cain samples Cuban pastry while campaigning at the Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana yesterday.   (AP Photo/ Lynne Sladky)
Herman Cain greets supporters while campaigning at the Versailles Restaurant in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.
Herman Cain greets supporters while campaigning at the Versailles Restaurant in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.   (AP Photo/ Lynne Sladky)
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