Cain Tries To Spin Away Libya Gaffe
Presidential hopeful Herman Cain is desperately trying to explain away his blanking out on answering a basic question on the Obama administration’s handling of the Libyan crisis.
The stunning gaffe, caught on film during an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has all but cemented the candidate as a know-nothing when it comes to American foreign policy.
Speaking with another Milwaukee reporter on Tuesday, Cain decried the “flyspecking” of his “every word,” reports USA Today.
The former pizza mogul said he paused “to make sure I didn’t say something wrong. …But the fact I didn’t answer immediately — I’m going to be honest with you, that is silly. That is silly!”
Speaking later at an event in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Cain said, “It’s really complimentary when people start documenting my pauses.
“You know, it’s one thing to document every word. It was a pause, that’s all it was. Good grief.”
Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon told the Associated Press that Cain’s response was due to a lack of sleep. Gordon said Cain ultimately delivered the correct answer, “it just took him a little while to get his bearings.”
He also said the video was “out of context in some measure.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor Martin Kaiser defended his newspaper’s interview with the Republican, telling CNN that his fellow journalists in the room were “stunned” at Cain’s response to the simple question.
“Trying to spin it and say it was edited or handled some other way is just not accurate,” Kaiser said.