That’s what happens when one pretends to be a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. I suspect Mr. Cain just wanted to sell books and stumbled into the national spotlight quite accidentally.
Herman Cain is learning the hard way what it means to face the glare of the national spotlight.
After captivating Republicans hungry for an alternative to 2012 GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, Cain has made a series of stumbles that have left some questioning whether he’s ready for the White House.
His words and actions have drawn more scrutiny since his rise in the polls catapulted him into the top tier of the race for the party’s white House nomination.
But Cain has sometimes appeared to be in over his head. Consider what’s happened over the past week:
_He suggested electrifying a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico to kill illegal immigrants trying to enter the United States. Cain later called it a joke and apologized if anyone was offended by the remarks.
_He said he would negotiate for the release of U.S. prisoners held by terrorists, then reversed himself and said he had misunderstood the question.
_He muddied the water on abortion. He told CNN that while he strongly opposes abortion, “the government shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make.” He later issued a statement reiterating his opposition to abortion.
_Amid criticism that his 9-9-9 tax overhaul would force the majority of Americans to pay more to the government, he reworked the plan to exclude the poorest people and to allow some deductions. Backers of Cain’s original plan had praised its simplicity, and carving out exceptions could erode that support.
Through it all, Cain has appeared unflappable. He chalks up the reversals to the breakneck pace of the race.
“In a couple of instances … I misspoke because of the pace of the interview. I don’t call it a flip-flop. I’d rather come back and explain to people what I really meant,” Cain said Friday after an economic speech in Detroit. “It doesn’t send mixed messages. It just shows that I’m willing to correct myself … if in fact I need to correct myself for clarity. That’s what I’m trying to achieve.”
- The 4 Most Worrisome Things Herman Cain Said This Weekend (businessinsider.com)
- Cain stumbling under glare of national spotlight (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Cain’s stumbles fuel doubts on electability (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Cain Stumbling Under Glare of National Spotlight (foxnews.com)
- Herman Cain Wins in Nevada (jlue.wordpress.com)
- At Tonight’s GOP Debate, Spotlight on Herman Cain (newser.com)
- National Spotlight Causing Cain to Stumble (maboulette.wordpress.com)