Political Theater

Herman Cain thinks the Taliban are involved in Libya’s new government

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On Friday Herman Cain, explaining his stumble on a question about Libya in a recent interview, suggested the Taliban of Afghanistan and Pakistan are “going to be part of the government” in Libya.

“The question was too broad,” he told journalists at a stop in Florida. “And so I paused. And what they didn’t show was, I asked the reporter to be more specific. Well, he didn’t get more specific. His question was — and I hope you all show this or write about it — ‘Do you agree or disagree with President Obama on Libya?’ But what part?”

“Do I agree with siding with the opposition? Do I agree with saying that Gaddafi should go? Do I agree that they now have a country where you’ve got Taliban and Al Qaeda that’s going to be part of the government? Do I agree with not knowing the government was going to — which part was he asking me about? I was trying to get him to be specific and he wouldn’t be specific.”

Here’s the video, via CNN:

Cain and his supporters joke about Anita Hill

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Herman Cain was filmed joking about Anita Hill on Thursday, less than a day after he controversially referred to Rep. Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy” and following a week he spent embroiled in numerous allegations of sexual harassment.

At a campaign event in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a man asked Cain a question, only partially audible on the tape, referring to Anita Hill, the woman who famously accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his Senate confirmation hearing in 1991. Cain, encircled by supporters, doubled over in laughter, before quipping, “Is she going to endorse me?”

Perry forgets his third point at debate

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Rick Perry made everyone watching the GOP debate tonight wince a little when he told the audience he would eliminate three government agencies — but could only remember what two of them were. Here’s the clip:


In gaffe, Cain implies China does not have nuclear weapons

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Herman Cain made another “misstatement” on PBS NewsHour last night, telling Judy Woodruff that China, which tested its first nuclear bomb in 1964, is “a military threat” because “they’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability.”

Here’s the full segment, with China comments at 10:48: YouTube Preview Image

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