White House hopeful Herman Cain defended his now infamous “Milwaukee pause” while stumping in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday, and even termed a new phrase putting a positive spin on his apparent gaffe.

Earlier this week Cain stumbled in an interview at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, pausing at length when asked a question about U.S. policy in Libya.

“Unlike politicians, I don’t shoot from the lip,” Cain told Reuters at the Airport Diner, saying that as a businessman he takes in information and considers it before responding.

Cain noted that as candidates rise in the polls they need to become more discliplined in their public pronouncements.

“Like the thing in Milwaukee this week,” Cain offered. “It wasn’t a mental lapse. It was a thoughtful pause.”