This really cracks me up more than anything. Cain was asked today about a memo that suggested that his staffers were all told to not speak to Cain unless they are spoken to when riding in a car with him. This is what was reported by Politico:
And then there was that e-mail to the staff about traveling in a car with Mr. Cain: “Do not speak to him unless you are spoken to,” the memo said.
Cain was asked if he supported the ‘memo’, but he replied that “it is simply not true”. When the reporter followed up noting that his campaign had suggested that there were problems with people being too talkative while he was preparing, he responded:
Now that’s two different questions. If I’m trying to prepare for a speech, I do tell people to “shut up!”. Yeah! But see you didn’t say that the first time. You made it sound as if I was on the way to Dairy Queen and I’m going to tell everybody to shut up. No!
So, if I’m preparing for a speech or I’m preparing for a debate, they know [to] be quiet because I’m trying to get my thoughts together. …
Here’s the clip, as it is much funnier heard than read: