Herman Cain answers questions from the press in what turns out to be a fun interview. I love these off the cuff Q&As because you get to hear things from the candidate that you wouldn’t get in a speech – namely how he felt about Donald Trump as a contender for the GOP nomination:
I was never threatened or concerned about Donald Trump in the first place, to be perfectly honest, because bullying, being a bully is not a leadership strategy, not if you want to lead the United States of America.
Cain also talks about how he would handle the debt ceiling and criticizes Republicans for trying to negotiate an increase. He says they should just say there’s not going to be an increase and handle it that way. I completely agree because they’ve already given leverage away (AGAIN!) by telegraphing that they are willing to raise it. I’m not sure if that’s where Cain would ultimately go with it but I think that’s the point.
(via O.Kay Henderson)
Also worth noting is Herman Cain’s press release standing by his answer to the question of how he would handle Afghanistan in the Fox News debate a couple of weeks ago:
When asked about what I would do about our involvement in the war in Afghanistan during the debate, I answered by asking the questions that should have been asked before we got involved many years ago. What is our mission? How does it serve our interest? Is there a path to victory? If not, then what is our exit strategy?
I ask these questions instead of “shooting from the lip” because there is obviously a lot of classified information to which I do not have access. There are dozens of experts and military leaders I would need advice from before I could make an informed decision about a real clear plan for the USA’s involvement in Afghanistan. Similarly, a real clear strategy for every country with which we have relationships would be developed, regardless of whether or not we are involved in a military conflict.
To be clear, I want to be out of Afghanistan and all war-torn countries as much as the next person. But I am not going to propose a half-baked plan based on half the information I would need to make the right decision, just to pretend I know everything.
On the other hand, I do know enough about our solid relationship with Israel from decades of observations that I would make it even stronger, which isn’t just about dollars. And, I would not be hesitant to let the rest of the world know that we will stand by and with our friends.
There’s more in his press release on this issue so click over to read it.