In a meeting with reporters and editors at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday, Herman Cain gave one doozy of an answer to a question about whether he agreed or disagreed with President Barack Obama’s approach to handling Libya.
Here’s the answer, in its full form, including one point (in bold) in which Cain decides to start his answer over because he’s on the wrong track:
“OK, Libya. President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Qadhafi. Just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, ‘yes I agree,’ or ‘no I didn’t agree.’ I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason – nope, that’s a different one. I gotta go back to, see … Got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Specifically, what are you asking me, did I agree or not disagree with Obama on?”
After the questioner rephrased the question, Cain said: “Here’s what I would have – I would have done a better job of determining who the opposition is and I’m sure that our intelligence people have some of that information. Based upon who made up that opposition, OK, based upon who made up that opposition, might have caused me to make some different decisions about how we participated.
“Secondly, no, I did not agree with Qadhafi killing his citizens. Absolutely not. So something would have had to been – I would have supported many of the things they did in order to help stop that. It’s not a simple yes-no, because there are different pieces and I would have gone about assessing the situation differently, which might have caused us to end up in the same place. But where I think more could have been done was, what’s the nature of the opposition?”
The Journal Sentinel videotaped the meeting, so you can see Cain’s answer – such as it is – for yourself, here.
He also said, in the heart of Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, that he supports collective bargaining for public employees, and mistakenly said federal workers already have the right to bargain collectively.