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The good news for Herman Cain, we suppose, is this may at least temporarily change the conversation from the sexual harassment allegations that have been made against him.
During a sit-down interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday, the embattled GOP candidate appeared more than a little confused when he was asked whether he agreed with President Obama’s approach to handling the uprising in Libya that ultimately toppled long-time dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
"OK, Libya," Cain began, before pausing for a ten-second eternity. He then asked the reporters for confirmation that Obama supported the rebels and called for Qaddafi’s ouster. "I just wanted to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, 'Yes, I agreed' or 'No, I didn’t agree,'" Cain said.
He then suffered another false start. "I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason – no, that’s a different one," Cain said, before another lengthy pause. "I gotta go back and see. I got all this stuff twirling around in my head."
And then he launched into his answer:
"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 Qaddafi 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?"
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