GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain seems to constantly find himself wandering into foreign policy gaffes, all the while insisting he’s been studying the issues at hand for months. But in the latest iteration of this meme — a friendly if critical in a here’s-some-advice report on conservative Daily Caller website — Cain’s associates again demonstrated his unpreparedness to seek a position as a statesman and commander-in-chief of the U.S.’s armed forces.
The Daily Caller notes that “Cain’s lack of experience was most recently on display last week” when he was asked by CNN’s Wold Blitzer, just after Israel made a prisoner swap deal with the Hamas militant group, if he would consider a deal to release all the terrorists and suspects at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for the freedom of one American soldier. Cain said, “I could see myself authorizing that kind of transfer.” Just hours later, in a Republican presidential debate, Cain’s comment came to the fore and became a hot topic of conversation. Cain then disavowed his original answer, saying that he “misspoke,” saying that he perhaps misunderstood the (very clear) question.
Now, the Daily Caller has a “source close to Cain” making excuses for the presidential hopeful’s gaffe:
One source close to Cain told TheDC that Cain’s answer to Blitzer was the result of lack of sleep and doing too many media appearances.
You can almost already hear a rival Republican camp cutting a television ad wondering if Herman Cain is ready to take a 3 a.m. phone call on a serious national security or foreign policy issue. And one shouldn’t expect President Cain to do too many press availabilities either, since “media appearances” can apparently lead Cain to say things he doesn’t mean or comprehend.