Former pizza executive Herman Cain’s presidential campaign has been buffeted by a series of embarrassing foreign policy gaffes, from saying he would negotiate with terrorists to not knowing about the Palestinian right of return. He’s demonstrated such a lack of depth of knowledge in the area that fellow GOP candidate Newt Gingrich has suggested Cain is “not ready for primetime,” and veteran Republican strategist Karl Rove said Cain may not be “up to the task” of being commander in chief.
But appearing on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show last night, Cain said he has now studied up and is ready to go toe-to-toe with the press on matters of national security:
CAIN: Do you think I’m dumb enough not to study up on those issues? I’ve been studying up on these issues for months. I can now explain right of return to any reporter better than they understand right of return. Because, you know, you get caught off guard, you go to school and you learn. So I challenge them to try to explain it to me. Secondly, I have been consulting with former ambassadors, former national security advisers, I’ve been consulting with a number of experts to get up to speed on some of the situations we have around the world. So I challenge anybody who says I wouldn’t know how to address foreign policy.
Among the things Cain is doing to study up on national security is read a “one-page briefing from his chief foreign policy adviser on news from around the world” every day, the Daily Caller reports, But, of course, it’s not the hypothetical reporter who is running for president, so perhaps Cain should take up his own challenge and explain the Palestinian right of return, since he flubbed it last time.