During Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate, Herman Cain dubbed former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, "Princess Nancy" when criticizing her for not bringing up Rep. Tom Price's (R-Ga.) HR 3000 health care legislation.
When asked what he would do if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, Cain said:
Legislation has already been written -- HR 3000. In the previous Congress, it was HR 3400. What that does is -- it has already been written. We didn't hear about it in the previous Congress because Princess Nancy sent to it committee and it stayed there. It never came out. HR 3000 allows the decisions to be with the doctors and patients, not with the bureaucrat in Washington, D.C. The audience laughed at Cain's remark.
Perhaps taking into account current speculation about his treatment of women, later in the evening Cain acknowledged that referring to Pelosi as "princess" might not have been prudent.
Huffington Post adds:
Cain said that his criticism of Pelosi was based on her support for President Barack Obama's health care reform, and her ability to corral the votes supporting it in the House. Cain insisted that health care reform has been a disaster for American businesses. But referring to a prominent woman politician as a "princess" drew immediate criticism, particularly in light of the recent sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations raised against Cain.
"That was a statement that I probably should not have made," Cain said.
The "princess" comment drew laughs from the audience nonetheless.