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Cain camp blames lack of sleep for confusing remarks again


Herman Cain didn't have a solid answer when he was asked whether he supported the way President Obama handled the conflict in Libya. “President Obama supported the uprising, correct?” he told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday. “President Obama called for the removal of Gadhafi — just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say ‘Yes, I agree,’ or ‘No, I didn’t agree.’"

His campaign blames it on sleep deprivation, according to the New York Times:

J. D. Gordon, Mr. Cain’s spokesman and national security adviser, said the candidate had not been at his sharpest in Milwaukee because of a lack of sleep amid a long day of traveling.

“We were all going on four hours sleep, so he was tired,” Mr. Gordon said in a telephone interview. “When he got the Libya question, it took him a while to get his bearings on it, but he got the answer right.”

This is the same excuse, right down to the number of hours, Cain's campaign used the last time he was pressed on a foreign policy issue. From the Daily Beast in October:

Cain told Wolf Blitzer after the recent Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange that he’d consider trading hundreds of Gitmo detainees for one U.S. soldier, but later walked it back. That was a mistake Cain would not have made “if he’d been rested,” Gordon says. “Mr. Cain was only going on about four hours’ sleep. He did correct it right away—he would not negotiate with terrorists.”

Cain isn't the only one. Also in October, in an effort to boost Rick Perry's debate performances, his team recommended he get more sleep, too.

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