Addressing Herman Cain's recent hiccup answering a question about his position on Libya, Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said he thinks Cain is in over his head where foreign policy is concerned.
During a campaign speech, Cain explained the flub away, saying he only paused “to gather his thoughts.” He added, “Remember if you’ve been asked 7 or 8 different questions on 7 or 8 different topics and then all of the sudden somebody switches to Libya, and they are not clear with the question, before I shoot from the lip, I gather my thoughts.”
Krauthammer, however, did not think having to juggle multiple questions was a sufficient enough reason, saying, “To say ‘I was thrown 8 questions on different topics’ is not a great defense if you are running for the presidency.” He went on to say, “I think he’s over his head, he’s winging it, particularly on foreign affairs.”
To refresh, after Cain was asked a question about Libya, he paused for what seemed a substantial length of time, and then answered with the following:
“Libya. President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Qadhafi. Just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, yes I agree, I know I didn’t agree. I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason — no, that’s a different one. I gotta go back to … Got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Specifically, what are you asking me, did I agree or not disagree with on what? … 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 — 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 Qadhafi killing his citizens. Absolutely not. So something would have had to be — 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?"
Do you think Cain is in over his head when it comes to foreign policy or did he just suffer a hiccup, like all people do from time to time, in articulating his views?