DAVID GREGORY: What about foreign policy advisers? Who has shaped your view on the U.S. in the world and foreign policy?Questions: Was Herman Cain alive in the past decade? Did he not accidentally venture into the same room as television turned to any news station? Did he not stumble across the many newspapers that constantly rehashed the foreign policy debate during the height of the Iraq War? How is it possible that a man seeking the highest office in the land could be so oblivious to the most important foreign policy discussion in not just the United States, but within his own party?
HERMAN CAIN: I’ve looked at the writings of people like Ambassador John Bolton. I’ve looked at the writings of Dr. Henry Kissinger, “KT” McFarland, someone who I respect.
GREGORY: Would you describe yourself as a neoconservative then?
CAIN: I’m not sure what you mean by neoconservative. I’m a conservative, yes. Neoconservative, labels sometimes put you in a box. I’m very conservative.
GREGORY: But you’re familiar with the neoconservative movement?
CAIN: I’m not familiar with the neoconservative movement. I’m familiar with the conservative movement and let me define what I mean by the conservative movement. Less government. Less taxes. More individual responsibility.
The answers to all of these questions are that Herman Cain doesn't care about public policy, especially foreign policy with all of those long, complicated names of countries. When Sarah Palin whiffed the Bush doctrine question, it was much more forgivable.
I will gladly take Herman Cain over Rick Perry's Mormon baiting. But good grief. Give me 2008 back again where the Republicans had more than one option.
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