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Herman Cain: If Bachmann were an ice cream, she’d be ‘tutti-frutti’

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When Sarah Palin dissed Herman Cain as the "flavor of the week" in September, the Republican presidential candidate pushed back on her assessment.

"I got some substance here. Okay? I'm Häagen-Dazs Black Walnut. It lasts longer than a week," Cain told Tonight Show host Jay Leno, apparently unaware the flavor was a limited edition.

But if his GOP rivals were an ice cream, what would they be? That's the question GQ posed to Cain during a recent pizza party the magazine held with the GOP contender:

Devin Gordon: Let me ask you about your rivals. Recently, in response to a question about you being the new "flavor of the month," you said you weren't a flavor of the month, you were Häagen-Dazs black walnut, which "tastes good all the time." If Mitt Romney was an ice cream flavor, what flavor would he be?

Herman Cain: Oh, just plain vanilla. [laughs] Are you guys really going to print this? I have learned that with my new status in the polls, any- and every thing that I say will show up somewhere. Do you guys really want to do this ice cream analogy?

Devin Gordon: We do. Rick Perry?

Herman Cain: Rick Perry: rocky road.

Devin Gordon: Michele Bachmann?

Herman Cain: Michele Bachmann ... I'm not going to say it. I'm not going to say it.

Devin Gordon: Oh, come on!

Herman Cain: Tutti-frutti. I know I'm going to get in trouble!

Chris Heath: Ron Paul…

Herman Cain: I just don't have a good description for Ron Paul, because he's just not an ice cream flavor.

The interview was conducted before Cain came under fire for allegations he sexually harassed four women while he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Asked which candidate he would be most scared to see elected president, Cain told GQ he would be scared to see Paul or Perry win the White House—citing Paul's "extreme statements" and Perry's shoddy debate performances.

"Rick Perry has been a good governor. But what would concern me about him as president, you don't only have to be commander and chief, you have to be communicator in chief," Cain said. "And I think at this point in history, where we are as a nation, you've got to bring more to the table than just what you did in one state."

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