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Herman Cain’s ‘oops’ moment on Libya

Chris Moody
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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has struggled throughout the campaign with foreign affairs, but even after adding new foreign policy advisers, he's still having trouble.

During a videotaped discussion with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel editorial board, Cain flubbed a straightforward question about whether he agreed with President Barack Obama's decision to devote American resources to the uprising in Libya. Cain paused for several seconds, but could not offer a clear answer.

"President Obama supported the uprising correct? President Obama called for the removal of Gaddafi? Just want to make sure we're talking about the same thing before I say yes, I agree or no, I didn't agree," Cain said. "I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reasons. Nope that's a different one. I gotta go back. I got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Specifically what are you asking me if I agree or don't agree with President Obama?"

Cain went on to criticize Obama for the way he "assessed the situation" in Libya, but said he "would have supported" the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi.

"I'm not trying to hedge on the questions. It's just that, that's my nature as a businessman," he added. "I need to know the facts as much as possible."

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