10 Things Herman Cain doesn't want you to know.

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    Oct 07, 2011 6:06 PM GMT


    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/10/06/334170/herman-cain-top-10/
    (1) PLEDGED THAT HE “WILL NOT” APPOINT MUSLIMS IN HIS ADMINISTRATION: In an interview with ThinkProgress earlier this year, Herman Cain declared that he “will not” appoint a Muslim in his administration if he were elected president. In the months that followed, Cain qualified his position a number of times – at one point even telling Glenn Beck that he would appoint Muslims but only on the condition that they take a special loyalty oath – before finally recanting this unconstitutional stance and issuing an apology to Muslim-Americans. Unfortunately, since that time Cain has continued to peddle the ridiculous notion that Sharia law is a threat to the American legal system.


    (2) TOLD THINKPROGRESS, “I DON’T THINK THE CURRENT MINIMUM WAGE IS NECESSARY”: During his time as the top lobbyist for the restaurant and fast food industry, Cain fought against an increase in the minimum wage. During a recent ThinkProgress interview, Cain went further, saying “I don’t think the current minimum wage is necessary.” As Greg Sargent noted, not even conservative icon Barry Goldwater supported eliminating the minimum wage.


    (3) CONFUSED BY BASIC CONCEPT OF ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS: In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Cain was asked his opinion on the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Cain was clearly confused by the question, responding, “The right of return? [pause] The right of return?” When host Chris Wallace explained the issue to him, Cain suggested that Israel wouldn’t have a problem “with people returning,” a prospect Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu fiercely opposes. The incident was not the first time Cain displayed lack of familiarity with international affairs. Previously, Cain said he doesn’t know enough to say what he thinks about the war in Afghanistan.


    (4) IMMIGRATION PLAN INVOLVES A “GREAT WALL OF CHINA” AND A “MOAT [WITH] ALLIGATORS”: In a speech to Iowa Republicans, Cain called for building a fence along the entire U.S.–Mexico border, comparing the effort to the Great Wall of China. Building a fence along the nearly 2,000-mile border not only wouldn’t work, it would cost the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars in the process. Cain also suggested building a moat next to the fence and filling it with alligators.


    (5) BELIEVES “WE ALREADY RECOGNIZE” THE GOVERNMENT OF TAIWAN: Discussing U.S.-Chinese relations with ThinkProgress, Cain confirmed fears that he lacked a firm grasp on foreign policy matters when he declared that “we already recognize” the government of Taiwan. In fact, the United States stopped recognizing Taiwan in 1979. Cain, visibly confused about relations between the U.S, China, and Taiwan, refused to say whether this belief meant he planned to send an ambassador to Taiwan, saying instead, “President Cain will get back to you!” Lest the matter seem trivial, Chinese-Taiwanese relations are extraordinarily tense and the matter of diplomatic relations with the United States carries enormous implications for the billions of people living in southeast Asia.

    (6) WANTS TO PUT DIRTY ENERGY CEOS IN CHARGE OF EPA REGULATIONS: After an Iowa voter asked about increasing domestic oil production, Cain proposed creating a commission consisting of businessmen from the coal, oil, shale oil, and natural gas industries to gut environmental protections. Cain even said he would appoint the CEO of Shell, claiming the company had been “abused” by the EPA. Cain has close ties to several top oil executives.


    (7) BELIEVES IRAQ SHOULD PAY U.S. BACK FOR INVADING THEIR COUNTRY: Cain suggested in a 2008 interview that Iraq should pay the United States back for invading and occupying their country. Even Rick Santorum, who nobody would confuse as a moderate, strongly disagreed with this idea, saying, “I think that would send every possible wrong signal.” Since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians have died and millions have been displaced.


    (icon_cool.gif TRIED TO HIDE HIS GAY TREASURER: A former staffer to Cain, Kevin Hall, testified in court that Cain attempted to cover up the involvement of his openly gay PAC treasurer Scott Toomey. According to Hall, the campaign was trying to cover up Toomey’s involvement due to his sexuality. Cain’s lawyers declined to dispute the allegations.


    (9) SAYS HE WOULD SUPPORT A NATIONAL PHOTO ID LAW: With an increasing number of conservative governors implement new requirements for voters to present photo identification at the polls, Cain told ThinkProgress he’d support such a bill on a federal level. “If you need a picture to get on an airplane, why shouldn’t you need one in order to be able to vote?” Cain asked. To be clear, voting is not like getting on an airplane – only one is the basis of our very democracy – and requirements that citizens present photo IDs instead of other forms of identification has the potential to disenfranchise millions of voters, especially minorities and poorer individuals.
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    10) BELIEVES THAT AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BAN MOSQUES: During a Fox News Sunday interview, Cain professed his belief that if a community wants to ban a mosque, “they have a right to do that.” Rather than idle banter, Cain’s comments came fresh off his speech blasting the proposed expansion of an existing Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee because it was, in the former pizza executive’s estimation, “not an innocent mosque.” Cain’s view is squarely at odds with not only the Constitution, but basic precepts of tolerance and diversity as well.
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    Oct 07, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said

    BTW: Lawrence O'Donnell was of draft age during the Vietnam war, yet I can find nothing that indicates HE served in the military... only that he's another pointy headed idiot graduate of Harvard.



    And what does that make you???????????????????
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    Oct 07, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    southbeach1500 said
    BTW: Lawrence O'Donnell was of draft age during the Vietnam war, yet I can find nothing that indicates HE served in the military... only that he's another pointy headed idiot graduate of Harvard.

    And what does that make you???????????????????

    Clearly a Cain supporter, along with his views.
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    Oct 07, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    TropicalMark said
    southbeach1500 said
    BTW: Lawrence O'Donnell was of draft age during the Vietnam war, yet I can find nothing that indicates HE served in the military... only that he's another pointy headed idiot graduate of Harvard.

    And what does that make you???????????????????

    Clearly a Cain supporter, along with his views.


    Congrats Art! Happy to see you get out of that all (very close) white, gay bubble of Wilton Manners and think for a change. Mr. Cain will be thrilled to have your support.
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    Oct 08, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    TropicalMark said
    southbeach1500 said
    BTW: Lawrence O'Donnell was of draft age during the Vietnam war, yet I can find nothing that indicates HE served in the military... only that he's another pointy headed idiot graduate of Harvard.

    And what does that make you???????????????????

    Clearly a Cain supporter, along with his views.
    No, just another pointy headed idiot nongraduate of Harvard.
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    Oct 08, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    southbeach1500 said

    BTW: Lawrence O'Donnell was of draft age during the Vietnam war, yet I can find nothing that indicates HE served in the military... only that he's another pointy headed idiot graduate of Harvard.


    And what does that make you???????????????????


    A total idiot since Lawrence O'Donnell is not running to be President.

  • Webster666

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    Oct 08, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    Cain is just getting his 15 minutes in the sun. He won't last long.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 08, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidCain is just getting his 15 minutes in the sun. He won't last long.



    ^^^^ THIS ^^^^

    I still predict that most of the early front runners (except Romney) will peak to early, maybe even before the primaries, and that a candidate like Huntsman will surge at exactly the right time.