(CNN) – Herman Cain said Thursday he apologized for calling Nancy Pelosi "Princess Nancy" in the most recent Republican presidential debate to fend off further questions from reporters.
"I apologize for calling her 'Princess Pelosi,' if that's the biggest story you all have, OK?" Cain told reporters after addressing supporters at a diner in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
When asked why he apologized, the former pizza executive said, "So you all will stop asking me about it, OK?"
Cain made the comment in response to a health care question at Wednesday night's debate hosted by CNBC, during which he blamed Democrats in Congress for blocking a Republican health care plan.
"Princess Nancy sent it to committee and it stayed there," Cain said, referencing a bill sponsored by Georgia Rep. Tom Price that was allegedly shelved when Pelosi was speaker of the House.
Cain also apologized for the using the nickname, which he and conservative talk show host Sean Hannity have uttered on different occasions, during a post-debate interview on CNBC.
"That was a statement that I probably shouldn't have made, but I was trying to make a point," he said on CNBC.
At Thursday's campaign stop, Cain attempted to put the onus on Pelosi, recalling a 2009 moment when the California Democrat referred to members of the tea party movement as "Astroturf."
"I remember when Speaker Pelosi called me and the tea party people 'Astroturf,'" Cain said. "I don't remember anybody asking about that story."
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And again another Republican reaches for the gutter. For someone accused of sexual harassment to start speaking of a US Congresswoman as "Princess" shows his utter contempt and ignorant denial of why people find his behavior so insulting.
Princess Nancy - Great one. George Soros's little bulldog.
My favorite part of all of this is that he doesn't understand why the likes of Hannity and Limbaugh can call Nancy Pelosi that, and he can't while running for president.
I also really liked how all he could say in the debate, once again, was 9-9-9. He's like a broken record with nothing real to say.
Herman Cain has revealed his true colors over and over again, so seriously people, let's be done with him. It really is time to move on.
Amazing how the accusers came out of the woodwork when Mr. Cain declared his belief in Christ. That was the trigger for the old master accuser himself to step up.
Cain's OK. He's just a bad boy and a bit thick headed.
I am simply sick to death of the complete lack of respect or common decency the GOP/TP hold for anyone not in complete lockstep with them. It is as if they were raised in a vacuum, oblivious of anyone else. They are not suitable as candidates for leadership of our great nation.
And the Tea Baggers want this IDIOT to have access to the button. The man isn't at fault for anything, it's always the other persons fault. Please Mr. Cain go back to beiing a lobbyist and radio talk show host. You seem like you are good at that, all talk and no substance!!!
His is acting like he is on a comedy circuit answering questions. He can be a standup comic. Every answer gets connected to 999 tax plan with no substance. He looks like a pimp with his pimp hat on. It will be great to see him go against Obama.
The real drama will start when he is selected by the GOP and all the other women will come out with more harassment charges. Apparently he likes white blonde women. Romney's policies are almost similar as Obama. GOP is a mess.
How many years do the Republicans have to be in control of the House of Representatives before Cain quits blaming Princess Pelosi for stopping the Republican health care plan?
Sadly, ignorance does not disqualify anyone from running for President any more than arrogance does. As Pat Paulson usde to say, anyone can be President. It's up to we the voters to separate the statesmen (or women) from the clowns and comedians and just plain old crazies.
I suspect that Herman's campaign is over (if it ever really began), even if he does eventually show up on the primary ballot in some number of states.
This guy is beating the media at its own game. Question? INSTANT answer and shut down. Very refreshing, I would never vote for him but I love when media "gotchas" backfire. Then the media are now "victims" and Cain is a bad guy. LOL. Cain is WINNING!!!!
Cain really likes the blondes! He is a predator who has you dummies fooled!
We have never had a black right wing talk show host as a President who can sell Pizza tax plan for $9.99 to the foolish people of this nation. The country is getting dumb and dumber.
Just like Cain didn't know that china already has the bomb (has since the 60's), I wonder now if he knows that Pelosi is no longer the Speaker, my guess is that he doesn't.
Sexist pig.... I mean he may not be a sexist pig, but he sure sounds like one.
And he may be a caring and sensitive guy, but he sounds like some one who thinks he can bully people.
words are cheap and his are as good as a $9.50 pie.
With the comments: "It ain't gonna happen" and "Princess Pelosi," Herman Cain has no character, integrity, or respect for his fellow citizens. Cain is not fit to serve as President of the United States and lead the American populous in their goal to achieve financial independence. Cain's insulting pontificating is an embarrassment to all voters.
Yes !!!! Woman in California has yet again made it to the top of the dumbest thing posted. CAIN is winning and i bet it just pisses you libs of that he really doesnt care about what you think and besides do you really think he is trying to get your vote. He knows your just looking for who ever will give you the most hand outs instead of going out and EARNING what you have
Sorry, pizza man, but the Teabaggers are TOTALLY astroturf.