Cain and Kissinger: A match made in heaven?
November 15th, 2011
02:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Cain and Kissinger: A match made in heaven?

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is among those Herman Cain would like to see in his administration if he wins the White House. Too bad Kissinger declined the proposal.

"Dr. Kissinger turned down my offer to be secretary of state," Cain told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with a smile. "He said he's perfectly happy doing what he's doing."

The two met for breakfast a few weeks ago, and in a separate portion of the interview Cain drew on their conversation to answer a question about his policy toward Iran.

But he said Kissinger, 88, who served in the administrations of former presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, is just one of the people he would entertain as potential Cain White House appointees.

He listed former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, former Reagan Pentagon spokeswoman KT McFarland, former head of the Strategic Air Command John Chain and Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina as those he admires. He also pointed to Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his prototype.

"My administration will have a majority of business people as well as some seasoned officeholders who are not afraid to challenge the status quo," Cain said.

"He [Ryan] put something on the table to solve the problem, knowing it was going to be controversial," he said referencing Ryan's budget proposal which would reform Medicare. "That's what I like, that's what I do."

Cain's comments came during the same interview that produced controversial responses from the GOP candidate over Libya and collective bargaining.

When asked at an event in Iowa later Tuesday if he had asked Kissinger about being Secretary of State, Cain said, "No I did not."

"Dr. Kissinger has retired and I respect that," Cain continued. "I just apprecate the fact that he was kind enough to spend some time and give me his perspective on the Middle East and a lot of these other countries around the world. So he was like a wise sage, you know, giving me a lot of perspectives about how to go about dealing with these issues. Which is, that's something that I've talked about."

When asked if he was teasing, he said he was.

"Yes I was teasing. I was not serious about asking him because I know he's retired, but I was serious about seeking his counsel. And he was nice enough to say that I could seek his counsel some more in the future, which I treasure dearly."


Filed under: 2012 • Henry Kissinger • Herman Cain
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. kayla

    kissinger knows you won't win.

    November 15, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. stevetall

    What a moron! Could you put together a list of people less in-tune with the realities of modern life? John Bolton can't tie his shoes, Kissinger is a New World Order robot and war criminal, and Ryan and DeMint are closet Nazis. Wake up, America. These are the people who are selling out our country and our values as fast as they can.

    November 15, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. v_mag

    Well, I'm dumbfounded. Cain wants a war criminal as his Secretary of State, and he's willing to tell us that up front. The war criminal declined, but I'm sure there are plenty of them left over from GWB's adminstration.

    Herman, all you have to do now is get elected. Should be a walk in the park for you, you imbecile.

    November 15, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    I think he's about a 128 at this point!! Just a tad too old for anything other than playing Bingo!

    November 15, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Sounds like a Noble Pizza prize !

    John Bolton , how many wars do we want , Cain doesn't know what a Neocon is ?

    November 15, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Kissinger is way too smart and way too old to team up with Cain. Cain needs to stay with his skill set – running a pizza business and groping women.

    November 15, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Greg Smith

    Always did respect Kissinger, now even more so.

    November 15, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Thank God this corporate shill has ZERO chance of ever being elected president of the United States.

    November 15, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. SaintM

    OMG – Does Cain know he once had the position? Does he also know the reason why Kissinger can't hold it again?
    There are a few countries that Kissinger can't go to because he'll be killed. Extensive travel to other countries figures heavily in the job description of SOS. Sounds panderous to me, and not very bright of you, Cain, to choose old has beens to staff your "make believe" cabinet.

    November 15, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Cain actually admitted to having offered that position to Kissinger!?! Offering it wasn't so bad, it is the admitting part to the fact that you were silly enough to actually do it. This is a sign that Mr. Cain is reaching for names out of a hat.

    November 15, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Jilli

    Good Lord, this man appears more ridiculous with each passing day. What a sad testament to the desperation of todays gop. Absolutely pathetic.

    November 15, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Cain and Kissinger: A match made in heaven?"

    What they do together in their bedrooms is their own business.

    November 15, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. ja

    who is cain pandering to now, kissinger is currently 88 years old, do the math, kinda like paterno coaching at 84 years old, or even paul being a canidate at 76, guess cain his on his last breath, i have much respect and love the for the elderly

    November 15, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    He listed former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, former Reagan Pentagon spokeswoman KT McFarland, former head of the Strategic Air Command John Chain and Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina as those he admires. He also pointed to Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his prototype.
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    Herm would rely on Henry to tell where Uz Uz Uzbekistan is as well as most other countries in the world, and also how to work with them. As for the others mentioned above, losers one and all. No wonder the flavor of the month is souring

    November 15, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Cain's pedantic comments seem to evidence that he has been studying and hitting the books. He's been studying some really *old* books.

    In Cain's world, China is still working toward a nuclear weapon. Henry Kissinger isn't working for Richard Nixon, yet. The Arab-Isreali 1967 War hasn't taken place. There is no Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tang is the number one soft drink in America. Johnny Cash was the "King of the Road". Budweiser declared itself the King of Beers. And, the Green Bay Packers were the Kings of the NFL. Maybe those last parts about KIngs is what has him confused.

    November 15, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Cain would need some serious help with foreign policy. I don't care who he would have as the secretary of state. It wouldn't help him much because he needs more than just an adviser. He'd need a whole new history lesson.

    November 15, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. willie floyd

    Anyone remember Judy Collins "Where are the clowns?-send in the clowns-don't bother-they're already here"??

    November 15, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Laverne

    Kissinger probably wouldn't even agree to be a consultant. You sir are an embarrassment to ALL and I am sure the people who know you best are having secret prayer meetings hoping God will sit you down or perhaps the need to perform an exorcism is in order!

    November 15, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Debbie

    OMG! LOL! No kidding? Kissinger turned you down! LOL

    November 15, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    More proof of Mr. KochCain's mental and political unfitness for office.

    November 15, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. FIELD1stSGT

    Link this famous, fabulous person's name with yours, Cain? Lord send a bolt of lightning to wake this fool up. He must go. if he is the best nominee the GOP can come up with, then we are doomed for another four years of the biggest fraud, traitor of all time. OBAMA AND SOROS.

    November 15, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. buckup

    he should dig up nixon and reagan and force them to serve in his WH,
    then he would viable

    November 15, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Stacey

    LOL! Good for Mr. Kissinger. I wouldn't want to be mixed up with some guy that can't keep his hands to himself either. Cain is an embarassment and Kissinger knows it.

    November 15, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |