Cain: Confusion has led to drop in support
November 27th, 2011
10:03 AM ET
11 years ago

Cain: Confusion has led to drop in support

(CNN) - Herman Cain ascribed his recent drop in the polls to false sexual harassment allegations and voter confusion about his positions on abortion and foreign policy, saying Sunday that some of his remarks over the past month had been taken out of context.

“Obviously false accusations and confusion about some of my positions has contributed to it,” Cain said on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked by host Candy Crowley about his campaign’s flagging poll numbers.

“That was to be expected. In terms of the campaign itself, nothing has gone wrong in terms of our strategy of spending time in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida," Cain added. "So in terms of the mechanics of the campaign, nothing's gone wrong.”

Cain said criticism over his position on abortion and foreign policy matters was fueled largely by comments that were taken out of context, leading to voter confusion.

“Some people are heavily influenced by perception more so than reality,” Cain said. “The good news is most of my supporters have stayed on the Cain train, as we say.”

In October, Cain made highly publicized remarks on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” in which it seemed the former Godfather’s Pizza executive was loosening his position on restricting abortion. Cain said Sunday those comments were taken out of context.

“That whole segment I talked about my position on life from conception, no exceptions,” Cain said. “They didn't show that. Then he basically raised a highly hypothetical situation relative to if it were my granddaughter and that's when they took that part out of context because of a poor choice of words. In retrospect they later got blown out and it became the story.”

On the issue of illegal immigration, Cain restated his support for enforcing laws currently in place, but said he would allow states to deal individually with immigrants. When asked if that meant allowing states to extend amnesty to immigrants, Cain said he wouldn’t use that word.

“It is a package,” Cain said. “Secure the border for real, promote the path to citizenship that's already there - and the path to citizenship that's already there doesn't say anything about amnesty.”

When asked by Crowley about the position he staked out at CNN’s National Security Debate Tuesday on “targeted identification” at airport security checkpoints, Cain said he was simply proposing the most sensible solution to protect Americans.

He said he didn’t use the term “profiling” because of its use in other situations.

“Targeted identification is a deliberate approach to figure out patterns associated with people who have tried to kill us,” Cain said. “That's what that is. Profiling has been used in a lot of other situations and it obscures the whole issue.”

He continued, “I am not trying to identify a particular religion, a particular color, a particular ethnicity. I'm simply saying we should not be afraid to identify those characteristics that basically have been consistent in people.”

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • State of the Union
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. brustwarze

    It is with great regret to not how many Americans are actually serious about any of the GOP candidates. Really folks, these people may have made a lot of money and may be rich but that is no entrance ticket for candidate for teh highest office of America. For those who have not noticed, America is being destroid from within. Look around how people are dressed, what people eat and how they look. Everybody is busy chasing a few bucks here and there and in so ndoing totally missing what is going on in Washington DC. We have politiicans there now who are nothing but parasits. They are fattening their wallets by stealing Tax money in one way or another. Take Pelosi for example. She has no brain left and she is corrupt to the core but she manages to stay on until the God lord will stop her heart from beating. Folks wake up you are going down the toillet, all of you. These GOP candidates have no clue how to manage or run teh USA or the world. Go to a store and find a product made in teh USA? you will not find 1 in a 1000. ALL made in China and we teh stupid people are buying all that junk from China. Wake up Americans you are about to go under.

    November 27, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. ElmerGantry

    Cain is right.
    It is about confusion. The LESS CONFUSED people are about who Cain is and what he stands for, the lower his numbers will be.

    November 27, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Tony in Maine

    His or the rightwingnuts who supported him?

    November 27, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. jboh

    I agree. It has a lot to w/confusion. The lack of it. Snooty Newt is next.

    November 27, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Cain is a good man and should be respected by ALL Americans (Black, Brown and White) for his notable accomplishments in life. A true Horacio Alger, rags-to-riches story. Unfortunately his recent foreign policy gaffes have hurt him. However, I hope fair-minded Americans will note the Public Lynching he has endured by way of the Liberal-media and political cretins focused on his demise! Gloria Allred? Seriously? The blind sheep that have formulated their unfair judgment on this man should be ashamed! Axelrod and the DNC will rue the day sooner or later!

    November 27, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. hank

    Newt is 1. From Ga. 2. Twice divorced. 3. A Roman Catholic. 4. Left the Speaker of House Job because of ethics violations. Question, does that sound like a winner ? It is pathetic that this is best GOP has to offer.

    November 27, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Katy

    Cain's poll numbers have dropped because people have figured out that he is simply not electable. He will not be the nominee. The mere fact that unelectable people like Cain or Bachmann are even in the running shows how weak the GOP candidates are.

    November 27, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. nina

    I am seeing a pattern with Herman Cain:

    Nothing is ever his fault.

    November 27, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    We are all confused and brainwashed.

    November 27, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. RS, CA

    @brustwarze (chest wart) - you really ARE one! What the h*** are you talking about? ( By the way, Pelosi is Democrat!) Geeze! From where do people like you crawl out?

    November 27, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Belingo

    “Some people are heavily influenced by perception more so than reality,” Cain said.

    Yes, the way to get back those voters who liked Cain two weeks ago but don't do so anymore, is to tell them they are idiots. I am sorry but this man is a joke. He's a narcissistic, arrogant man who does not have a clue about politics or governing. But oh, you're right, he doesn't have to know anything about those issues because he will rely on his advisors for policy decisions. Why aren't his advisors running for presidency then?

    November 27, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Pat in IL

    .....not my fault!'s not me, it's you. Right. What a petulant child. Man up and take some responsibility for the fact that you are a loser and should not even be in this race because you're too much of an ignorant bully. I don't know if you have had a college education or not, but you don't sound like an educated man, and you certainly do not have a grasp of the important issues facing our nation; foreign policy, economics, etc.

    November 27, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    “He would allow states to deal individually with immigrants. When asked if that meant allowing states to extend amnesty to immigrants, Cain said he wouldn’t use that word”

    I watched that moment it was great
    Great Journalism thanks to Candy Crowley ( stay on message with chain of questions I love it)

    Now days republicans doesn’t want to use the words Compromise, amnesty etc , this is frustrating.
    Now issue # 1 is leaders we are lack of leaders

    November 27, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Nash

    I am confused that Cain doesn't understand that his time is up. He was never going to win GOP nomination despite the Koch brothers angle. And if he won the nomination his Sarah Palinism on foreign policy would have finished the job. My advice to him, go back to making pizza sir, your fifteen minutes are up.

    November 27, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. emma

    Herman "I have never done anything inappropriate to anyone" Cain, lacks the ability to engage in self-evaluation. He is so enamored with the image he has of himself, that he is truly worrisome as a US leader. It seems like he has no compassion or respect for others.

    November 27, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. MichaelSC

    He already know the politicians game inside-out. Blame others for your own stupidity.
    Cain, please explain your work with Aquila. How shall we not consider you a crook?

    November 27, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    It has gotten to be too hot in the kitchen for Mr. Cain's black walnut ice cream. It's melting away.

    November 27, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. 1977

    Remember people this is the GOP. Cain and Bachman never stood a chance anyways. The GOP hates both of these groups of people. African-Americans and women.

    November 27, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. ibwon

    He's an Idiot. What's confusing about that?

    November 27, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Twiddle

    Give Americans a little credit for being able to spot a line of BS when they see it, Herman. The "Cain Train"? *snort* I think the "Cain Train" has finally derailed. Thank God.

    November 27, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Drew

    The problem with Mr Cain, no matter how much he denies it, is that he is willing to say whatever he thinks people want to hear. I don't believe the man has any core priciples. He's a business man in a politician's clothing. Not ready for prime time.

    November 27, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. roro

    Keep convincing yourself, Herman, that it's everyone else's fault but your own for taking your comments out of context. Some of your comments were out of context because you didn't know how to answer the questions. You are not presidential material, but of course your tremendous ego won't let you accept that. Go home and beg your wife for forgiveness, creep.

    November 27, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. george of the jungle

    You mean you think Cain is confused? really? It took an artical like this to point it out. Come on people The guy is a rich idiot who never even looks or reads about politics. I would be insulted to think he could run and the public would be stupid enough to vote for him.

    November 27, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Dave A.

    BLAME yo'self!!!

    November 27, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Independent_me

    Yo, If-you-are-poor-in-America-its-your-fault-Herm!

    You had said that God spoke to you and told you to run for President...
    Do you think that what God actually had in mind was to expose you to your own hateful, un-Christ-like self so that you could turn back to Him? After all, I really don't think that God can endorse the uncompassionate GOP who actually have to apologize if they dare take a stand for what might be mistaken for compassion – He just ain't like that!

    Maybe He was just trying to give you an opportunity to turn from your wicked ways? Maybe He was just trying to show you the kind of love and compassion for your poor, sorry@@@ self that you cannot show unto others?

    hmmmm.... God's ways are certainly not like our ways....

    November 27, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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