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Politics / CAMPAIGN 2012

Cain: Question ‘Caught Me Off Guard’

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain.(Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

photo of Lindsey Boerma
May 26, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain admits a question he faced on a Sunday talk show this week about the Palestinian right of return “caught me off guard,” but he said he isn’t worried about the blunder’s staying power.

Asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace about his stance on the right of return, which centers on whether Palestinian refugees should have the right to return to Israeli land, Cain hesitated, repeated the phrase, and said, “That's something that should be negotiated.”

Appearing on Fox News on Thursday, Cain said Wallace “caught me off guard with that question; I admit that. But he won’t catch me off guard with that question again. He’s going to have to find another one. So there are going to be times when you’re going to be caught off guard—that’s all part of being in the public eye and running for office.”

 

Cain dismissed skepticism that his political inexperience and lack of foreign policy credentials make him unsuited for the top tier: “I’m bringing joy to this campaign,” he said. “Positivity you can earn... you can buy high name I.D. Right now, I would rather earn positivity scores from the people.”

Watch the exchange on Fox News Sunday:

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