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October 20, 2011

Herman Cain: "...I Am 100% Pro-Life. End Of Story"

It's probably not the end of the story.

Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the President.

I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply “order” people to not seek an abortion.

My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.

As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100% pro-life. End of story.

I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution. Judges who are committed to the rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.

I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood. I will do everything that a President can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life.

Via Jeff Emanuel.

I know we've had a lot of Cain today. Too much Cain really but it's unfair to do the original post without putting out his statement.

With that said, that answer is laughable.

Look at the exchange with Piers Morgan.

MORGAN: By expressing the view that you expressed, you are effectively -- you might be president. You can't hide behind now the mask, if you don't mind me saying, of being the pizza guy. You might be the president of United States of America. So your views on these things become exponentially massively more important. They become a directive to the nation.

CAIN: No they don't. I can have an opinion on an issue without it being a directive on the nation. The government shouldn't be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make.

Cain didn't say "The President shouldn't be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make" he said "the government". That includes the Congress and the courts, which he now says he'd appoint judges to that would remove the "right" to abortion. And where was that statement last night about judges?

This isn't the first time Cain has made a muddle of what seems to be a pretty straight forward question.

As I said this morning, taken in totality, I think Cain is pro-life. The problem is that once again he's taken simple things and made them into a mess.

Related enough... Cain was on with Sean Hannity this afternoon and addressed the Romney-Perry showdown at the most recent debate.

Cain tells Hannity Romney-Perry fight over immigration in debate "reflectled negatively on Perry. … I think Mitt handled himself well."

More Cain: "Mitt was trying to have a civil conservation. Perry … shot himself in the foot” by talking over Romney in debate.

So the great hope of the "not Romney" camp is defending, er.....Mitt Romney.


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