Herman Cain Was Kidding About the Electric Border Fence… Except That He Wasn’t

I’m with Ace and Allahpundit on this.
Herman Cain says he was just joking about the electric border fence… Except that he wasn’t kidding.

The Phoenix New Times reported:

Presidential candidate Herman Cain met with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio this afternoon, but he was late to the meeting because of an unknown security threat.

“We received some information that caused us to improve our security on the way over here, and I would like to leave it at that,” Cain told reporters when he arrived at Arpaio’s downtown Phoenix office…40 minutes late. “When you become a top-tier candidate, a lot of nuts come out of the closet.”

Once Cain arrived, however, it didn’t take long before he was asked about a controversial “joke” he recently made about installing a 20-foot-tall electrified fence along the U.S./Mexico border to keep immigrants from entering the country illegally.

Halfway through the question about the electric fence, Cain butted in with “it was a joke!”

“Let me first say it was a joke, and some people don’t think that it was a good joke, and it’s probably not a joke that you’re supposed to make if you’re a presidential candidate,” Cain continued. “I apologize if it offended anyone. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.”

Only, it might not be a joke, he later said, before finally saying he just doesn’t want to offend anyone.

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  • ObamaNation

    I hope he wasn’t joking about strictly enforcing our immigration laws. It has to be done and some people are going to be offended.

  • jony101

    why dont any of the candidates want to build a wall/fence/electric fence/etc? they get my vote and even many of the liberals would vote for that. Not all liberals are crazy in the head. The US can only accomadate so many refugees/illegals before we implode, the economy ain’t improving all these legal/illegals immigrants/terrorists arent helping.
    He is one of the few candidates to even talk about securing the border but is he kidding or is he for real? If he keeps going back and forth he will be cast to the sidelines.

  • StrangernFiction

    With a moat…….and alligators.

  • StrangernFiction

    Not all liberals are crazy in the head.

    I don’t agree with that, but you are right in the sense that SEALING the border is a winning issue.

    Oh, and look what is happening in Afghanistan:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/10/us_moves_to_seal_afghan-pak_border.html

  • bg

    ++

    Herman Cain Was Kidding About the Electric
    Border Fence… Except That He Wasn’t

    oh good grief, who wrote that headline for ouy GP, Woopie or Joy??

    not kidding, happen to scroll past them today and listened
    in for a bit.. that’s exactly what they were crowing about..

    geesh, with TP friends like like GP, who the hell needs enemies.. 🙁

    btw, why is this the biggest issue??

    wrong on what he said twice now, going for a 3?? *sigh*

    ==

  • StrangernFiction

    bg,

    Come on bg, Jim just has his analyst cap on.

  • StrangernFiction

    Oops, double bg’s.

  • bg

    ++

    damn, more & more people seem incapable of discerning
    what is said in in context, never mind comprehend it.. :roll:

    we have been dumbed down to sound bites meaning more
    than truth, who are you competing with GP, MoveOn.org??

    yeah, i know, the fix is in for Perry.. you don’t need to convince
    me, i stated it the first time ever i heard his name, as i did with
    Obama..

    ==

  • Molon Labe

    I prefer candidates whom I can have faith in. This means they talk the talk and walk the walk. This “its a joke” business undermines his credibility. It was what set him apart from the Perry, Pawlenty, Christy, and Romney type forked tongues.

    If Cain is going to be on the same teleprompter then I hope people will rally to Santorium, Brachman, or Newt (Newt is my last stance position, because he is clever although hwe isn’t a true conservative).

    But Cain should do anything to detract from himself, either he means it or he doesn’t. This is why I cannot support the RINOs.

  • donh

    The Fog Horn Leg Horn routine is unprofessional, but we are all supposed to cut the black man some slack . Its the affirmative action way….>>>… http://youtu.be/KTwnwbG9YLE

  • Patty

    who’s he offending, Illegals? so be it. Go Cain!

  • Earthmover

    I think an electric fence powered by Solyndra panels will get the green vote.
    Now, about the mine field?

  • bg

    ++

    this is a LIBERAL topic..

    i don’t believe serious Conservatives give a flying bats guano…

    i understand what he means, and that’s all that counts..

    but then again, i’m not a liberal..

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    Cain made a joke out of it after he realized how
    out of context people were taking what he said..

    as if he literally wanted to electrocute illegals.. GMAFBA!!

    ==

  • Adi

    Did Israel released *all* detainees in exchange for *one* prisoner? (Cue Herman Cain.)

  • bg

    ++

    presented out of context, that makes 3.. 🙁

    [“Let me first say it was a joke, and some people don’t think that it
    was a good joke, and it’s probably not a joke that you’re supposed
    to make if you’re a presidential candidate,” Cain continued.

    “I apologize if it offended anyone. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.”

    [..]

    “I don’t like to offend anyone…however, I don’t apologize for using a
    combination of a fence. And it might be electrified — I’m not walking
    away from that,” Cain backtracked. “I just don’t want to offend anybody.
    It was a joke to the extent in the context of the views of that speech,
    but in terms of what we need to do, I fully intend to do so because I’m
    more sensitive to our citizens being hurt.”]

    Cain backtracked = the writers OPINION, i do not agree, because he did
    not backtrack.. if he had, he wouldn’t have to stick that in there again to
    help guide your train of thought to conclude his OPINION was fact.. :roll:

    ==

  • Ginger

    Like Mr. Cain said… They have a target on his back. The status quo does not want Mr. Cain to mess up their plans to put the two stooges in so they are going to nick pic every thing he says or does. I will tell you one thing if Romney or Perry and Ron Paul are left to vote on in the primary I WILL VOTE FOR RON PAUL!

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  • Molon Labe

    #17

    Death before Ron Paul!

  • el polacko

    cain would also let all the gitmo prisoners loose in exchange for an american hostage…except now (an hour later) he says he wouldn’t… guess that was just another ‘joke’. i’m afraid i’m not getting his sense of humor.

  • Studious Citizen

    Jim, you’re coming damn close to losing another reader if you keep this MSNBC-esque “gotcha” bull**** up…

    Not kidding.

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  • That Idea gets my vote. Whats wrong with it? The Mexicans know it’s illegal to cross in the first place, their smart enough to know if it’s electrified and it’s well publisized-not to come near it. Isn’t that the point?

  • raybojabo

    What’s wrong with a little juice in the wire? Don’t kill ’em, just enough to make ’em crap themselves.

  • daryl

    Sarah Palin did say he was the “flavor of the month”, so that gives him at least a few more days.

  • B

    We need an electric fence on the border. We don’t need a president who sits on his own fence.

  • Kingslayor

    So if enforcing the IMMIGRATION LAWS on the books offends anyone, then TOUGH SH*T!!!!! You have the right to leave the country!!!!

  • MN Jim

    I don’t care if it is an electric fence or a moat with alligators or more soldiers/police. The point is that we need to close the border and prosecute lawbreakers who come across.

  • daryl

    # 10 donh commented:

    “Its the affirmative action way….>>>… ”

    Great analogy there at your link don and they’ve used up around 75 % of their

    affirmative action supply just to get obama elected and keep him in office for

    three years.

  • bg

    ++

    keep believing everything the MSM on
    both sides say or print about Cain..

    they did, and still do, the same to Palin..

    just keep swallowing the sound bites v delving into the truth and see,
    with much thanks still going to the elite powers that be, the msm, and
    anti-TEA establishment Republicans aka rino’s, what we wind up with,
    again.. 🙁

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    affirmation of affirmative action accusation links, thankyouverymuch..

    ==

  • daryl

    “I’m not walking away from that,” Cain backtracked.”

    Nah, I agree he didn’t “backtrack”. His flip-flopping “derailed” his whole damned train. “Flavor of the month” (Sarah Palin quote) left a too bitter taste evidently.

    You’re’ Welcome I’m sure.

    http://www2.tbo.com/news/breaking-news/2011/oct/16/long-ties-to-billionaire-brothers-key-to-cains-cam-ar-272413/

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20121695-503544.html

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/17/opinion/frum-gop-candidates-cain/index.html?iref=obnetwork

    http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/13/8304334-cains-9-9-9-tax-plan-is-simple-most-will-simply-pay-more

  • bg
  • What’s the big deal about an electric fence? I’ve got one around our garden.

  • Campfollower

    I continue to like Herman Cain and believe GP (as much as I like you too) has him all wrong. I’ve listened to Cain for years here in Georgia. Don’t mush him down to a sound byte, give him a chance and you will like what you hear.

    Commentor is right, with friends like GP, who needs enemies. Cain has what it takes to beat Obama and I’m not convinced any other repub candidate does. The left is scared of him, that should tell you something.

  • daryl

    Could Herman Cain’s ’999′ Tax Plan Really Work?

    That could be a $64,000 question that has no ready answer. Who wants something like Obama, Reid and Pelosi’s Health Care Bill draped around their neck with little or no hope of rescinding it before damage is done until it’s explained fully.

    Interesting analysis of the highly touted, little explained tax plan.

    Explainer: Herman Cain’s 999 Tax Plan – Is it Really That Simple? – WNYC

    http://www.wnyc.org/articles/its-free-country/2011/oct/17/explainer-herman-cains-9-9-9-tax-plan/

  • Joanne

    No topic should be off the table for GP – like it or not. I scroll what I don’t want to read; others can do the same. I believe Cain was serious, and I am all for the fence, the barbed wire, and the wire being electrified. These are deterrents to illegals and that is what is needed. Cain should stand his ground. The only people to be electrified would be those trying to illegally enter the U.S.

    No one is stopping anyone from starting their own blog – if you don’t like it here, no one is stopping you.

  • daryl

    #37 said
    “No topic should be off the table for GP – like it or not”

    With that I agree 100%!

    The rest, not so much.