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.

Related… Herman Cain: Sure, I can see myself releasing everyone at Gitmo in exchange for one U.S. POW

 

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. With a moat…….and alligators.

  4. 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

  5. ++

    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*

    ==

  6. bg,

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

  7. Oops, double bg’s.

  8. ++

    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..

    ==

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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

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

  13. ++

    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..

    ==

  14. ++

    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!!

    ==

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

  16. ++

    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:

    ==

  17. 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!

  18. #17

    Death before Ron Paul!

  19. 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.



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