Herman Cain, a new, virtually unknown person in the GOP political world, clearly stole the show at Thursday night’s GOP debate. A Force to be reckoned with, the Businessman and conservative radio talk show host surprised and stunned all who had never heard of him.
Will GOP heavy hitter no-shows (Palin, Huckabee, Bachman, Gingrich, Romney & Trump), be able to outshine Herman Cain at the next GOP event?
Cain’s answers were refreshingly straightforward, clear and verbalized with influence and integrity. When he spoke, all listened. (VIDEO links below)
When asked about foreign policy and what he felt about the war in Afghanistan, (for or against), he remarked that it would depend on the intel and make decisions based on what he learned from that information.
Chris Wallace pressed him for a more definitive answer. Cain explained that he was not privy to confidential intel but would make a decision with his advisers and military commanders based on what US interests were, what the objective was and what victory would look like.
“Right now we don’t have a definitive foreign policy.” Cain explained emphatically, “The current administration has not given the American people a clear objective as to why we are fighting in Libya and what our goal is for Afghanistan. This is unacceptable.” The right decisions are informed decisions he remarked. “Bottom line is that this is the process by which I would make decisions before committing our troops war. We need to have a clear foreign policy objective for each country… friend or foe.”
Mr. Cain was asked about his lack of experience in public office. “When people are looking for someone to lead and make the right decisions, they’re not looking for the one with the most money or the one with the most time in political office, they’re looking for someone who can lead in any situation and set the right priorities.
“I like that I have never run for political office before.” Cain exclaimed, “most elected officials in Washington have previously served in political positions,” then with a giggle, smirk and smile…”and how’s that work’n out for you?”
Pollster Frank Luntz interviewed a focus group of republicans and moderates only one of which knew Herman Cain prior to the debate. The vote for Cain as debate winner was unanimous.
Audience on twitter felt other candidates not showing for the debate did so at their own detriment. Many were convinced they had their new GOP star in Herman Cain. Time and more debate will only tell.
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[Also present at Thursday’s GOP debate: Rep. Ron Paul, Businessman Herman Cain, Senator Rick Santorum, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minnesota), and Gov. Gary Johnson (New Mexico).]