Cain's Libya stumble 'due to lack of sleep'
Published 16/11/2011 | 05:00
Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential front-runner, has suffered a new setback after he appeared to be completely stumped when a journalist asked him whether he supported President Barack Obama's response to the Libyan uprising.
The painful stumble came as Mr Cain slumped in the polls.
After facing sexual harassment allegations dating back to the 1990s from at least four women, a CNN/ORC International poll found that Mr Cain's support had slipped to 14pc, 10 points behind the leader, Mitt Romney, and eight behind Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Mr Cain said "OK, Libya", before rolling his eyes and pausing to gather his thoughts.
"President Obama supported the uprising," he said. "Correct? President Obama called for the removal of Gaddafi. Just want to make sure we're talking about the same thing before I say, 'yes, I agree' or 'no, I didn't agree'."
He continued: "I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason -- no that's a different one."
Mr Cain, a former pizza company chief executive, insisted that his reluctance to provide a "yes or no answer" was because he was a "deliberate decision maker" due to his business background. "I'm not trying to hedge on the question. That's my nature as a businessman," he continued.
Eventually, Mr Cain said that he "would have done a better job" of determining who the opposition was than Mr Obama.
A spokesman for Mr Cain, said that the candidate had had four hours of sleep because of a busy campaign schedule and that he had taken his time because he wanted to be sure he was focusing on the right problem. (© Daily Telegraph, London)