Tea Party Nation founder blasts Cain after Libya gaffe

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 19:59 EDT
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Herman Cain at the National Press Club
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Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips said Herman Cain should drop out of the presidential race after the candidate appeared to have an extremely difficult time answering a simple question about Libya.

“I was wrong about Herman Cain,” he wrote on Monday. “I said originally that Cain could stay on message better than almost any other candidate. His 9-9-9 plan was all he would talk about and I attributed that to good messaging on his part. I was wrong.”

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Cain was asked whether he agreed with the president on Libya. He struggled to answer the question, awkwardly pausing for several seconds multiple times.

Cain later blamed his poor performance on his lack of sleep.

“Forget the sexual harassment allegations,” Phillips continued. “Forget Mark Block’s gross incompetence. Herman Cain needs to leave the race because he is not qualified to be President. The video is painful to watch. It is obvious Cain is in over his head and simply clueless.”

He said the interview showed “a stunning lack of preparation” and that Cain’s philosophy on foreign policy appeared to be, “I’ll surround my self with people who have a clue because I do not.”

“Newt Gingrich would have had no problem with this,” Phillips added. “Neither would Michele Bachman, or Ron Paul or Rick Santorum or even Mitt Romney or Jon Huntsman.”

“To the Cain supporters, I simply say watch this video and ask yourself, ‘Is this the man you want answering the red phone in the White House at 3 AM?’”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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