Herman Cain was on Piers Morgan’s show and was asked about abortion. I know Herman Cain is pro-life. He says life begins at conception. It’s pretty cut and dry.
So how does he screw this up?
Shorter Herman Cain: “No abortion under any circumstances, but it’s not the government’s role to interfere.”
Here’s the best summary I’ve read of it so far, and it’s from one of the YouTube comments. (I know. I was surprised to read a rational comment there too.)
Cain is both Pro-Life and Pro-Liberty. His personal view is that he’s 100% against abortion (Pro-Life), but he believes that the federal government should NOT tell people what to do- in this case, to get/not get abortions. lol @ people trying to mark him as a flip-flopper, hypocrite, etc…
Bossadai776 1 hour ago
It’s a difficult line to walk, so I can understand why people were confused about what he meant. I have watched the video several times now and I see what may be the problem. Piers is asking him about what he would want his daughter or granddaughter to do if she were impregnated by a rapist. He’s asking for a personal position.
Cain starts in on a political position, stating his position based on his beliefs on the role of the president and government.
Here’s the rub: that’s a pro-choice position. He’s saying that people should have the right to choose whether to have an abortion or not and government shouldn’t have a say in it.
That, my All American Readers, is a doozy. It doesn’t jive with the rest of his statement. If he believes that life begins at conception, then he, as president, would have an obligation to protect that life. It’s that simple.
He’s trying to walk that line I’ve tried to walk in the past. He’s saying he’s pro-life, but pro-choice at the same time. That’s a tough road to try to walk, and he will lose some voters over it.
I wonder how deeply he’s thought about this, which is a question I find myself asking about Herman Cain more and more these days.
He’s doing his best to spin the response, but it’s not enough. As another commenter put it, he’d be able to spend more time campaigning if he didn’t have to walk back everything he said the day before.
I like Herman. I think he’s a good man and a smart man. I hope he takes whatever downtime he has and polishes his positions a bit. Everyday it seems he answers a question by shooting from the hip. And he’s hurting himself more than any of the other candidates could hope to hurt him.