Herman Cain was interviewed by CBN at the Value Voters Summit Friday night and conceded that he was ill-prepared to answer foreign policy questions. “When they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say you know, I don’t know. Do you know? And then I’m going to say how’s that going to create one job?”
The surprising admission was prompted by David Brody‘s question if the former Godfather Pizza CEO was prepared for “gotcha questions” like who’s the President of Uzbekistan (who by the way, is Islam Karimov).
Cain said knowing the president of “small, insignificant states” around the world was not something critical to focusing on national security and getting this economy going.
David Brody: “Are you ready for the gotcha questions that are coming from the media and others? Like who’s the president of Uzbekistan? It’s coming. All of this stuff and how are you dealing with that?”
Herman Cain: “I’m ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions and they’re already starting to come. And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say you know, I don’t know. Do you know? And then I’m going to say how’s that going to create one job? I want to focus on the top priorities of this country. That’s what leaders do. They make sure that the nation is focused on the critical issues with critical solutions. Knowing who is the head of some of these small insignificant states around the world I don’t think that is something that is critical to focusing on national security and getting this economy going. When I get ready to go visit that country I’ll know who it is but until then I want to focus on the big issues that we need to solve.”
Bill O’Reilly earlier argued that Cain “had no clue about foreign affairs” and his concession that he doesn’t have a grasp on the affairs of “small, insignificant states” reinforces that notion.
Brody’s question evoked the time George W. Bush‘s choked when asked by political reporter Andy Hiller who the leader’s of Chechnya, Taiwan, India and Pakistan were during his campaign for the Republican nomination. Hiller asked: “Can you name the president of Chechnya?” “No, can you?” Bush replied.
Watch Cain’s interview via CBN below:
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