Herman Cain Speaks to Piers Morgan about Ron Paul, Homosexuality, and Abortion

Cain clip on Abortion and Homosexuality

Bookmark and Share  In a Wednesday night interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Herman Cain was pressed to answer many questions and while he held up to the questioning, he did fumble a bit on the issue of abortion when he seemed to try to have it both ways

Cain confirmed that he believes that life begins at conception and when asked, he also confirmed to Morgan that unlike many of his Republican opponents in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, he opposes abortion under all circumstances, including in cases of rape or incest.  But asked if he actually believed that if a female member of his family conceived a child through rape, should be forced to give birth to that child under those same circumstances, Cain figuratively flinched and offered an answer that contradicted the very convictions he professed to just moments earlier.

In his own words;

No, it comes down to is, it’s not the government’s role — or anybody else’s role — to make that decision. Secondly, if you look at the statistical incidents, you’re not talking about that big a number. So what I’m saying is, it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president. Not some politician. Not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn’t try to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive decision.

While the answer sounded commendably libertarian, and admirably evoked conservative, limited government principles, it clearly defied his previous statements about there being no acceptable exception for an abortion to take place.

While I do not for one moment deny the unfathomable difficulty in the conflict that would exist for a victim of rape having to be victimized a second time by the need to confront the abortion issue, we also can’t deny the fact that Herman Cain can’t have it both ways on this issues.  Either he opposes abortion on the grounds that life begins at conception and therefore it is the government’s responsible to protect life and overturn Roe v. Wade, or he is a pro-choice advocate who believes that government has no say in the matter and that it is ultimately a woman’s personal decision.

It would seem that what Cain is saying is that his anti-abortion, under all circumstances, right-to-life,  position is a personal one that he would not seek to project on to others through government policies.  If that is the case, Cain will have a bit a problem with the evangelical community, and religious right which up to now he has been quite popular with, and as always, constitutes an influential voting bloc within the Republican base.

While many continue to badger Mitt Romney over the evolution of his owns views which allowed him to convert to a pro-life position, the ambiguity of Cain’s position on the issue becomes more prescient.  And although Cain’s lack of a record because of his never having held office, provides him with significant opportunities for getting a pass on some positions, when it comes to the issues of life and choice, Herman Cain will not, and should not, be given a pass.  He will have to clarify his position on this issue sooner or later.

Aside from that one really notable bump in Cain’s performance during the Morgan interview, the G.O.P.’s latest leading contender for the presidential nomination did provide for many very logical, conservative, and truly limited government, constitutional answers.

One of the most refreshing was on the issue of homosexuality.

While Piers Morgan feigned astonishment at Herman Cain’s belief that homosexuality is a choice and not a characteristic someone is born with, Herman Cain defended his belief based upon what he sees as a lack of evidence to convince him otherwise.  However, at the same time he made it clear that while his religious beliefs lead him to view homosexuality as a sin,  he also believes that the gay lifestyle is a choice which people have the right to make for themselves.

As a gay man, I found myself appreciative of Herman Cain’s willingness to allow for mutual respect of others regardless of their orientation.  As a conservative I was proud and happy to see another conservative adopt a truly conservative, non-hypocritical position on the issue which seemingly keeps government out of our bedrooms and adheres to the conservative conviction to the limits of government in both its scope and size.  I can easily accept and respect Herman Cain’s religious belief that homosexuality is a sin, so long as he accepts me as a person and does not wish to impose his personal beliefs on me.

During the course of the CNN interview, another response that Cain gave to a Morgan initiated question also appealed to me.

When asked which of his Republican presidential opponents he respects the most, Cain quickly replied Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.  He admitted that while he sees himself as the best choice, he is confident that both Gingrich and Romney would make fine presidents and do a great job.  I agree with that assessment. [see that clip through the image link below]

When it came time for Herman to tell Piers which one of his opponents he respected least, Cain laughingly stated that he would rather stay away from that after some persistence by Morgan, Cain admitted that he believe that contrary to Gingricg and Romney, Ron Paul would be a bad President.

Cain stated that Ron Paul’s approach to all our problems is to throw the baby out with the bath water and that he just does not believe that to be the right way to solving our problems.  Again, I agree with that assessment too.

All in all, I believe that Herman Cain scored well among Republicans and independents who saw the interview.  While he undoubtedly created more questions than answers regarding his position on abortion, when it comes to character, competence, and the desire for a  new type of anti-establishment, limited government leader, Cain racked up many points.

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Palin Announces She Is Not Running For President. Catch the Audio and Written Versions of her Decision Here.

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What Role Will She Play?

On Tuesday it was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who dispelled any rumors about his running for President and now on Wednesday, in what can only be called a week that finally allowed the Republican presidential nomination process to focus on the real, not the imagined candidates, former Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin put an an end to speculation about her own run for President.

She revealed her decision on Mark Levin’s popular radio talk show.  You can listen to the entire interview here.

In an open letter on her SarahPAC website, Governor Palin tells supporters  that she decided not to run because she feels that she can be more effective in playing a decisive role in the election of others who defend the conservative values that she has come to represent.   She also promised to;

“continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.”

Palin’s announcement now forces a fickle Republican electorate to choose from among the existing field of assembled candidates.   As of yesterday, a Quinnipiac poll of Republican primary voters indicated that Mitt Romney had a majority of support, while Herman Cain was
quickly rising and Texas Governor Rick Perry was dropping fast.  The next important name and number to appear in the poll was Sarah Palin, who before the news that she was not running, came in fourth place with with 9%.

Quinnipiac National Republican Primary

(Numbers in parentheses indicate previous poll results)

  • Romney – 22% (18)
  • Cain – 17% (5)
  • Perry – 14% (24)
  • Palin – 9% (11)
  • Gingrich – 8% (3)
  • Paul – 6% (9)
  • Bachmann – 3% (10)
  • Santorum – 3% (1)
  • Huntsman – 1% (1)

Now, combining the significant number of Republican voters hoping Palin would run with the existing 17% who are already undecided, the total percentage of the G.O.P. electorate that is up for grabs is 26% or more than 1/4th of the G.O.P. electorate.

This in many ways keeps this a wide open race.  That is especially the case considering that many more voters who have stated support for one candidate or another have also indicated that their support is soft, and can easily be won over by one of the other Republicans in the field.

At the moment, it looks like the name that has the most to gain from Palin’s announcement is Herman Cain.  As indicated in a WH12 post by IkeFriday, Palin’s social conservative and TEA movement support is now likely to go Cain’s way.  Palin’s announcement that she is not running happened at the most opportune time for Cain.  With the tide shifting his way ever since the Florida Straw Poll, the voters left hanging by Palin can easily be swept up in that tide.

As for Palin herself, her decision was most definitely the right one for her.  Palin has been thriving as a cheerleader for the anti-establishment wing of the conservative electorate.  She has raised and made money and advanced the cause.  By keeping herself out of the race, she allows herself to remain a force to contend with.  As we have seen with Rick Perry and others, once one becomes a candidate, maintaining their superstar image is much harder to do.  Palin though has the opportunity to keep her star burning brighter for  another day.

Meanwhile, much of  Palin’s fan base is still trying to digest the decision and absorb what obvious disappointment they feel.  While many of the pro-Palin websites and blogs have not yet even released statements, one leading site, Conservatives 4 Palin, did have a post from Adrienne Ross who wrote;

“The Governor Palin I have supported these past three years, the one I’ve been privileged to come to know, is indeed the real deal, and so for tonight I will leave it at this: I continue to stand with Governor Palin.”

While many Palin supporters will undoubtedly be disappointed with the decision, it does not look like they will be disappointed by her.  As such, her role in the 2012 election could be critical to who the G.O.P. nominates.  But Palin supporters can not give up the hope that we can win back the White House and to do so with a candidate who represents all the values which Sarah does.  Depressed Palin supporters must now engage the existing candidates.  They must make sure that all the candidates are talking the issues we want and proposing the solutions we want.  If we aggressively engage them in such a way, they will have no choice to be run on our agenda.  And once they are there, we will have the opportunity to decide which one can advance our values and our cause successfully.  That is what elections are for.  Now that we know we have no more players in the game, we must play with the hand we  have been dealt.  It is time for voters to stop focussing on who it could have been and start focussing on who it will be.

With only three months to go before the primaries and caucuses begin in earnest, there is much to be done by both the candidates and the voters.   The candidates now have no reason to hold back any strategies that would have been used if Christie or Palin ran.  They are now free to run their campaigns based on what we know, not what we don’t know.  In other words, it is time for the candidates to start acting presidential.  Now we need the Republican candidates to show the nation  that beyond being the Party of limited government, we are also the Party of ideas.  And our candidates must begin to release bold new ideas to solve our old problems.  The candidate that can do that, will give the anti-establishment and TEA movement wings of the G.O.P., a reason for them to at least be willing to look at the candidacies of others such as Romney, Santorum and Gingrich.

Now that the Barnum & Bailey’s Three Ring Circus of candidates has closed up the tent, and last two candidates have pulled out of that mini sized clown car that was crowded with as many as 12 or more other candidates , we can get to business.  The real business, not this business of waiting on someone to get fired up for the job, or have a need to kiss  The Donald’s ring.  Now is the time for each candidate to prove they have solid plans for expanding our economy by unleashing the free market and reining in big government.  We need candidates who will offer plans that seek to cut spending, reform government, and do away with the arcane American tax system that is turning our nation into a consumer economy that buys from outside of our borders and sells very little outside of borders.

In addition to a leader who will unleash the American entrepreneurial spirit, one who will be a world leader.  A leader who can take back the title of leader of the free world from the man who has held it since 2009,  It was in September of 2009 that both President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Uniter Nations.  After those two speeches, it became clear that Netanyahu was the true free leader of the world, not our American President.  In light of that, our nation requires a firm hand, articulate mouth, and open ear.  They will need that articulate mouth to make clear what is right and what is wrong, who are friends, who are foes, and how we can all try to all come be friends.   They need ears that will listen to the responses to such dialogue and when necessary, use their firm hand to slap down those who seek to abridge  the rights of others and jeopardize the lives of the innocent.  We need a clear American foreign policy that starts at securing our international borders and then stands side by side with our friends in Canada, Israel, Great Britain, Spain, Italy,Poland, Australia, and many other true allies of peace.

Truth be told, if given the chance, anyone of a number of existing candidates have the capacity to be such leaders.  There’s Perry, Romney, Gingrich, Cain, Santorum and possibly even Michele Bachmann.  We just need to give them a chance.  All of them.

Important at this juncture though is Sarah Palin.  While Mitt Romney has been a soft but steady frontrunner for the nomination, his appeal among TEA movement and anti-establishment types, has been dismal.  It has been a major reason for his inability to cinch the nomination as early as he could have.   TEA movement voters are too leery of Romney for what they see as an indication of a big government mentality demonstrated by his creation and passage of RomneyCare in Massachusetts.    If Sarah Palin happened to throw her support behind Mitt, she could help him at least break the ice with those voters.  If not, Herman Cain could go much further than many expect.

No  matter what, the first week of October, 2011 will become the official start of the presidential election.  We now know who we have to choose from and it it is time for all of us to focus on the big picture here.  Do the candidates want to play it safe so that they can simply sail on by and defeat a badly wounded President Obama?  Or is there a candidate who is willing to step forward with bold changes and bold visions and take risks, thereby demonstrating that if elected, they will be more than just some caretaker of the White House.   No, they must prove themselves to be a leader who reforms government, restores power to the states, get our fiscal house in order, and ensure our national security and doesn’t do business as usual.

Many of us Palin supporters believe that Sarah would have been that bold leader, but with her out, the mantle seems to be passing in to the hands of Herman Cain.   The only way for Mitt Romney to prevent that from happening is if he starts thinking outside of the Washington, D.C. political box he lives in and demonstrates that instead of playing by the rules of the old political game, he intends to rewrite them and to do so in every way from our tax code, to the way Washington does business.

In the meantime, each of the declared candidates have better be on their A games.  For with Sarah Palin and Chris Christie out there as free agents, none of the candidates’ running for the nomination can afford to be on the wrong side of their endorsements.

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