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Who is the real Herman Cain?
That’s a question haunting the current Republican flavor of the month in the 2012 Presidential sweepstakes.
Like others who preceded him as a brief contender to the front runner mantle, Cain is withering under the spotlight of national scrutiny as more and more of his contradictions, misstatements and outright flubs emerge.
Cain said he opposes laws banning abortion because the government “shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make.” That didn’t sit well with the right-wing that is looking for somebody, anybody, to beat Mitt Romney, so they put the screws to Cain and now he claims he supports a government ban.
The former Godfathers Pizza CEO proposed frying illegal immigrants on an electric fence along the U.S. border with Mexico and then said it was all a joke. He said he would negotiated with terrorists then backed off, claiming he didn’t understand the question.
As soon as his “9-9-9″ plan came under fire, Cain started modifying it to add exemptions — something the plan is supposed to eliminate.
“Like too many of the current crop of GOP Presidential contenders, Herman Cain cannot stand close scrutiny,” political analyst John South tells Capitol Hill Blue. “He is typical of current American politics: Too little substance.”
Cain acknowledges that he has made “a couple of mistakes” and blamed his gaffes on fast-paced interviews by journalists.
“My God, if he can’t deal with press as a candidate, how is he going to deal with the extreme pressures that some with the job as President,” says GOP voter George Bellamy of Richmond, Virginia. “Maybe it’s time Herman went back to selling pizza.”
Others interviewed by Capitol Hill Blue suggest Cain, who has never won an election, isn’t ready for the majors.
“He’s the latest Republican flash in the pan,” says Marlene Hendricks of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “I want an electable Republican who can beat Barack Obama. Herman Cain is not that Republican.”