Apparently aware of the national spotlight once again shining on his presidential prospects, Atlanta’s own Herman Cain says maybe, sorta, kinda that it was a bad thing for a recent GOP debate audience to boo a gay solder.
Cain (photo) was the latest to join in the backpedaling on Sunday when he tried to explain away that the audience really wasn’t booing a gay soldier during the Sept. 22 debate in Orlando. The crowd could have instead been responding to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and not the soldier who asked the candidates if they would repeal the repeal. (Cain, by the way, has said he wouldn’t have overturned DADT but would leave it alone as president.)
“Well, the thing that’s being overlooked is that, in the heat of a debate, when you have exactly 60 seconds to answer any question, you know, taking that time to try and figure out why they were booing,” Cain said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “I happen to think that maybe they were booing the whole “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” repeal more so than booing that soldier. But we didn’t know that.”
Cain was responding to comments President Obama made Saturday at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, D.C. The president blasted the GOP candidates over their lack of reaction to the booing of the gay soldier.
“We don’t believe in the kind of smallness that says it’s okay for a stage full of political leaders — one of whom could end up being the President of the United States — being silent when an American soldier is booed,” Obama said. “You want to be Commander-in-Chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient.”
Cain also said that had he known that the reaction to the GOP meanies would gain such steam since the debate, he would have stepped in.
“In retrospect because of the controversy and the different ways it was interrupted,” Cain said he would have responded to the booing. But he didn’t.
Since the booing has gained such traction, other GOP candidates have come forward to say that, oh yes, they condemn those gay soldier haters, too. Gary Johnson, Jon Huntsman and even Rick Santorum and his Google problem expressed regret. Santorum missed his chance to grab his political balls and chide the crowd for their booing because at the time, he was distracted by the mental images of the gay soldier and his frothy Santorum.
Who knew riding the anti-gay express was this tough?
Photo courtesy John Raoux, Associated Press