Cain's Administration Would Be Full of Famous People

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Herman Cain has already thought about just whom he would select to serve in his presidential administration, and Henry Kissinger other famous names have made the list. Cain outlined his thinking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's editorial board. A piece of that interview, in which Cain briefly appeared to forget all details of the Libyan conflict, went viral yesterday. Today, the Journal Sentinel posted more segments of the interview, and yet again, people have found some hilarity in them. When asked who he might put in his administration, Cain responded, "Dr.[Henry] Kissinger turned my offer down to be secretary of state. He said he's perfectly happy doing what he's doing." Kissinger called Cain's weird smoking campaign video "brilliant," so we guess they have a rapport. (Update 4:27 p.m.: Cain's spokesman says Cain did not actually ask Henry Kissinger to serve as secretary of state, reports Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post.) 

Cain also lists prominent conservatives from John Bolton to Sen. Jim DeMint, making us wonder whether, already knocked off his game after forgetting about the Libya conflict, Cain is just sticking to a list of names of really famous people of whom he's heard. Finally he names Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, (perhaps in a nod to the Wisconsin-based newspaper's editors?) Here's how that portion of the conversation went:

Cain: Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. I really admire him because of the work that he's done.

Editor: Where would you like to see him?

Cain: In my administration.

Editor: In what post?

Cain: Well, I don't want to pin it down at this point. I don't want to get pigeon holed.

Watch more of the interview here: 

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