Barbara Walters picked Herman Cain to be one of her 10 most fascinating people of 2011 (fair choice, actually) and he told her that if chosen for a cabinet position in 2012, he'd like to be Secretary of Defense. "What!?" was Walters natural and obvious reaction during the interview last night on ABC. "Not Treasury? I mean, you’re the 9-9-9 man. Why the Department of Defense?"
"Because if I could influence rebuilding our military as it should be, that would be a task I would consider undertaking,” Cain responded. Walters reminded Cain that he knows scant nothing about geopolitics and that difficulty was one of the big reasons that his campaign crashed. How would he become a good student of international relations? Homework. "I have been doing my homework ever since that difficulty." Cain conceded, though, that none of the remaining presidential candidates would likely choose him for VP, not because of his (lack of) foreign policy creds but because of the allegations of sexual abuse against him, which he says are false.
The rest of the interview is appropriately absurd. Cain said that Democrats schemed against his campaign because he was black (though he "can not prove it") and ended the interview by singing a rendition of "Amazing Grace." We miss you, Herman Cain.
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