Cain pushes back on Muslim comments again

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain took to the airwaves Tuesday morning to correct his statements on whether he’d hire a Muslim in his cabinet or appoint one to a federal judgeship yet again after a leftwing activist for ThinkProgress’s blog asked him if he’d be “comfortable” doing so.

In late March, Cain said, “no,” in response to the leftwing blogger’s question of whether he’d be comfortable hiring or appointing Muslims into those positions. “And here’s why: There’s this creeping attempt, there’s this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government,” he said.

But, in an appearance on outgoing Fox News Channel show host Glenn Beck’s radio program Tuesday morning, Cain clarified the record and said his comments have been “misconstrued.”

“I immediately said – without thinking – ‘No, I would not be comfortable,’” Cain told Beck. “I did not say that I would not have them in my cabinet. If you look at my career, I have hired good people regardless of race, religion, sex gender, orientation and this kind of thing.”

The Daily Caller first reported on Cain’s statement clarifications in late April. “People are trying to push me in a corner or they’re trying to get me to retract my statement but it keeps getting blown more and more and more out of context and I’m going to use that, quite frankly, against the media,” Cain told TheDC on April 27.