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Cain pushes back on Muslim comments again

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

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.

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  • ExpatPatriot

    Hey, don’t give up on our black patriots. It’s a fact, black people are overwhelmingly staunchly conservative on an issue by issue basis. They will wake up to the times (It ain’t 1960 anymore) and finally choose individual freedom over collectivism. This identity crisis will end, survival depends on it, America’s survival that is, it’s already happening. I truly believe black America will and needs to play a major role to lead us out of this mess. Herman Cain is a wake up call. More great black leaders will rise. Hear the call and WAKE UP! America needs you. It will happen and it will be a grand chapter in American history, from slavery to become the “Defending Fathers”. I love it, God Bless America. And you know, the words of black conservatives, like Herman, C.L. Bryant, Alfonzo Rachel, Allen West, etc. they seem to speak so much louder to me these days, inspiring. It’s because realization of the American Dream is, generally speaking, part of recent history, still fresh in heart and mind. It’s passionate, not just lip service, they mean it. For some insight, just search Black Conservative. There is a powerful movement here. I feel it.

  • BigRmv

    Herman Cain / Allen West in 2012. Just sayin…

  • pickateer

    I’ve worked with and had business dealings with Muslims that I had known for over 30 years and despite the long term relationship they did not hesitate to attempt to cheat me, and more than once were found to have been lying as well!

    That’s what I get for being a trusting Infidel!

    • tea bagger

      you can never trust them,,,especially our secret muslim president!!

      I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!!

  • bigdave

    ISLAM IS NOT A “RELIGION”! IT IS A FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND CONTROL, ESPECIALLY OF THOSE EVIL WOMEN DONTCHAKNOW! HOW ANY WOMAN CAN PROFESS ISLAM IS BEYOND TODAY’S THOUGHT! NO VOTIING? NO SHOWING OF YOUR FACE? NO DRIVING? NO WORKING? NO TALKING TO ANY MAN OTHER THAN YOUR HUBBY? INSANE PHYSICAL TRAUMA WHEN BORN!? COMEON NOW PEOPLE, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY! TIME TO COME OUT OF YOUR CAVES!

  • Omar Abdulla

    According to Mayor Giuliani, many muslims are Islamofacists, that need to be eliminated.

  • RoadtoFREEDOM

    yeah, I know there are legions of good American Muslims… but geez… Islam is the ONLY major religion right now involved in ALL our wars, ALL our terror attacks, and has openly declared our country ‘the great satan’.

    Top that off with CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood, that lying is an essential element of the Jihad, and that Islam has something called violent Jihad and you have a pretty good, no BS reason to feel uncomfortable having Muslims in our Government.

    Sorry… but the report card on Islam is and F for the sheer magnitude of the problem and how widespread it is. I wish it were otherwise, but I don’t trust ANY Muslim unless I know them personally. It be nice to have a President who didn’t twist into contortions to NOT talk about the Muslim problem or say it’s the ‘religion of peace’ every other second. It’s not… It’s a real f’d up mess, that’s what it is.

    • westvalley

      yeah, I know there are legions of good American Muslims… but geez… Islam is the ONLY major religion right now involved in ALL our wars, ALL our terror attacks, and has openly declared our country ‘the great satan’.

      “Good American Muslims” and “Black Conservatives” are just like Unicorns and leprechauns,,,, you always hear about them but never see one….

      • baal

        There are Black conservatives and libertarians. Unfortunately black America has been monopolized by the Democrat party. One thing I’ve found in regards to my black friends is that they are democrats almost by cultural habit. If you talk to them about the individual issues they’re generally a bit more conservative that Joe average white guy in many regards.

        I think a real Black Republican candidacy–like Herman Cain’s–could do far more for bridging the gap between black and white America than Barack Obama ever did. In fact I think that B.O. has actually made the gap wider. But a black American candidate that advocates for patriotic americanism could bring us together in a real way.

        • westvalley

          But a black American candidate that advocates for patriotic americanism could bring us together in a real way.

          Must be some real good stuff that you are smoking…….

          • southtexasman

            By this you mean a black racist? How about we just put Haley Barbour in black face? same thing.