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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain campaigns on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Cookeville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
             Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain campaigns on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Cookeville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)   

Herman Cain: I wasn’t serious about putting electric fence on border

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday he wasn’t being serious when he told a crowd this weekend that he wants an electric fence to span the border along Mexico.

Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory, Cain said, “That’s a joke, David … That’s not a serious plan.”

“I’ve also said America needs to get a sense of humor, Cain added.

A New York Times story on Saturday read, “Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Saturday that part of his immigration policy would be to build an electrified fence on the country’s border with Mexico that could kill people trying to enter the country illegally.”

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