Clinton, Karzai make fun of Herman Cain in Afghanistan

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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.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Afghan President Hamid Karzai made fun of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain together in Afghanistan on Thursday, ridiculing comments he made about reporters’ “gotcha questions” on foreign leaders.

They were laughing about Cain’s recent remark that his focus on the American economy is more important than foreign-affairs minutiae. “When they [the media] ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say:  ’You know, I don’t know. Do you know?’” Cain told the Christian Broadcasting Network. “And then I’m going to say, ‘how’s that going to create one job?’” (SPECIAL SECTION: Full coverage of Herman Cain)

The Associated Press reported that during a meeting, “Karzai chipped in Thursday that Cain was referring to ‘all the stans,’ a reference to Central Asian countries. Clinton laughed and, gesticulating with her hands, said, ‘All the `stans places.’”

“That wasn’t right,” Karzai said, according to The Associated Press, “but anyway, that’s how politics are.”

It was also reported that Clinton quickly changed the subject to the weather.

J.D. Gordon, a spokesman for Cain’s campaign, did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Caller.

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