Cain and Bachmann Stumble in Quotes

Posted on October 21, 2011

Michelle Bachmann made another one of  her gaffs during the GOP debate in Nevada this week.  It was a stunning mistake and not a slip up.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) criticized President Obama’s foreign policy during Tuesday night’s CNN debate, saying, “Now with the president, he put us in Libya. He is now putting us in Africa. We already were stretched too thin, and he put our special operations forces in Africa,” she said.

Libya, it should be noted, is in Africa.

Bachmann was referring to Obama’s recent announcement that he will be sending 100 U.S. troops to Uganda to help battle rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army. [HuffPo]

Then Herman Cain made it clear in an interview that homosexuality was a choice.  There goes the gay vote. So many sincerely believe that it is a  choice but for his sake, he might have avoided getting into it when a hot button issue could endanger his lead.  That is not to say he should be dishonest.  There  is a sense in which candidates should be able to say at some points “that is a matter of personal belief and I prefer not to discuss it.”

Does the above mean that Americans have seen the last of leaders with a knowledge of  geography and a sense of how to proceed?  Will candidates ever learn to “stifle themselves” as Archie Bunker’s wife used to say in All in the Family?

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