Referring to the flap over his comments on abortion during a CNN interview last night, Herman Cain said his remarks were “misconstrued.”
Noting that the president was limited in what he could do to change abortion laws, Cain emphasized in an interview with Sean Hannity today that he intended to only appoint judges who would be true to the original intent of the Constitution. He said he opposed government funding of abortion and Planned Parenthood. “I am 100 percent pro-life,” he said.
He expanded a little on his 9-9-9 plan and how it would impact low-income Americans. When Hannity asked if even the poor would have to pay a 9 percent tax on cars, Cain said they would if they bought new cars, but not used cars. He said the same standard applied to houses: newly-constructed ones would be slapped with a 9 percent tax, but not “used” homes being sold again.
Cain also made it clear he won’t be switching his 9 percent federal sales tax to any other kind of tax (Steve Moore has recommended making that a payroll tax) anytime soon. He stressed that people needed to become comfortable with a federal sales tax if the country was eventually going to switch over to say, a 23 percent sales tax. Cain plans to eventually replace his 9-9-9 plan with a fair tax plan.
Talking about the spat over immigration that occurred between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, Cain criticized Perry for talking over Romney, an action that Cain said meant Perry had “shot himself in the foot.”
“I think it reflected negatively on Perry. … I think Mitt handled himself well,” Cain said, commenting that Romney was trying to have a “civil conversation.”
But he also said he was not offended by the fact that Perry had called him “brother,” noting that he’d often been called “brother” before.