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For Cain, a New Emphasis on Foreign Policy



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Herman Cain may have flubbed badly on a question about “right of return” last May, but he is now ready for primetime, he said in an interview last night.

Addressing those who have said he lacks foreign policy knowledge, Cain told Fox News host Sean Hannity, “To those critics, I would say to them, ‘Do you think I’m dumb enough not to study up on these issues?’ I’ve been studying up on these issues for months.”

“I can now explain right of return to any reporter better than they understand right of return because if you get caught off guard, you go to school and you learn,” Cain added.

He said that he been talking to former ambassadors and national security advisers, and speaking to various experts in order “to get up to speed on some of the situations we have around the world.”

“I challenge anybody to say that I wouldn’t know how to approach foreign policy,” Cain continued, “because unlike some of the other people I at least have a foreign policy philosophy, which is an extension of the Reagan philosophy, peace through strength, and my philosophy is peace through strength and clarity.”  Clarity was crucial, Cain explained, because he wanted to see America’s friends and enemies clearly identified as such.

Noting that experts would be available to explain the nitty-gritty details of a foreign policy situation, Cain added, “What a leader must do is be able to state some fundamental principles and a fundamental philosophy, listen to the input, and then make judgments.”

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