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Cain’s Foreign Policy Team

Herman Cain, of “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan” fame, now has a team of foreign policy advisers, reports Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog:


In August, consultant and former Navy officer J.D. Gordon was ready to launch a new foreign policy and national security think tank called the Center for Security and Diplomacy…and then he got a call from Herman Cain.

“We were a few days away from making CSD’s website public. Now most of the think thank is being absorbed by the Cain campaign,” Gordon told The Cable in an interview. The Cain team saw Gordon on one of his many Fox News appearances, where he served as an expert commentator. He joined the campaign on Sept. 1 as the vice president for communications and senior advisor for foreign policy and national security.

Now, about two months into his time with Cain, Gordon is leading the expansion of the campaign’s national security infrastructure, drawing heavily from the think tank he had been developing before Cain brought him on.

More details, including the names of Cain’s advisers, in the full piece here. And, perhaps with an eye to the two foreign policy debates slated for November, the Cain campaign is making sure Cain gets drilled on some foreign policy details:

And after Cain famously announced this month he did not know the name of the president of “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan,” the campaign made up a list of over 20 foreign leaders for Cain to commit to memory.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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