Herman Cain Sort of Supports Electric Fence on U.S. Border With Mexico

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Republican Presidential hopeful Herman Cain is sorry, kind of, and says he was kidding, sorta, for a recent comment about an electric fence protecting the U.S.

Suddenly a bona fide contender for his party's nomination in '12, the Georgia businessman is now facing more intense scrutiny as his poll numbers surge up.

As such, his off-the-cuff comments are coming back to bite him at times ... such as when he called for an electric fence along the U.S. border with Mexico.

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Campaigning in Arizona, Herman Cain appeared with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an aggressive anti-immigration proponent. "It was a joke," Cain said.

"I apologize if I offended anyone. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa."

However, the Phoenix New Times reports it might not be a joke. Cain doesn't want to offend anyone ... but he was kinda serious about the electric deal:

"I don't like to offend anyone, however, I don't apologize for using a combination of a fence. And it might be electrified, I'm not walking away from that."

"I don't want to offend anybody. It was a joke to an extent, but I fully intend to do what we need to do because I'm sensitive to our citizens being hurt."

So he supports it, unless you don't? Spoken like a true politician.

Cain told an audience Saturday that his border fence is "going to be electrified. And there is going to be a sign on the other side that says, 'It will kill you.'"

Well, at least he would put a sign up, right?

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas), who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, took issue with the presidential contender's remarks. Gonzalez said:

"Words have consequences, both in shaping ideas and inspiring actions. Whether or not he made his comments in jest, Mr. Cain's words show a lack of understanding of the immigration issues our country is facing and a staggering lack of sensitivity."

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21-24"You shall not wrong an alien, neither shall you oppress him, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. 22"You shall not take advantage of any widow or fatherless child. 23If you take advantage of them at all, and they cry at all to me, I will surely hear their cry; 24and my wrath will grow hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless."




I do not see anything racist about wanting to protect our borders. It is a huge problem in this country at the present time, as we middle class cease to exist any longer because of these illegal immigrants. I see nothing wrong with what Mr. Cain said. It's time we get a leader in the WH with some guts before this entire country goes down the toilet, though I already believe the U.S. is a sinking ship that will never, ever recover- no matter who becomes our next president.


Actually, not a Cain supporter but completely agree on the need for an electric fence. Well said.


Cain is interesting because on surface he seems to be very knowledgeable and an eloquent speaker. However, when I dig deeper into his positions on issues like healthcare, immigration and economics, thee seems to be a lack of basic understanding of these key issues. Little knowledge is a dangerous thing and Herman Cain appears to personify this.

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