If there is one thing that can be said about Presidential contender Herman Cain, it is that he is a series of contradictions, that is his own. Mr. Cain’s political positions are not only unclear to his supporters, but they appear to be unclear to Cain himself. While Mr. Cain has staunchly promoted himself as a pro-choice opponent, he was quoted in an interview as stating that he was in fact pro-choice “if the mother’s life is in danger”. In an interview with host Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” Cain refused to accept responsibility for his statement and the fact that it had cost him the valuable endorsement of the Iowa Family Leader. Mr. Cain defended himself saying “Obviously, false accusations and confusion about some of my positions has contributed to it, and that was to be expected,” the Republican presidential candidate said. “In terms of the mechanics of the campaign, nothing has gone wrong.”
Herman Cain is now dealing with yet another topic of denial, that being his position on racial profiling. Cain is denying that his proposed “targeted identification” policy is in fact “racial profiling”. Cain had stated in a recent debate, that the Transportation Security Administration could better identify terrorists if they would simply “take a look at the people who have tried to kill us.” Cain responded to these allegations of racial profiling stating “I don’t see it as racial profiling; that’s why I used the term ‘targeted identification,’” Cain said. “Targeted identification is a deliberate approach to figure out patterns associated with people who have tried to kill us.”
Herman Cain first entered the political arena with guns blazing. Like a preacher from the pulpit, Cain caught public attention as he pointed his accusitory finger at Obama, promising to right the President’s wrongs if given half the chance. Some believe Cain intentionally distanced himself from his own race declaring himself not to be African-American but simply a Black American. Mr. Cain has also admitted to not being much of a participant in the Civil Rights movement yet many believe he has reaped the rewards twofold.
There is no question that Mr. Cain has made something of himself. He is clearly a self- made man and that is to be admired but does these achievements qualify Mr. Cain as a man ready to lead the free world? The looming question that remains is do we the public know who the real Herman Cain is and more importantly does he?