Herman Cain froze when asked if he agreed with how President Obama handled Libya, saying, "I've got all of this stuff twirling around in my head" during a sit down with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board Monday.
Cain started to say he did not agree with the president and then stopped himself saying, "No, that's a different one." About twenty seconds later he asked for further clarification, "Specifically, what are you asking me that I agree or not disagree with Obama?"
Eventually, Cain said that he would have done a better job assessing the Libya opposition "but might have caused us to end up at the same place." He also said he did not support Qaddaffi killing his own people and "would have supported many of the things they did to have stopped that."
Cain stressed that because he is a businessman, he is a much more deliberate "decision maker". "Some people want to say as a President you're supposed to know everything-no you don't." Cain says he was not trying to "hedge" on the question but he doesn't want to answer questions unless he has all of the information and in the case of Libya he wasn't privy to the same information. "That's my nature as a businessman; I need to know all of the alternatives."
During Saturday night's CBS/NJ foreign policy debate Cain said the administration had mishandled the Arab spring, including Libya. "As a result, they have gotten totally out of hand. Our relationship with Egypt may not survive. Because when this president backed the opposition, it turned out that opposition was more of the Muslim Brotherhood, which could end up with a majority of control of this new government. This president has already said that the president of Yemen should go. He is our friend. He has been helping us to fight al Qaeda. This president has been on the wrong side in nearly every situation in the Arab world, which has basically done nothing except to put that entire thing at risk."
Cain was also weighed in on collective bargaining in Wisconsin and Ohio. Cain believes employees should have collective bargaining but not "collective hijacking". "I support as long as it doesn't create an undue burden on the state, the government, the taxpayer."
Herman Cain made time for half hour sit down with the paper's editorial board during a busy fundraising schedule in Wisconsin.