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Cain stumbles on Cuba question in S. Florida



MIAMI — Returning to the state that made him a rising star seven weeks ago, Herman Cain stumped Wednesday morning in South Florida as a different candidate, nagged by questions about his foreign policy expertise and his handling of sexual harassment allegations.

The top-tier Republican presidential candidate began the morning at the Claude and Mildred Pepper Center in Sweetwater and was asked by the crowd to talk about Cuba.

"What about Cuba?" he asked. "One of my principles is: Go to the source closest to the problem. You will find the solution ... I want to get from Cuban leaders (in South Florida) a solution of what we should do."

After a translator spoke, Cain said, "I don't want to take the pressure off. I want to put more pressure on. ... Viva Cuba libre!"

The crowd roared.

Cain, who last week stumbled over questions about what he would do in Libya, seemed to know little about Cuba. (Story here.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:15pm]


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