Herman Cain Begins Walk-back on "Pro-Choice" Statements

As Big Tent Democrat predicted the other day, Herman Cain has begun the walk-back from his seemingly pro-choice statements made the other day to Piers Morgan.

Via Kos, he said today abortions should be illegal but it's up to each family to decide whether to have one.

So it's up to each family to decide whether to break the law? [More...]

The other day to Piers Morgan:

[I]t ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family, and whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn't try to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive decision.

Cain today to Martha MacCallum on Fox:

MacCALLUM: The question is do you believe abortion should be legal in this country for families who want to make that decision?

CAIN: No, no, no, I do not believe abortion should be legal in this country if that’s the question.

MacCALLUM: Then you’re saying that if those circumstances come up and the family does make that decision, that they decide that that is the best thing for this young person, or she decides that on her own if that’s what they decided that it would be an illegal abortion that they would need to seek.

CAIN: It would be an illegal abortion. Look, abortion should not be legal, that is clear, but if that family made a decision to break the law, that is that family’s decision, that’s all I’m trying to stay.

As I pointed out here, Cain's statement to Piers Morgan that it's not the President's job to get involved, was directly contrary to what he said in February, 2011:

I am a firm believer in the dignity of life and support a ban on partial birth abortion. If I were president, I would sign legislation that would protect the sanctity of life.

The more Herman Cain tries to explain, the more he appears to be dissembling. That's the reason he's not presidential material, not his beliefs, which in reality are quite anti-choice.

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    The Herman Cain Walk-Back seems (5.00 / 3) (#3)
    by Anne on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 02:31:24 PM EST
    more like the Hokey-Pokey to me.

    I'm sure this isn't the only issue we'll see him doing that particular dance on.

    Next thing, he'll be telling us that, well, yes, his tax plan would raise taxes on 84% of taxpayers, but they could certainly choose not to pay them; that would be illegal, of course, but, it wouldn't be for him to say what was best for any taxpayer or any family.


    are we absolutely certain (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by cpinva on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 03:29:39 PM EST
    this guy was actually the CEO of godfather's pizza, and president of a regional federal reserve bank? i mean, has anyone checked his fingerprints & DNA. heck, i thought rep. bachmann was the only republican candidate allowed to be overtly stupid right now. i don't count santorum or gingrich because, well, they're santorum and gingrich.

    Good grief (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 04:00:37 PM EST
    But then this doesn't surprise me as I've seen Herman Cain in action for years down here in Ga. He'll say anything to get you to hand over your money to him.

    He's wasted on politics (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Towanda on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 04:50:36 PM EST
    as he will gone so soon.

    And then we will not have this entertainment.

    I want Herman Cain to have a reality tv show, so I can keep laughing my a** off at him every week for years to come.

    There are moments when I wonder if (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Anne on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 05:00:08 PM EST
    Herman Cain was "discovered" on "Jaywalking" with Leno.

    Sounds like (none / 0) (#1)
    by NYShooter on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 02:04:58 PM EST
    he's trying to out-Clinton, Clinton.....

    "depends on what the definition of "is," is."

    lets call a heart and heart (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by jondee on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 02:20:14 PM EST
    no Republican can carry a national election without the Leviticus and Rapture squad firmly on board.

    Whether the candidate is privately a (self-proclaimed) social liberal or not.


    Has any national political cartoonist (none / 0) (#4)
    by christinep on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 02:52:05 PM EST
    sketched an image of Cain turning into a pretzel?

    And, on the 9-9-9 update: I understand that he is beginning to qualify--ahem--that one as well by adding in some deductions & all that. (Flat tax proposals tend to shape-shift that way. 'Wonder what his colleague Perry will do on his?)

    Why are the media talking about Cain? (none / 0) (#9)
    by loveed on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 05:01:40 PM EST
     There is nothing new here, this is Cain. He is not a stranger to republicans, they know him very well. He has always been a republican. His father was probably a republicans. He also is a black republican. Anyone involved in republican political affairs know him very well.They have heard this before.There not surprised.
     This just shows how weak Romney is.