Republican Candidate Herman Cain Under Fire for Abortion Comments

By: Joe Johns Email
By: Joe Johns Email

10/25/2011 --

Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain is on damage control after comments he made about abortion. Cain's opponents and conservatives think he's sounding too much like President Obama.

The talk about abortion between Piers Morgan and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain started out pretty predictably.

But then Cain -- who usually sounds like a conservative, adds that as president he would not impose his beliefs on families.

"So what I'm saying is, it 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."

Reaction among social conservatives was not pretty. The word choice is code for almost everything the anti abortion movement opposes.

Bob Vander Plaats, the powerful president of the Family Leader Christian Policy organization in Iowa, said Cain had taken a pro-choice position.

The competition on the campaign trail pounced too. "It is a liberal canard to say I am personally pro-life, but government should stay out of that decision. If that is your view you are not pro-life. You are pro having your cake and eating it too," said Republican candidate Rick Perry.

"You can't be for... Be pro-life and then say people have a choice to do whatever they want," added Rick Santorum.

Michelle Bachmann pointed out that Cain's position sounded a lot like the Democrat now in the White House.

"President Obama also believes that the government should not intervene when it comes to the issue of abortion. I believe that the government must intervene."

Cain tried to change course, appearing on Fox News announcing that abortion should not be legal.

Meanwhile on the Christian Broadcasting Network he said if elected president he'd sign a constitutional amendment banning abortion. The problem is, presidential signatures are not required on constitutional amendments.

One Republican strategist said Cain's best damage control may be to admit the mistake, but blame it on being a newcomer to politics.

"What I would say, look, that is exactly why I should be your nominee. I am not a polished politician. I just speak from my heart, I speak from my knowledge, I speak from my head," said Republican strategist Rich Galen.

Cain says he believes the uproar was created by the way his comments have been edited.

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  • by TJ on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    Not expressing an opinion on abortion either way, but there are lots of laws concerning what men and women can and can't do with their bodies. To me, that argument is just not very strong. The POTUS seems to be an outsider to this equation anyway.
  • by anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:47 PM
    Newt's the brightest bulb in the bunch, even if not the prettiest. That's enough for me.
  • by Chuck Location: Tally on Oct 25, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    Who cares? He has said he would not push his beliefs on others and that's good enough for me. Too bad these anti-abortion people and pro-choice people don't put as much effort into helping the kids who are already here as much as they do with the babies not yet born.
  • by IF Location: NF on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    The media is attempting to discredit Cain by exploiting his statements and ideas. Cain doesn't fit the political staus quo mold yet his impact on present day presidential politics is amazing. The conservative press is pushing Romney and the liberal press is pushing Obama, both represent the failed political establishment, Romney Care/Obama Care, tweedle-dee/tweedle-dum, etc! If abortion is against the law, except in cases of incest & rape, and a woman/family decides to break the law it IS her/their decision/choice. What's wrong with Cain's comments?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    Too bad he back-peddled on this, because he was right to begin with. It IS a decision the mother should make.
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      by Jack on Oct 26, 2011 at 03:54 AM in reply to
      Are you saying 1.) The father has no say in the decision? and 2). A decision was not made at the time the conception process started?
  • by L on Oct 25, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    I agree wth Cain, and I agree with his advisors. He is new to politics, but he's not new to business. It isn't government's place to decide what goes on IN my body. At the same time, I'm pro-life. Yes, those kinds of people live and breathe.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    I agree with him on that point. nobody's business but the child bearer. have you ever noticed the majority of people against abortion are MEN?? let 1 of them go thru labor and see if he still has that viewpoint. too many humans on this planet already. time to slow the birthrate down. planned parenthood comes to mind.
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      by give it a break on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:36 PM in reply to
      I respect that women go through labor..but, this whole "let 1 of them go thru labor" is getting old. I say do it without an epidural and show me what kind of woman you are. PP has aborted over 48 million "bunches of cells" since 1973, should they be kickin' it into high gear and double their efforts?
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      by Jack on Oct 26, 2011 at 03:58 AM in reply to
      There are ways to 'slow down' other than abortion. I had not noticed that more men are against abortion. And your argument that going through labor would change a position on abortion is funny. I might think twice about how I got into the problem in the first place, rather than pushing for an escape clause.
  • by horse hockey on Oct 25, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    I saw the interview, this is much to do about nothing. He said he was against abortion and then said as President that he wouldn't push his beliefs onto others - EXACTLY what I want my President to say. C'mon Cain in 2012!!!
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      by Tallynole on Oct 25, 2011 at 01:34 PM in reply to horse hockey
      The point is.. If he is "against" abortion but doesn't want to push his belief onto others.. Then he really isn't what pro-life stands for (apperently). Not that I mind since I am a male and have no right to push my decision on others anyway in this subject, but it seems like pandering to the pro-lifers with one side of his mouth and the pro-choicers with the other side.. you can't have it both ways...
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        by Jack on Oct 26, 2011 at 04:05 AM in reply to Tallynole
        You lost me there - as a male you have no right to push you decision on others, yet your made a Cain for saying he would not push his decision on others? Or you don't think Cain should have an opinion on the subject, period, because he won't push the opinion that he doesn't have on others? I think he has on opinion on the subject, which is fine. And he's saying that he is not going to make others accept his opinion. It may be up for debate, but the process will run it's course, rather than executive rulings. I do not agree with abortion (as well as a lot of other things people do). But it's their choice, and I live with that. But don't take my money in taxes and use it for the things that I don't agree with, or even promote these ideas.
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      by Bubba on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM in reply to horse hockey
      The liberal media is twisting every word any republican says!They will lie on their mothers grave to try and destroy anyone who is conservative! They are immoral little people who are doing the devils work! Go Herman Cain!
  • by m on Oct 25, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    One of these days in the near future, someone is going to finally tell the Christian right that they are a MINORITY and that their "values" are based on pre-historic male dominance almost akin to Islamic Sha'aria law. The big difference will be polygamy, although with the number of serial marriages, that's as close to polygamy as you can get. Betcha' this gets a LITERAL TON OF ADVERSE REPLIES since the truth hurts!
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      by TJ on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM in reply to m
      It's not the "truth", it's simply your opinion. I respect your right to express your opinion. And I do indeed disagree. You have either a limited or skewed view of what the New Testament teaches concerning family.
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      by Jack on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:24 AM in reply to m
      So what are your values and what, if anything, are they based on?
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