Your morning jolt: Herman Cain corrects his Sunday statement on Israel

Following a week-old Republican tradition, newly announced presidential candidate Herman Cain last night corrected a statement he’d made on a Sunday interview program only a few hours before.

The venue of his error was “Fox News Sunday,” during a debut appearance that strayed into foreign affairs and the question of whether ousted Palestinians should have the “right of return” to Israel.

See the entire 13-minute clip here:

Said Cain, after bashing President Barack Obama’s speech last week on the topic of peace negotiations:

”I don’t think [Israelis] have a big problem with people returning. The issue is there are some things that they simply do not want to give in on.

Actually, Israel has a very large problem with the “right of return,” as Cain acknowledged last night:

”All Israeli governments have rejected the ‘right’ of large numbers of Arabs or Palestinians to return to what is now the state of Israel. Such an en masse return would unbalance Israel’s demographic makeup as the world’s sole Jewish state.”

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Meanwhile, former Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich was on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” looking to repair damage done by his appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the week before.

The topic of the Tiffany account was raised. Gingrich and his wife once owed as much as $500,000 to the jewelry company.

From the Wall Street Journal:

“We are very frugal,” Mr. Gingrich said in trying to explain the account, which he described as a “normal way of doing business.” He said the account was always paid off and was a standard revolving credit line. Pressed by host Bob Schieffer, Mr. Gingrich declined to say what he bought from the jeweler – “It’s my private life” – and insisted he and his wife “don’t do elaborate things.”

“I am debt free. If the U.S. government was as debt free as I am everybody in America would be celebrating,” he said.

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If you want to know why U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., today distances himself from House Republican plans for Medicare, look no further than this piece from Roll Call:

Two polls released over the weekend showed Democrat Kathy Hochul leading Republican Jane Corwin, giving Democrats new optimism about pulling off an upset Tuesday in a western New York special election.

Hochul led Corwin 42 percent to 36 percent in a poll released late Sunday by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm. The results closely mirrored those of a Siena Research Institute poll released Saturday that also showed Hochul at 42 percent, but ahead of Corwin by 4 points.

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Much of America is bent out shape this morning by an appearance by former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney on Libyan TV over the weekend.

But that anger might be better directed at an appearance on Iranian TV that was just posted here Sunday.

McKinney claimed America’s tea party movement had been “hijacked” by the Republican part to tamp down a rebellion – and said her defeat in a Democratic primary in 2006 by Hank Johnson was due in large part to her refusal to pledge support to Israel.

It will make a fine piece of Iranian propaganda:

Press TV: I just want to get into this pledge a little bit more. So this is basically something that is mandatory, that every Congressperson has to sign saying that what Jerusalem as you said is the capital of Israel, and what else?

McKinney: You make a commitment that you would vote to support the military superiority of Israel that the economic assistant that Israel wants that you would vote to provide that.

>Press TV: This is not a question for the Congress people serving — that they are representing or they are supposed to be representing the people of the United States, not a foreign country, and yet they have to pledge allegiance to a foreign state? No one questions this?

McKinney: That is what I was asked to do, and I made it public. Probably, nobody has said anything about it. But I made it public and then you know the excuse was well those were just overzealous advocates for Israel. So then the tactic changed, but this is what is done for 535 members of the United States Congress. One hundred senators and 435 members of the House of Representatives have to now write a paragraph which basically says the same thing.

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The good people of Savannah seem to have found a way to defuse protests by that Kansas church that declares American war dead are God’s judgment for tolerance of homosexuality: Humor. From today’s Morning News:

”[I]t should come as no surprise that as the Westboro Baptist Church group stopped at several churches Sunday, they were greeted by more than 200 locals who treated the affair with an almost festival atmosphere. There were funny hats, even funnier posters and a general sense that these tourists would be gone soon enough, too.

Ensuring order between the two at each stop were about 20 Savannah-Chatham metro police officers, most of whom shared the same detached air that seemed to say they had encountered far more sinister forces in the dark stairwells on River Street.

“It’s a hullabaloo about nothing,” proclaimed Bays Anderson, a bass vocalist in the choir at First Baptist Church. “They don’t know us at all.”

….At each stop, Act Out Savannah volunteers monitored counterprotesters. The human rights group spent the preceding weeks studying the Topeka, Kan.-based church led by disbarred attorney Fred Phelps. Act Out knows the group spews hateful slogans in the hope of inciting a reaction that will let them file a lawsuit and collect damages.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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72 comments Add your comment

Tom

May 23rd, 2011
9:29 am

The Westboro crowd should start hanging out with McKinney. That way, they could at least rightfully claim they’re not the craziest ones in the room.

Douglas

May 23rd, 2011
9:33 am

Next time Cynthia is out of the country, we need to revoke her passport. And we also need to un-name that part of I-285 on the southeast corner for her. Naming stuff for un-dead people is stupid!

DannyX

May 23rd, 2011
9:34 am

This is why we love you Jim!

Mixed nuts make for a great party!

Atlmom

May 23rd, 2011
9:46 am

Right of return really refers to the fact that if you are Jewish – the state of Israel will take you and you will become a citizen.
Of course, the arabs have hijacked that idea and are assuming they have some right to live in the state of Israel, which they do not. Nothing in their history indicates that *that* land is theirs. And if the arabs are so intent on the ‘right of return’ then they should let their arab ‘cousins’ return to the arab lands. It is so very simple, but as usual, Israel is made out to be the bad guy.

DannyX

May 23rd, 2011
9:46 am

Gingrich, Cain and McKinney.

Georgia is pretty much the laughingstock of the country.

joe

May 23rd, 2011
10:08 am

McKinney should not be allowed back in the country…hope the customs agents at the airport revoke her passport and deny her entry. Ship her back to Iran…they can have her for keeps. Let’s trade her for the 3 hikers being held hostage there…even swap.

John

May 23rd, 2011
10:14 am

What other countries are there in the world for just one religion ? Isn’t forcibly removing people to maintain a one religion demographic makeup constitute religious extremism ? If some Christian fanatics chased me from my home i would hope i would have the right to return to my property.

Watchdog

May 23rd, 2011
10:18 am

AtlMom – you need to brush up on your knowledge of the middle east and how the state of Israel came to be.

ProgressivePeach

May 23rd, 2011
10:22 am

Cain needs the “right of return” to go back to being Neil Bootz’s backup host. He clearly doesn’t have the intellectual candlepower to run the most powerful nation on early. Heck, given his track record running Enron-like Aquila, he’s not even smart enough to run a company — which he claims is his strength.

findog

May 23rd, 2011
10:30 am

The Islamic Arab’s took over Jerusalem by winning a war. They lost the same when they attacked Israel in 1967 and got their butts handed to them. What mental midget thinks that conquered deserve to dictate terms?

findog

May 23rd, 2011
10:39 am

John, the Middle East is riddled with mono religious nations. Israel by the way offers citizenship to all people of the Jewish faith which does not preclude gentiles from being citizens unlike Saudi Arabia.

Suwanee Observer

May 23rd, 2011
10:40 am

Herman Cain once again demonstrates that his is an empty suit and a complete fraud. I witnessed the exchange with Chris Wallace on Fox and the “deer in the headlights” look on Cain’s face when Wallace asked him about the right of return was priceless. How those in the Tea Party can consistently support people like Cain, Palin and Bachmann all of whom have the intellectual capacity of a gnat is beyond me. As for his positions on the Middle East he has clearly received his AIPAC talking points and will toe the line as another unquestioning and uncritical supporter of our so called ally Israel. This type of uncritical and unconditional support ensures Israel will continue to suck $3 billion a year from US taxpayers despite the fact that they are in far better economic condition than we are. As Atlmom, over 95% of the land, upon which the State of Israel was created, was populated by the indigenous Palestinian Arabs. The west, most particularly the US & UK, needed to salve their collective guilt for failing to take in more European Jewish refugees during the Holocaust and decided that this territory should be given to the surviving European Jews as a homeland. The only problem is no one bothered to check with the people already living there.

Hot Dog

May 23rd, 2011
10:41 am

Herman Cain is JOKE! Why did he hide the FACT that he is an associate minister at a local church in Atlanta? If he is a minister, why is he involved in politics? The bible teaches us…You CANNOT serve TWO (2) masters. If Herman is a minister, why is he try to serve (2) masters?

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

May 23rd, 2011
10:47 am

Cain, Gingrich, Pawlenty and Mittens are in the race with Huntsman, Palin, Bachmann and Perry threatening to enter. Tell me the primaries are not going to be a hoot.

hsgrad

May 23rd, 2011
10:54 am

Winning a war does not grant the “victor” the legal right to engage in expulsion of residents from their homes….and
this Israeli policy did not stop with the 1967 war, they continue to steal lands which the Palestinians have lived upon
for hundreds of years. Yes, to Right of Return!

Danny O

May 23rd, 2011
10:55 am

Hey Jim, the link for the Cynthia McKinney intvw is bad; I think this is what you were aiming for:
http://www.presstv.com/detail/181233.html

Ryan Shakur

May 23rd, 2011
10:58 am

Somebody tell presidential candidate Cain that I’d like pepperoni, italian sausage and mushrooms on my deep dish pizza please. Oh, and I need it in 30 minutes or less, or it’s free!

John K

May 23rd, 2011
11:01 am

I just love what the GOP is doing to itself. This is what happens when you promote anti-intellectualism; idiot candidates speaking in front of the camera.

As for McKinney, where has that loon been these last few years?

Just Nasty & Mean

May 23rd, 2011
11:10 am

Many left wing writers and so-called journalist will take a point like Herman Cain’s not having a a total and complete understanding of Israel’s position as a chance to attach him as stupid and not with it. However, those same writers will completely ignore the recorded fact Obama thought there were 57 states, never knew of Jeremiah Wright’s radical teachings, has never run a snow-cone stand–much less a F100 company, has never had a job in the private sector nor produced a SINGLE job prior to being president–and then w/ taxpayer money.

Nope—never wrote about any of that–did you Jim?

…but let a conservative not know ONE FACT about Israel’s policy and he is labeled “Stupid”.

Palin was labeled as stupid for not telling world class ditz Katie Couric what magazines she read.

Can you say~~~DOUBLE STANDARD?

Just Nasty & Mean

May 23rd, 2011
11:14 am

…and one other thing. Herman Cain isn’t standing in front of 15,000 people with a teleprompter spoon feeding him what to say.

Ever write about that, Jim?

Hot Dog

May 23rd, 2011
11:15 am

Sorry! The sentence is suppose to read: If Herman is a minster, why is he trying to serve (2) two masters? Sorry for the error!

Dean

May 23rd, 2011
11:16 am

Just to make things clear there are millions of Jews who were ousted from Arab countries, with 1 about 1 days notice. They lost everything which was usually a far far more than any Palestinian has lost. They were the top of society and had to leave in 1 day. Israel took them in and they came with nothing.
Lets start with their compensation first of many billions then we can talk about what few pennies the Palestinian lost.

Listen, - you just might learn some propaganda

May 23rd, 2011
11:18 am

Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich keep correcting their stupid statements.

These two bozos are not presidential material.

joe

May 23rd, 2011
11:18 am

Love how the liberal left, including the AJC, slams Cain at every turn. Try as you might, but we independent thinkers who choose not to drink the establishment kool aid, fully realize that the one candidate who scares the bejeezus out of Dems and BHO is Herman Cain. Reason why? He is the anti-Obama and he completely takes away the race card that you so love to play every chance you get. No, he’s never been elected, but to me that is a positive. After all, the only thing Obama had to offer was 163 days of voting present while in congress before running for president. Cain actually ran businesses, created jobs and met payroll…while Obama organized his community.

Hot Dog

May 23rd, 2011
11:24 am

Hey Just Nasty & Mean…You continue to harp on Rev. Wright, what about Billy Graham, his nitwit son, Franklin, Bozo the clown, John Hagee and the most notable..Jerry Falwell. Were you asleep at the switch or stuck on stupid when these so call me of God were disparaging other races and creeds? I say, get a life! I assure you, Rev. Wright could care less about you and your following!

Ag Nostic

May 23rd, 2011
11:25 am

Didn’t take long for the national media to expose Cain as a fraud. As ignorant as Palin, he won’t garner much attention in the long run.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

May 23rd, 2011
11:25 am

If Lester Maddox was alive the Tea Party would fall in line behind him like the Pied Piper. I can just see him now twirling an ax handle around his head as he rallies the troops forward and onward.

Cythia McKinney is an airhead who, unfortunately, is unaware of the extent of ignorance.

And, Cain, bless his heart, won’t make it to first base. He and Gingrich keep steppin’ on their. . .

And, so it goes in the land of the delusional. . . .

GaBlue

May 23rd, 2011
11:26 am

McKinney is proof that the Republicans do not, as it would so often appear, OWN the institution of bat-poop crazy. It is simply not fair (even after what we’ve seen in the past few weeks!) to characterize all Republicans as delusional whacktoids, when in fact, occasionally, a Democrat proves to be just as bat-poop. Just as Repubs are not (despite what they tell you) the sole owners of God, morals, the American flag, family values, and the practice of working for one’s paycheck, they also do not hold the exclusive patent on whacktoid, and I wish people would stop insisting that they do!

John K

May 23rd, 2011
11:31 am

Cain actually met payroll? Give that man a trophy.

The Tea Party: Directing the nation to become the 9th largest pizza chain.

G. Macquire

May 23rd, 2011
11:32 am

Herman Cain is an excellent candidate for President! Compared to the current empty head in that office he is much better qualified for President. Look at the gaffs made by BHO and his administration, most recently concerning Isreal . Isreal’s prime minister made BHO look like a little kid, not the leader of the free world! It shows how totally unprepared and inept BHO is to be our leader. I am tired of professional politicians running the country into the ground. I am tired of the big lies and stupid comments that BHO constantly makes, aren’t you?

I want someone in charge that has business experience, has integrety, has good ideas not just catchy buzz words (hope & change comes to mind) and is not a life long politician to run the country for a while. Mr. Cain has demonstrated all of these traits. I want people running the country that take the economy and our government over spending seriously! I want people running the country who really care more for saving our beloved country, rather than buying votes with our tax dollars. I want people to take responsibility for themselves rather than being slaves to the government. I want a leader who will make the hard decisions that must be made to keep our country solvent. We must cut spending, there is no other way to save our nation.

We must stop sending our money overseas to buy oil and other goods, that means we need to cut corporate taxes and start drilling for our own oil and gas. We need to mine more coal and use it. We need to build more nuclear plants. Herman Cain is for all of this. BHO has used his power to prevent developing our own conventional energy sources. This makes us slaves to other countries. It must end!

CB

May 23rd, 2011
11:35 am

John, at least a chain is viable when it has employees – wait your Obama wants everyone to work for HIS government – yeah that ,makes sense! Cain has a legacy for success, more than I can say for the Democrats!

hsgrad

May 23rd, 2011
11:36 am

@Dean. I’m not familiar with the “history” you cite. Will you educate me on specifics? What is the date of this “one day”
expulsion.

Suffering is suffering, regardless of numbers or ethnic origin.

John K

May 23rd, 2011
11:38 am

Right, because running a pizza chain and a government are the exact same thing. And when did I say anything about “my Obama?”

Listen, - you just might learn some propaganda

May 23rd, 2011
11:39 am

`
Empty head Herman Cain is an awful candidate for President.
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Just Nasty & Mean

May 23rd, 2011
11:40 am

John K…you silly dolt. You HAVE to be reading left wing tripe for not knowing Herman Cain was a senior executive at F100 company Pillsbury before he was handed GodFathers to turn around. And you silly uninformed lightweights continue to conveniently forget Herman Cain was the Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve. Yep. He knows banks. Oh, did you also not know Cain has a Master’s in Computer Science from Perdue? Didn;t know that from the mainstream media, did you.

Go ahead. Ignore the facts. Stick your head in the sand and watch Obama take this country further down the pooper.

And when your kids ask you what you did to save freedom…you can say—I voted for Obama.

Aquagirl

May 23rd, 2011
11:43 am

GaBlue
11:26 am
McKinney is proof that the Republicans do not, as it would so often appear, OWN the institution of bat-poop crazy

Yeah, but she’s proof the Republicans KEEP their bat-poop crazies, instead of kicking them to the curb.

John K

May 23rd, 2011
11:44 am

Perdue? Our former governor?

That’s fine JNM, stick with Cain. Great thing about this country is everyone has the right to throw their support behind a lost cause.

Hot Dog

May 23rd, 2011
11:49 am

Newt. the lying , adulterous looser, running for president. Now that’s real funny. It’s going to be very interesting to see this looser even make it to the primaries.

As far as Herman Cain, remember the Bradley effect in California and the Johnny Isakson effect in Georgia? OK voters, let’s see if you will vote for our boy Hermie, this time around. I say, Hermie won’t have a chance in this state or any other state in the south.

Hot Dog

May 23rd, 2011
11:55 am

Hey G. Macquire… Were you tired of the LIES wubya and cheney were telling you and the rest of the American suckers? Where’s the weapons of MASS Destruction? What about those lies that sent us to war? What about the bail out to the banks in Sept ‘08?

Barb

May 23rd, 2011
11:57 am

Herman Cain is the one who can turn this economy around. He has my vote.
Of course the media is going to tear him apart over everything he gets wrong and will ignore everything he has right.
He doesn’t have to know everything about our foreign affairs. He is experienced at surrounding himself with good people and advisers.
He does know economics, how to rescue a failing business, and he is a mathmatician. He left Bill Clinton scratching his head in 1994, and had a hand in detroying HillaryCare with his expertise.

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Jamie B

May 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm

Another “Wild west shootout” by Blacks in Atlanta….and Cindy Tucker complains on and on about Republican, Tea Party members and Conservatives.

shelley wynter

May 23rd, 2011
12:31 pm

I love herman as a person and radio show host (sometimes a little dry and humorless), as a presidential candidate he is not there. Bottom line is this-if you run for office (senate) and lose BIG. then presidency should be out of the question. You cant run once, lose and then run for a higher office. And no Obama’s lose in congressional does not count because he ran twice more and won.

Obvious

May 23rd, 2011
12:49 pm

Just Nasty and Mean is about to be Just Defeated and Sad!
FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!!!!

Cutty

May 23rd, 2011
12:51 pm

These same folks on Herman Cain’s knob now were the same people that voted for Isakson in 2004 because they didn’t want ‘one of those people’ representing their state. Why the change now? He hasn’t done anything of substance since except host a radio show. You ‘pubs are scrapping the bottom of the barrel.

Jamie B

May 23rd, 2011
12:56 pm

@ Cutty

“one of those people”? What exactly do you mean?

G. Macquire

May 23rd, 2011
12:57 pm

Hot Dog,
Did you forget that the US congress, most of the world governments and the United Nations thought that Hussein in Iraq had large stocks of weapons of mass distruction based on several indicators including the fact that he used them on the Kurds, and would not allow the UN inspectors to check for them according to the resolution that ended the first Iraq war? There were 30 plus other countries that allied with the USA to go to war against Hussein based on the same data that we had concerning those WMDs. President Bush made his decision and the US Congress agreed with the decision based on the available data at the time, therefore there was no lie involved. A lie is deliberately making a false statement knowing at the time tha the statement is false. Considering the time in history and the information known at the time, President Bush made the right call. Unfortunately only small amounts of WMDs were found, not the huge stockpiles that everyone assumed there were. Still there was no lie involved. You need a better answer than “Bush Lied”.

Truth Hurts

May 23rd, 2011
1:01 pm

“..You ‘pubs are scrapping the bottom of the barrel…”

And a Community Organizer is the “top of the heap”? LOL!

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