10.02.11

Herman Cain, Dick Cheney, and More Sunday Talk

Herman Cain calls Rick Perry’s hunting sign “insensitive,” Dick Cheney praises the al-Awlaki killing, and John McCain condemns booing a gay soldier at the GOP debate, and more.

Cain: Perry Hunting Sign Was ‘Insensitive’

Rick Perry might want to embrace his role as resident GOP “piñata.” On Fox News Sunday, 2012 hopeful Herman Cain did not mince his words when addressing a Washington Post story about a racially offensive sign at Perry’s West Texas hunting camp. Cain called the sign, which read “N-----head,” and Perry’s involvement in the matter “very insensitive,” adding, “There isn’t a more vile, negative word than the N-word and for him to leave it there as long as he did…is just plain insensitive to a lot of black people in this country.”

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Cheney: Obama Should ‘Reconsider’ Criticism

Is Dick Cheney looking for an apology? Though the former vice president praised the Obama administration for killing the American-born al Qaeda propogandist Anwar al-Awlaki, Cheney added that the president ought to “reconsider” some of his past criticism of the Bush administration’s defense techniques. Appearing on State of the Union with his daughter Liz, the In My Time author told host Candy Crowley that the Obama administration is pursuing similar techniques. “The Obama administration has clearly reached the point where they’ve agreed they need to be tough and aggressive in defending the nation and using some of the same techniques that the Bush administration did,” he said.

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McCain: We Should Honor All Soldiers

Coulda, woulda, shoulda: While John McCain didn’t support the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the senator told Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation that the GOP candidates should have responded differently when the audience booed a gay soldier at a recent Fox News debate. Responding to the president’s GOP-bashing comments at a gay-rights dinner, McCain said that the Republican candidates should have stood up for the gay soldier. “When you’re in a debate, you’re thinking about what you’re going to say and what the question is going to be. It’s hard to react sometimes,” he said. “…I would bet that every Republican on that stage did not agree with that kind of behavior.”

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Are Black Voters ‘Brainwashed’?

Herman Cain certainly thinks so. On This Week, the pizza magnate defended his controversial remarks that African Americans have been “brainwashed” against voting for conservative candidates. When pressed by Christiane Amanpour if he really believed black voters were susceptible to manipulation, the 2012 hopeful said he has proof: “Some black people won’t even listen to someone who appears to be a conservative or a Republican. I call that brainwashing.” And, if that wasn’t enough controversy, the 2012 hopeful also rehashed his views on Sharia law, adding that he truly believes that some people want to “infuse” it into the U.S. courts. 

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McDonnell Open to a VP Run

Bob McDonnell doesn’t have anything on the Chris Christie presidential guessing game, but the head of the Republican Governors Association hinted at a run for vice president. On Meet the Press, the Virginia governor said he’d welcome the invitation to run if it came up: “Well look, if somebody called and said you could help our country—help our ticket—I think any of us would think about it.” For now, however, McDonnell is staying put to focus on his state and supporting the GOP candidates in their “intersquad scrimmage”—without jumping into the game himself, that is.

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‘Panting’ After Chris Christie

Why is the media so enamored by reluctant candidates, like Chris Christie? On Reliable Sources, Lauren Ashburn, a contributing editor to The Huffington Post, said she attributes the fickle nature of campaign coverage to “Attention Deficit Disorder” that pervades the news business. “If somebody new pops onto the screen—oh my gosh—the cameras turn immediately to that person. We get bored with Romney and Perry and Bachmann. We know their story,” Ashburn said. So, which way will the cameras turn next?

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Liz Cheney: Obama Same as GOP on Gay Rights

The DADT repeal might have officially gone into effect in September, but Liz Cheney said she believes the president is no different from Republicans when it comes to LGBT rights. Dick Cheney’s daughter and the co-author of his book In My Time said on State of the Union that Obama’s message depends on his audience. “I suspect that there are a lot of people who are watching his speech in that room last night, wondering whether they could believe what he was saying, frankly,” Cheney said of the president’s speech at a gay rights dinner where he condemned the booing of a gay soldier at a GOP debate. “His position on these issues hasn’t been that different from where many of the Republican candidates are.”

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