Cain Offers Common Sense Solutions on Immigration
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain clarified his position on illegal immigration in an appearance Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation
When asked about his controversial remarks calling for an electrified fence along the U.S.-Mexican border, Cain called his comments an “over-exaggeration.” The tea party favorite also said he was speaking “in jest” when he suggested that a border fence be backed by a moat filled with alligators.
“That was totally in jest, Bob,” Cain told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “Some people are getting used to my sense of humor and as I get more attention I will tone down the sense of humor until I become president, because America needs to get a sense of humor.”
The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO then offered his policy position on solving the immigration crisis.
“First secure the border for real. That will be secure with the fence, not necessarily electric, but a fence. Another part with technology and another part with troops because of some of the areas that are so dangerous. So it will be a combination of the three,” he said.
Cain then offered support for the tough new immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama, saying the actions those states have taken were “the right thing to do.”
“We’ve got to enforce the laws that are already there,” Cain said. “And we’ve got to empower the state to do what the federal government is not doing. I was in Alabama yesterday. They passed some laws and now the Justice Department, the Obama administration, is coming down on them, just like they came down on Arizona. I don’t agree with that. I believe that the actions that Alabama took to try to defend themselves and then do something about this is the right thing to do.”
Cain’s plain-spoken, common sense solutions are gaining ground with voters in the key state of Iowa. According to a new Des Moines Register Poll published Saturday, Cain now leads the pack in the Hawkeye State with 23 percent of respondents, followed closely by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 22 percent. Cain’s narrow victory falls well within the poll’s +/- 4.9 percentage point margin of error, leaving the two in a statistical dead heat.
Cain also is gaining ground with key leaders in the Tea Party movement. Speaking Sunday on ABC’s This Week, FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey offered high praise for the Atlanta businessman, Newsmax reports.
"We like Herman Cain's authenticity, but one thing you can say clearly: He's not a politician," said the former Republican House majority leader. "He's got a personal record of accomplishment that none of them can match. He dares to campaign very directly and in a manner that doesn't seem to be beleaguered by an excess of advice from political professionals. We like Herman Cain a great deal."