Herman Cain on Principles & Values
A: First, the statement was would I be COMFORTABLE with a Muslim in my administration, not that I wouldn't appoint one. I would not be comfortable because you have peaceful Muslims and then you have militant Muslims, those that are trying to kill us. And so, when I said I wouldn't be comfortable, I was thinking about the ones that are trying to kil us. Second, yes, I do not believe in Sharia law in American courts. I believe in American laws in American courts, period.
Q: So, a purity test or a loyalty test? Ask a Muslim a few questions that you wouldn't ask of a Christian or Jew?
CAIN: Sorry. No, you are restating something I did not say, When you interview a person for a job, you are able to get a feeling for how committed that person is to the Constitution, in order for them to work effectively in the administration.
This whole journey for me--and I didn't know it at the time--started for me on Jan. 22, 1999, when my granddaughter Celina was born. I didn't think I was going to make it back to the hospital from an out-of-town trip in time. But as God's will prevailed, I did get there in time. My wife came out and told me we had a granddaughter. We were both thrilled.
I went inside the delivery room, and my 39-year-old daughter said, "Dad, would you like to hold her?" I took this little 15-minute-old baby in my arms and I looked at that little face. The first thought that went through my mind wasn't about "How do I ensure her future?" but "What do I do to help make this a better nation and a better world?" And that's when my journey started in order to be here.
It was no accident that in some of our earlier years as a free and independent nation that our leaders added "In God We Trust" to all of our currency.
And to send a message to the rest of the world when Communism was on the rise in the 1950s, Congress added the words "under God" to our pledge of allegiance. They were not just words. It was a collective reaffirmation that we know the ultimate source of our greatness as a nation.
America's moral foundation does not need to be rewritten. It needs to be respected and taught to our children and grandchildren. It is the basis for our concept of freedom.ÿ
Cain grabbed headlines in New Hampshire when he made a case for his presidential candidacy in racial terms. "There are some people who will say, `I'm not going to vote for another black guy because this one didn't work out,'" Cain told his audience. "And my response is, well, what about those 43 white guys you put in there? How did they work out? Don't condemn me because the first black one was bad.
They are trying to destroy this country at all costs. They have only three tactics: S-I-N. They shift the subject; they ignore facts; and they name-call.
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GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader