In a Saturday night snooze-fest billed as a second-coming of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, businessman Herman Cain and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spent much of the evening agreeing with each other while discussing entitlement reform.
Gingrich had a stronger command of the issues at hand in the debate, while Cain passed off a fairly technical question on personal health care accounts as an alternative to Medicare, telling Gingrich after a pause “Uh, you go first.” After Gingrich responded, Cain confused the issue with personal retirement accounts for Social Security.
In one of the few highlights of the ‘debate,’ Gingrich took a shot at President Barack Obama, calling him a liar:
“This president is about as candid and accurate as Bernie Madoff in what he tells the American people,” Gingrich said, building off a comment from Cain about the next president needing to be a “Communicator in Chief.”
Cain vaguely addressed the media attention he has received over sexual harassment allegations, saying, “there are too many people in the media who are downright dishonest.”
Asked by Gingrich of his biggest surprise running for President, Cain replied: “the nitpickiness of the media… I did not realise the fly-specking nature of the media, especially when you move up in the polls… If there is a journalistic standard, a lot of them don’t follow it.”
Drawing raucous applause, Cain asked Gingrich what he would like his first assignment to be if he were to be elected to the vice presidency. Gingrich joked that he would not go hunting, like his good friend Dick Cheney.
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