Herman Cain appeared on PBS’ NewsHour on Monday night and forgot that China is a nuclear power.
It’s the latest embarrassing foreign policy gaffe for the Republican front-runner who has never held elected office.
Asked if he considers China to be a military threat, Cain replied that “they’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability.” The problem — China has had nuclear capability since 1964.
Previously, Cain admitted he did not know what neo-conservatism is.
JUDY WOODRUFF: China.
HERMAN CAIN: Yes.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Do you view China as a potential military threat to the United States?
HERMAN CAIN: I do view China as a potential military threat to the United States.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And what could you do as president to head that off?
HERMAN CAIN: My China strategy is quite simply outgrow China. It gets back to economics. China has a $6 trillion economy and they’re growing at approximately 10 per cent. We have a $14 trillion economy — much bigger — but we’re growing at an anemic 1.5, 1.6 per cent. When we get our economy growing back at the rate of 5 or 6 per cent that it has the ability to do, we will outgrow China.
And secondly, we already have superiority in terms of our military capability, and I plan to get away from making cutting our defence a priority and make investing in our military capability a priority, going back to my statement: peace through strength and clarity. So yes they’re a military threat. They’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.
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