POLITICS
10/24/2011 08:07 pm ET | Updated Dec 24, 2011

Herman Cain: 'If I Make A Mistake, I'm Willing To Admit I Made A Mistake' (VIDEO)

Following a fundraiser in Chicago on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said, "The thing that I think is going to convince people that my campaign is credible is the fact that if I make a misstatement, I'm willing to retract it."

The remarks come in the wake of the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza finding himself having to clarify his position on abortion.

When asked to address the issue applied to a hypothetical rape case during a recent appearance on CNN, Cain said, "It's not the government's role or anybody else's role to make that decision. Secondly, if you look at the statistical incidents, you're not talking about that big a number. So what I'm saying is it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make."

After sparking controversy with the comments and attacks from rival GOP presidential candidates, Cain said during an appearance on Fox News, "Abortion should not be legal, that is clear. But if that family made a decision to break the law, that's that family's decision, that's all I'm trying to say."

However, during an appearance on "Fox And Friends" on Monday morning, Cain signaled that he doesn't believe that abortion should be part of the political discussion. "But my position is real clear and has been consistent, I am pro-life," he said.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Cain said on Monday, "If I make a mistake, I'm willing to admit I made a mistake." Appearing to refer to Jesus, he added, "The last perfect person was hung on a cross 2,000 years ago."

Cain experienced a surge in support for his candidacy following his surprise win in Florida's presidential straw poll last month. In recent weeks, however, the Republican contender has also come under heightened scrutiny.

According to NBC Chicago, Cain said on Monday, "The higher up you get in the polls, the more criticism you're going to get."