Herman Cain On China Nuclear Capability: 'I Misspoke' (VIDEO)
Herman Cain is having a tough week.
On top of struggling to effectively respond to multiple allegations of past sexual harassment made against him that have resurfaced, Cain stumbled on foreign policy when he incorrectly claimed China is trying to develop nuclear capability. In fact, the country's first test on a nuclear device was back in 1964.
Cain addressed the gaffe in an interview with Ginni Thomas of The Daily Caller on Wednesday evening, and attempted to clarify his comments.
"Maybe I misspoke," he said. "What I meant was China does not have the size of the nuclear capability that we have. They do have a nuclear capability. I was talking about their total nuclear capability."
Earlier in the week, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO told PBS' Judy Woodruff that he sees China as a military threat, explaining, "They've indicated that they're trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have."
This was not the first time Cain has come under fire for foreign policy flubs.
In October, he said he could envision a situation as president in which he'd negotiate with terrorists -- and then quickly backtracked. Below, a rundown on what Cain had to say.
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer before the Republican presidential debate, Cain was asked to weigh in on the recent prisoner transfer between Israel and Palestine in which Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was swapped for hundreds of Palestinian detainees. Blitzer put the situation in an American context.
"[If] there were one American soldier who'd been held for years, and the demand was al Qaeda or some other terrorist group, you gotta free everyone at Guantanamo Bay, several hundred prisoners at Guantanamo, could you see yourself as president authorizing that kind of transfer?" Blitzer asked.
"I could see myself authorizing that kind of transfer," Cain responded.
Cain took a different position in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper after the debate, however, saying that he would not negotiate with terrorists. He said that his earlier statement was not reflective of his actual position.
"I misspoke," Cain said flatly. "It was moving so fast, I misspoke. I would not do that, I simply would not do that."