Herman Cain managed to offend Cuban Americans and reveal more gaps in his knowledge of foreign policy and U.S. politics during campaign stops in Miami on Wednesday.
"How do you say delicious in Cuban?" he asked after sampling some Cuban-style coffee and a croqueta at Miami's Versailles Cafe. See the video above.
The GOP hopeful soon realized the crowd's native language was Spanish, and told them about his anti-tax plan to "pass a new structure called 'nueve, nueve, nueve,'" according to Reuters.
He also spoke about Cuba policy. The Miami Herald reports:
His campaign kept reporters at bay, and when asked about the Cuban Adjustment Act and the so-called wet-foot, dry-foot policy, Cain seemed stumped. The policy allows Cuban immigrants who have made it to U.S. soil to stay.
“Wet-foot, dry-foot policy?” Cain asked. His press handlers interrupted as Cain diverted his course and ducked back into the building. Later, when he emerged, he was asked again by another reporter. Cain didn’t answer.
“Gotta run, gentlemen,” he said.
At a rally at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, Cain said he was ready to shake things up just like the Republicans did in 2008.
"When the American people begin to ignite that American spirit, they make things happen, just like they made things happen in 2008 when the Republicans took back control of the House," he said.
The Republicans took back the House last year. Democrats gained seats in both the House and Senate in 2008. But what Cain knows is not important, he told the crowd at the Versailles Cafe.
"I'm often criticized ... criticized about the fact that I don't know this and I don't know that, and I don't know that and I don't know this," he said. "A leader doesn't have to know everything."
Cain's remarks echoed excuses he made earlier in the week after his embarrassing Libya gaffe.
"I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy. Just thought I'd throw that out," he said on his campaign bus Monday. "I want to talk to commanders on the ground. Because you run for president (people say) you need to have the answer. No, you don't! No, you don't! That's not good decision-making."
Cain's campaign requested no cameras at his Thursday morning sit-down with a New Hampshire newspaper. The interview was later canceled.
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements.Learn more