On Being a Leader

“I’m often criticized about the fact that I’ve never held public office. Criticized with 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… you know a leader doesn’t have to know everything but a leader has to know something. I know how to surround myself with good people.”

It’s completely alright if you don’t know anything as long as you have good people telling you what to do.

On His Beliefs about Muslim Extremism

“I have had one very well known Muslim voice say to me directly that a majority of Muslims share the extremist views.”

A majority?

“Yes, a majority.”

Do you think he’s right?

“Yes, because that’s his community. That’s his community. I can’t tell you his name, but he is a very prominent voice in the Muslim community, and he said that.”

I just find that hard to believe.

“I find it hard to believe.”

But you’re believing it?

“Yes, because of the respect that I have for this individual. Because when he told me this, he said he wouldn’t want to be quoted or identified as having said that.”

Excerpt taken from his interview with GQ.

On Negotiating with Terrorists

“I could see myself authorizing that kind of transfer but what I would do is I would make sure that I got all of the information, I got all of the input, considered all of the options and then, the president has to be the president and make a judgment call. I could make that call if I had to.”

Hours after being asked if he would consider negotiating with Al-Qaeda to release prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay:

“I misspoke. It was moving so fast, I misspoke. I would not do that, I simply would not do that.”

On His Lebanese Doctor

“I said to his physician assistant, I said, ‘That sounds foreign- not that I had anything against foreign doctors- but it sounded too foreign.’ She said, 'He’s from Lebanon.’ Oh, Lebanon! My mind immediately started thinking, 'wait a minute, maybe his religious persuasion is different than mine!’ She could see the look on my face and she said, 'Don’t worry, Mr. Cain, he’s a Christian from Lebanon.’”

“Hallelujah! Thank God!”

On the Possibility of Michele Bachmann Becoming President

“Michele Bachmann… That would make me a little nervous. I just don’t think that she has the leadership gravitas for the job. You have to be able to tell a reporter to stop asking questions before you can answer the questions. I don’t see great leadership qualities in Michele Bachmann. I think she has some leadership qualities. But I don’t see those qualities that are going to be strong enough to do many of the things that I know the next president of the United States is going to have to do.”

On Appointing Muslims in his Administration and Europe's Muslim Problem

“No, I will not. There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government.”

“This is what happened in Europe. And little by little, to try and be politically correct, they made this little change, they made this little change. And now they’ve got a social problem that they don’t know what to do with hardly.“

I guess he was right. He really might be a racist.

On The Opportunity to become President

“Well, a businessman by the name of Herman Cain stepped forward. Here I am. But I know from the American people that I have talked with and I have spoken with over the past several months, we are not going to allow Washington or politics to deny me the opportunity to represent this great nation.”

Nobody can deny Hulk Herman Cain the opportunity…except for maybe Herman Cain and his mouth.

On his Affair

“Forty-seven of them (text messages) were initiated by her, and as I have indicated before and - 47 by her and they were all asking for financial help. Sean, unfortunately, I’m a softy, and I feel sorry for people when they get in deep financial trouble, especially given the economy and people being out of work.”

I wonder if he’s ever seen Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.

Of course Herman denies that he had sex with her and it was simply a platonic (and one-way financial) relationship. But to quote Jon Stewart: “Thirteen years, no sex. So either one of these two people is lying, or Herman Cain is the worst deal closer in the history of extramarital affairs.”