UPDATE 1:45p: Herman Cain came on Fox today to attempt damage control. Beginning at 4:12 on the video below Cain unequivocally states he thinks abortion should be illegal, even in the case of rape and incest. If this is true, and I’m taking Cain at his word, I have no clue the point he was trying to make to both Morgan and Stossel

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7:48a: Having been burned so many times, pro-lifers distrust pro-life politicians, with few exceptions, almost as much as they distrust pro-abortion politicians.

And once a pro-life politician breaches the trust, either in word or deed, it’s next to impossible to get it back.

And tbat distrust rocks the vote. Ask Rick Santorum.

Of the presidential contenders, Herman Cain was considered a solid pro-lifer. Now he’s not. In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on October 20, Cain started out sounding pro-life and ended up sounding pro-abortion…


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As RealClearPolitics reported:

After initially saying that he believed in abortion “under no circumstances,” Cain appeared to change his tune entirely when pressed by Morgan about cases of rape and incest.

“It’s not the government’s role or anybody else’s role to make that decision,” Cain said. “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. Not me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn’t have to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive issue.”

It was unclear whether Cain was referring specifically to cases of rape and incest in calling such a decision a “choice” or whether he was addressing all unwanted pregnancies.

But his comments… left the impression that while he personally opposes abortion, he does not believe it should be made illegal….

Cain released a statement yesterday attempting to clarify what he meant:

“Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the President.

I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply “order” people to not seek an abortion.

My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.

As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100% pro-life. End of story.

I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution. Judges who are committed to the rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.

I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood. I will do everything that a President can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life.”

But Cain’s scripted words don’t match Cain’s unscripted words.

Even if originally attending to confine his comment to the rape/incest exception, Cain still cast a wide net of those he thought should not have a say whether a preborn baby lives or dies: “It’s not the government’s role or anybody else’s role to make that decision…. [n]ot me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family.”

And so, at the very least, Herman Cain is not “100% pro-life.”

Because it is the government’s role, and everybody else in society’s role, to protect all innocent human beings from murder.

CBN’s David Brody was willing to give Cain a break:

My sense here is that Herman Cain is indeed pro-life. This became a problem for him because he’s not a politician and so he isn’t well versed in choosing his words more carefully. He hasn’t really been around the block on these social issues and their ramifications on the national level. The glare of the spotlight can be quite bright and thus he can get tripped up because unlike Santorum and Bachmann who have been in the trenches on the life issue, Cain hasn’t.

I disagree. Way back on July 17, Cain said worse to Fox News’ John Stossel than he did to Piers Morgan…

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Cain and his handlers had three months to get his story straight on the life issue. If you put the two interviews together, I think the picture becomes clear that Cain is “personally” pro-life but politically pro-abortion. There is no other explanation.

Don’t forget that Cain, along with Mitt Romney, refused to sign Susan B. Anthony List’s pro-life pledge.