Herman Cain Frustrated by ‘Nitpicky Reporters’ and ‘Idiotic’ Press Corps

Jun 24, 2011 1:04pm

ABC News’ Katie Slaman (@katieslaman) and Z. Byron Wolf (@zbyronwolf) report:

 Politicians need patience when they’re dealing with voters, shaking hands and kissing babies. But Herman Cain has never held political office before and there are signs he’s none too happy with some of the press coverage that comes along with his unlikely run for the GOP presidential nomination.  

At one point  during a speech Friday to a ‘Right to Life’ convention in Jacksonville, Florida, he said  some “nitpicky reporters” were going to call him out about his historical knowledge and then later he said during his speech “My challenge to you is, we cannot just push back, we have got to fight back.  It’s that serious” followed by “now another reporter is going to say ‘he’s advocating violence’” – and went on to explain that he people need to fight with their voices and votes.  

On Wednesday at a campaign stop in Iowa Falls, Iowa, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO called reporters “idiotic” for taking him seriously about only signing three page bills.  

Last weekend after a speech at the RightOnline Conference in Minneapolis, Cain raised his voice when responding to a reporter’s follow-up question about his stance on appointing Muslims to his cabinet.  

“If you’re trying to make me lose my cool, you’ve almost succeeded,” Cain said, before yelling, “I never said I would use any special precautions” when appointing a Muslim to his cabinet.

Cain has been dogged by reporters ever since he said in March he would not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet. Since  then, Cain has clarified the statement several times, most recently at a GOP debate in New Hampshire, when he said that religion would be a consideration for him and he might “ask certain” questions of a Muslim, but that religion is not a litmus test for him in hiring.

“It probably wasn’t politically correct to raise my voice,” he said a moment later, upon reflection. “But do you know what’s resonating with the American people? I’m going to be myself. I’m not going to be a punching bag.”

Perhaps part of what has helped Cain’s campaign gain some traction thus far is the fact that he’s not a political professional, his straight-talking demeanor and his embrace of the Tea Party. Despite being a political neophyte, Cain got twelve percent support from Republicans in a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Watch video of Cain “almost” losing his cool after a follow-up question, posted by an attendee of the Minneapolis conference, HERE:

 

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