Michele Bachmann has so far avoided criticizing Herman Cain directly on the issue of the decade-old sexual harassment allegations that dominated the news last week. But in an Iowa radio interview recorded last week, she unveiled what’s likely to be her new standard attack on Cain: that he’s too inconsistent to be president.
Bachmann spoke with radio host Scott Hennen in an interview scheduled to air Monday. Hennen asked her what she thought about the harassment news, and she responded that she’s more concerned about Cain’s inconsistency on policy.
Now this is significant. There has been 10 instances in the last month where he’s changed his positions on significant issues. On the issue of pro-life, he said the government shouldn’t intervene to protect life and then he switched and said ‘no they should.’ He said he wasn’t for the marriage amendment, then he said he was. Then he said that he would allow the terrorists to go out of Guantanamo Bay. In other words he would release the terrorists. Then he changed his mind and said ‘no.’ He just said this week that China was developing a nuclear weapon. They’ve had one for 47 years. He said that 9-9-9 would be equitable and fair, then he changed it to 9-0-9 after people called out his errors.
… That’s what the real issue is with Herman Cain’s campaign: the fact that he’s switched his positions when he found out that they weren’t acceptable by the people who were voting. That should really give people pause. Everyone loves him, who doesn’t? He has a great personality, but this is the leader of the free world that we’re talking about … We need to know that our President of the United States is going to go in there and do bold things and know what they’re talking about and be consistent. That’s what I bring that no other candidate brings. That’s why I am set apart and it’s why we can’t settle.
Polls show Republican voters, by and large, are undeterred by the harassment allegations against Cain, so it makes sense that Bachmann would try to avoid making it an issue. With this line of reasoning, she’s found a message that’s compatible with her “don’t settle” mantra.
Look for this message to continue if Cain remains at the top of the polls and Bachmann continues to toil in the single digits.
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