Herman Cain, the leading Republican presidential candidate who once deflected categorization as the political “flavor of the week” by comparing himself to Häagen-Dazs black walnut ice cream, told GQ he has the perfect ice cream flavor for Michele Bachmann: tutti-frutti.
In an interview with the magazine, Cain was asked to assign an ice cream flavor to his presidential rivals. Mitt Romney is “just plain vanilla.” Rick Perry is rocky road. And Michele Bachmann?
Cain: “Michele Bachmann… I’m not going to say it. I’m not going to say it.”
GQ: “Oh, come on!”
Cain: “Tutti-frutti. I know I’m going to get in trouble!”
Cain later presented more substantive criticism of Bachmann.
A President Bachmann “would make me a little nervous. I just don’t think that she has the leadership gravitas for the job,” Cain said. “I have studied leadership for years. I have published two books on leadership. I have given thousands of speeches on leadership. 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.”Devin Henry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.