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Meet the Press’ exclusive interview with Herman Cain made headlines this week, as the Republican Presidential candidate addressed his 9-9-9 tax plan, foreign policy, and some of his past controversial statements.

The New York Times listed the news Cain made on MTP -- from the discussion about his tax plan to his thoughts on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and added, “all this was in the space of a 20-minute interview with David Gregory on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’”

Many news outlets emphasized David Gregory’s discussion with Herman Cain about the candidate’s “9-9-9 plan.” The Wall Street Journal wrote, “Herman Cain, in his first major interview on national television, conceded his signature ‘9-9-9’ tax plan would raise taxes on some Americans, but argued voters would support it.” The LA Times reported, “When pressed on NBC's "Meet the Press" about the effects of his plan, Cain said, ‘Some people will pay more. But most people will pay less.’” The National Review reflected that Cain’s MTP interview, showed he was “sticking by” the plan: “Cain urged moderator David Gregory, who pressed him about the plan’s national sales tax to ‘do the math’ and recognize that ‘people are going to benefit,’ if the current federal-tax code is 'thrown out.’”

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain talks about his 9-9-9 economic plan.


Another New York Times article focused on Cain’s recent statement at a rally that as President he would build an electric fence on the country’s border with Mexico. The article noted that “by Sunday morning, in a dramatic change of tone, Mr. Cain … said he was only kidding.” Politico wrote, “Herman Cain raised eyebrows in Tennessee when he talked about an electrified fence that would kill people who tried to enter the country illegally as part of his border security pitch. But it was just a joke, he insisted to David Gregory on "Meet the Press," during a back-and-forth about the comments.”  Watch the exchange below:

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said his "electrified fence" comment was a joke.



Cain also discussed his foreign policy philosophy on Sunday, as the Washington Post reported: “During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Cain said he doesn’t agree ‘with the president’s approach to draw down 40,000 troops and basically leave that country open to attacks by Iran.’”  The Post noted that Cain told David Gregory that he is “not familiar with the neoconservative movement.” Politico also covered Cain's "neoconservative" comment, and added that the candidate said on MTP that "he'd rely heavily on advice from advisers and military commanders" for foreign policy.

Cain on foreign policy and the neoconservative movement