SecDef Herman Cain?
December 15th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

SecDef Herman Cain?

By Adam Levine

He's out of the race to be the Republican presidential candidate, so Herman Cain is on the hunt for a new job.  His dream job? Secretary of Defense.  That's what he told ABC News' Barbara Walters in an interview that aired Wednesday night.

Cain said he was "totally hypothetically" interested in the job.

"If I could influence rebuilding our military the way it should be, that would be a task I would consider undertaking," Cain said in the interview.

The answer might seem surprising given Cain's proud declaration that he lacked a full grasp on international matters.  It certainly seemed to take Walters by surprise.

"What?," she spat out. "Why Department of Defense?"

She then asked him about his lack of familiarity with countries around the world.

"I have been doing my homework ever since that difficulty," he explained.

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  1. MATT

    This headline should read: How the world may come to an early end.

    December 16, 2011 at 1:47 am | Reply
  2. JimAR

    He probably didn't go for any of the other cabinet jobs because he doesn't know any of them.

    December 16, 2011 at 1:35 am | Reply
  3. Sirned

    LoL. I can't believe this clown show. It just keeps getting worse and worse...The death of a once fine party of intellectuals reduced to this...Sad

    December 16, 2011 at 1:32 am | Reply
  4. Thomas

    Complete moron!

    December 16, 2011 at 1:30 am | Reply
  5. Don

    he can't even defend himself very well. Now go make me a pizza!

    December 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  6. TenLou

    Conspiracy Theory, Conspiracy Theory – here it is – the real bad boys on the right as we know, will try anything in order to prevent Pres. Obama being re-elected. Find an extreme righty who is black, hates Obama, wants notoriety and will do absolutely anything to satisfy his tremendous ego regardless of his past. Nothing to lose – why not take a chance. If he would have become the GOP candidate, enough of the black vote would go to Cain from Obama in order to make a difference and BINGO they have their own black boy in office and God help us as he appears to be just the opposite of the fine man who is in there now.

    December 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  7. merlysys

    Cain as Secretary of Defence might bomb the wrong country. But most Americans wouldn't notice the mistake as they are just as ignorant about the rest of the world.

    December 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  8. Alan

    Hey, he ran Godfather's Pizza, why not history's most powerful military?

    Geez, the fact that this guy was the front runner of the Republican primary even for a second says something horrible about our country.

    December 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • JimAR

      Well, it certainly says something about my party.

      December 16, 2011 at 1:39 am | Reply
  9. joesix

    This guy's still a gold mine of dumbfounding idiocy. Does he have any military experience at all?

    December 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Reply
    • JimAR

      He's probably having some war experiences right now with the Mrs.

      December 16, 2011 at 1:41 am | Reply
  10. bill

    reat place for him with all those officers involved in sexual harrassment and drunkedness. Nothing personal against DoD, but would you hire him knowing what you know. Newt or Romney might hire him

    December 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  11. Toothlees Trailer Park Master

    Brain dead Herman Cain as Secretary of Defense? Oh mine! What's this World coming to?
    Herman Cain claims he's now studying World's Geography NOW that he's out and have all the time to himself. Whew! I didn't know these GOPers have such low IQ's. Even a 2-yr. old in Kabul knows World's Geography and leaders of every country including their natural resources.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  12. JCQueipo

    LOCO !!!!

    December 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  13. David

    Oh My God.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  14. Alex

    Defence secretary should know much more about Libya? Libya? Libya? and Ubeki-beki-bekistan than Cain does.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  15. works4me

    He was a civilian employee of the USN. According to the GOP he's more than qualified... to be a troop master of the Boy Scouts

    December 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Toothlees Trailer Park Master

      That's according to the books of brain dead GOP impotent midgets NOT in our books of intellectuals. World Geography these imbecilic dumb GOPers are struggling with is something one learns in 1st and 2nd Grade. Not only that, every 1st and 2nd. grade school have Globe of the World in their classrooms.
      It tells a lot about these imbecilic dumb GOPers Assesssss! Who are these toothless trailer park idiots who vote them into offices?

      December 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  16. Mark

    Who at CNN posts this garbage? What is the name and telephone of their supervisor?

    December 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Toothlees Trailer Park Master

      Glad you asked.
      Here's CNN Supr's. Toll Free office number you're looking for. Tel No: 1-999-999-9999.
      Keep dialing if it's busy or get yourself a speed dial phone to break thru. the bottleneck jam. I was able to give my piece of mind to the CNNSupr .

      December 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  17. itsmehere

    That's why he backed out of endorsing last week. He's shopping for the best deal he can get for his endorsement.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • JimAR

      He wanted to sell his endorsement to the highest bidder, but the highest bid was a frozen pizza.

      December 16, 2011 at 1:44 am | Reply
  18. cocostik9

    Herman Cain is desperate!

    December 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  19. Donald in CA

    The news media need to find something else to talk about. This guy dosent even know what country he is in. Is he the new sarah palin? Clowns want solve these tough problems in america.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  20. mzhawaii08

    Cain is crazy and out of his mind. His a loser, very delusional, he creates his own fantasy. Big joke, and disgusting pig. He just needs to go away and drop from the face of the earth.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  21. ComedyChannel

    BwaHaHaHahahaha......... You're hired!

    December 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  22. cooly

    No...You cant do that. No one should place their family with Cain. I am African and I am proud of US army. I dont want to see Cain near it... The good job they are doing will become a bad job fast enough. God bless you marines. Semper fi

    December 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  23. amir

    ALL US enemies became very happy if this happens

    December 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  24. David

    Your bombs will be there in 30 minutes or they are free!!!

    December 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • works4me

      Buy one... get one free

      December 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  25. vosky

    Say and flip anything to get elected... Mr Romney can promise H. Cain SOD to get his endorsement

    December 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  26. jazz

    Tell this HOE HOE HOE feller he is WAY OUT OF LINE of SECDEF MAterial.. IS HE INSANE? Dont care if scandal was trumped up..evidence says people were harmed, give them benefit of doubt.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  27. Travis

    that's possible the scariest thing I have ever heard. This guy has no business in politics what-so-ever.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  28. Tom Clark

    Seriously? CNN, where is your integrity? This is more like National inquirer, or Pravda BS. In print form it would belong at the checkout counter at the grocery story along with all the other crappy sensationalist mags.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  29. Steve

    I have been studying those countries too. Can I be Secretary of Defense.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • JimAR

      I have been watching the travel channel on cable and eating lots of pizza. Can I be Secretary of Defense too?

      December 16, 2011 at 1:47 am | Reply
  30. Alive and well in Texas

    You (He) got(s) to be kidding. The guy has no clue – pepperoni with that ?
    Dumb is as dumb is............................................Wth O-BAM-Ass as Commander in Chief (?) and this guy as Sec. Def. can you just amagin the laughing stock of the world would be the USA..

    December 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • mzhawaii08

      don't knock it! Texas has the biggest dumb azz that runs your state. Dumb as a door knob. Even a 5th grader can outsmart him. What does this have to do with Obama? You bunch of hicks, inbreeder's, your governor is an embarrassment to your white race!!!!

      December 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Reply
      • Alive and well in Texas

        Are we having a bad day?

        December 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • JimAR

      Is "amagin" anything like "imagine"?

      December 16, 2011 at 1:49 am | Reply
  31. Rajiv Shaw

    ....he is good at denying responsibility. Will this joker never stop vying for attention?

    December 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  32. olepi

    He could probably manage a Pizza Hut, if there were no women employees.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  33. ThinkingPerson

    ROTFL more like Secretary of Delusion!
    WTF kind of experience does he have for SOD?
    What's he gonna do, throw pepperoni at the enemy?
    Secretary of Pizza.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • vosky


      December 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  34. Gobsmacked

    Oh, goody. Read a newspaper, then become Secretary of Defense. Yup, that oughta do it. The man continues his self-delusion.

    December 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  35. regis990

    He'll win your wars in 30 minutes or less...OR ELSE IT'S FREE!

    December 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  36. Sgt. P.

    A guy who didn't even know China has nukes for Secr. of Defense? Talk about loony.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  37. Ken in NC

    He wants to be the Secretary of DeFence because it is located right behind the "Dog House" his wife put him in. Herman Cain has a way to go just to become half as smart as Sarah Palin and that is no compliment. He would still be nowhere near qualifying to be Sec. of Defense.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  38. TheLord

    If he wants to be SofD, shouldn't he know where Lymibia is first? What a duh...

    December 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  39. DannyCali

    How it going to work with Secretary of Defense? because he can't even defense those lady and he even don't know the other leader.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  40. Jim (retired AF colonel)

    What a complete and total moron!

    December 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  41. tester


    December 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  42. Woman looking for a Job

    He should be the US ambassador to Labibya.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • Don

      he knows where Labya is.

      December 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  43. byebye

    Let us have fun with Republicans and their potential offices. Michelle Bachmann to head the CDC charged with vaccine management. Newt Gingrich to head up the DOJ (so ethical). Gary Johnson to head the DEA charged with arresting POT farmers. Rick Perry to be the secretary of state. Mitt Romney as the ambassador to the Vatican.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  44. NoNONONono

    Before we know it, DeaF Secretary Cain would be waging war on those illegal Roman legions and combat them green little men that slipped in from Mars under the electrical ozon fence. For those who don't know, Mars is on the other side of Africa, just a bit further out, past Turbanistan. Oh brother...

    December 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  45. Gerry

    He certainly seems to know a lot of secretaries and other FWB. So I guess that qualifies him. No?

    December 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  46. Frank

    No wonder the republican party set him up using the Anita Hill weapon of mass dectruction to hasten his downfall.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  47. allens

    still a fool

    December 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  48. frank

    Maybe he should find out where Libya is first!

    December 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  49. mb2010a

    Go away, Hermie...your 15 minutes are up...

    December 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  50. annette

    these people do not realize when their time is up.

    palin = only spews nonsense
    trump = tv ratings is the only time he pops up
    cain = womanizer and now wants secretary of defense – haaa – not on obama's time.

    December 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  51. Phil in KC

    You gotta be kidding me! This guy knows NOTHING about foreign policy and he want's to be the Secretary of Defense? Aside from Secretary of State, it has to be the job he is least qualified for – oh, and President.

    December 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  52. Rob

    That is a joke.

    December 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  53. AB

    Hermain Cain is delusional. He is unqualified for the job of Secretary of Defense and should just forget it!! No president in his right mind would ever appoint Cain for the job. Cain lacks an understanding of international and defense affairs. Furthermore, he is morally unfit for the job.

    December 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  54. Thomas

    Is this a joke ?

    Cain couldn't make Secretary of Pizza , in his dreams !

    I didn't realize Barbara Walters is doing a comedy show .

    December 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  55. babs

    Da Kingfish be way too offensive for Defense!

    December 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  56. alvie singer

    The guy is an out and out does he deserve any attention at all?

    December 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  57. Greg in Arkansas

    @rino bill..."Senator John McCain would make a far better Secretary of Defense than anyone else ... including Herman Cain."....
    Secretary of "Depends" would more fitting for McCain.....that crazy, bitter old coot needs to retire and leave public life forever.....

    December 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  58. John

    Why don't they just make my dog Secretary of Defense , the dog would do just has good of Job.

    December 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  59. Loenore H. Dvorkin

    Mickey Mouse would certainly make a better Secretary of STATE, being a popular character all over the world, a bringer of joy and harmony.
    Why this offensive, philandering idiot thinks that he will be considered by any candidate for any position of responsibility whatsoever is a further sign of just how self-deluding he is.
    Just go away, you contemptible loon!

    December 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  60. Max

    OMG! Defense?

    The sexual pervert Herman Cain couldn't even defend himself after his many sexual escapades with a bunch of loose girls/women, more or less, to express the ambition to defend our great nation. He simply doesn't GET IT! Doesn't he realize the awful shame he has brought to himself, his family, and the republican party???

    Oh..ok, maybe Newt would appoint him the job he seeks. After all they are both sexually promiscuous and maybe they could cruise together as night buddies...who knows?

    December 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  61. simp

    I wish this idiot would just go away, enough already. He is about as capable of being SOD as mickey mouse, and mickey may be more qualified then this loud mouth fool.

    December 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  62. dugee

    He would have to learn how to find Libya on a map. First he would have to learn to spell it.

    December 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  63. don

    Not even Seretary of fast food!!!

    December 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  64. Jamie from Riverside

    I think that even Donald Rumsfelf would make a better Secretary than Herman Cain and Donald was pretty miserable. Poor Herman wouldn't be able to fine UzBeki-Beki-Beki-Stan-Stan on a map and doesn't understand the strategic importance of this "insignificant country".

    December 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  65. T-trolls go back under the bridge

    And that's exactly who we'll get as SecDef if one of these radical GOPers won the White House. His name might be different, but we'd get the same completely un-qualified dumb-ass in every cabinet appointment.
    Remember Rummy?! Pushed lies & deceptions to the American people to start war, never served, never held a gun – unless he was drinking/hunting from a truck with lame Dick.

    December 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • Brianm0122

      Not that I disagree with you on his performance, but Rumsfeld did serve in the Navy.

      December 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  66. RINO Bill

    Senator John McCain would make a far better Secretary of Defense than anyone else ... including Herman Cain.

    December 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • Greg in Arkansas

      Secretary of "Depends" would more fitting for McCain

      December 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply
    • Gerry

      McCain for SOD? Best possible candidate? Right!! BTW, which country were you referring to? He would make a terrific SOD in Grenada.

      December 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
      • cocostik9


        December 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm |

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