Herman Cain: My Electrified Fence Remark was a Joke, Except for the ‘Electrified’ and ‘Fence’ Parts


At two different rallies in Tennessee over the weekend, Herman Cain discussed immigration and proposed an electrified fence on the U.S. border with Mexico, a proposal he later said was a joke.

Yesterday in Arizona, Cain met with anti-immigrant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (whose endorsement Michele Bachmann fished for in September), and talked about the electrified fence remarks, which he again said were a joke.

But not really.

The Phoenix New Times:

Halfway through the question about the electric fence, Cain butted in with "it was a joke!"

"Let me first say it was a joke, and some people don't think that it was a good joke, and it's probably not a joke that you're supposed to make if you're a presidential candidate," Cain continued. "I apologize if it offended anyone. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa."

Only, it might not be a joke, he later said, before finally saying he just doesn't want to offend anyone.

"I don't like to offend anyone...however, I don't apologize for using a combination of a fence. And it might be electrified -- I'm not walking away from that," Cain backtracked. "I just don't want to offend anybody. It was a joke to the extent in the context of the views of that speech, but in terms of what we need to do, I fully intend to do so because I'm more sensitive to our citizens being hurt."

Watch Cain's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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