After his speech at RightOnline in Minneapolis, MN on June 18, Herman Cain sought to clear up misconceptions about three of his positions on issues that have caused some controversy for him: the question of whether or not he would appoint a Muslim to his administration, a gun rights issue, and his refusal to sign the Susan B. Anthony List Pro-Life pledge. He first tackled the issue of appointing Muslims to his administration, which he reasserted was possible, while stipulating that he might “take extra precautions”.
The fiery Atlanta businessman and former talk show host raised his voice several times during the presser, but “almost lost his cool” when a reporter pressed him on the Muslim question. He immediately apologized for his outburst.
The question comes at 13:19 minutes in:
RS McCain has identified the reporter who asked Cain the question that set him off:
The normally genial Atlanta businessman became angry when Evan McMorris-Santoro, a writer for the liberal blog Talking Points Memo, asked whether Cain would apply “special precautions” in hiring Muslims.
“If you’re trying to make me lose my cool, you’re almost succeeding,” Cain said, after McMorris-Santoro raised the question — one Cain had addressed at some length to begin the press conference — and when the TMP writer attempted to reiterate the question, Cain roared back: “I never said I would use any special precautions!”