Herman Cain defends plans for border ‘technology’ in GOP debate

Herman Cain (Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons license)

Shani O. Hilton

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If the previous Republican presidential candidate debate saw businessman Herman Cain use his newfound popularity to go on the offensive about his 9-9-9 Plan — a flat tax that would convert or add a nine percent to income, corporate, and sales taxes — then last night’s debate was where Cain was largely forced to go onto the defensive about the tax and his other policies.

Still, when CNN’s Anderson Cooper tried to get a straight answer out of Cain on his border security proposal, there wasn’t much pressure on the candidate to answer to his joking-but-not-joking suggestion that he’d put up a lethal electrified fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In fact, the other candidates largely agreed with his response to Cooper: “Allow me to give the serious answer. I think we should secure the border for real, including a fence, technology, and boots on the ground in the more dangerous areas.”

It wasn’t clear whether “technology” meant electricity, and Cooper didn’t press him on the question. He did press Cain on whether he meant a fence along the entire border — something Texas Gov. Rick Perry said would take 10 to 15 years and cost $30 billion. Both Cain and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman agreed that the entire border should be fenced –Bachmann insisted on “a double-walled fence,” at that — but Perry said border security could be maintained with “boots on the ground” and “strategic fencing.”

Cain has faced some fairly intense scrutiny over the last few days after he said, about the border fence, “It’s going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you — Warning.’”

He initially backed away from that statement, calling it a joke, before telling reporters in Arizona, “it might be electrified.” Read more here.

From  New America Media.

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