Cain: I'm 'a leader, not a reader'; says voters unconcerned about gaffes

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“They spent more time focusing on when I’m not talking than when other candidates are talking. … That must have been a really powerful pause,” Cain said. “There’s the point they’re missing. I think before I speak.”

He also said that voters didn't expect him to know everything about foreign policy, and that “we need a leader, not a reader.”

“Who knows every detail of every country of every situation on the planet? Nobody,” Cain said. “A leader is supposed to make sure we work on the right problems, assign the right prerogatives, put together the right people, and lead.”

Cain's comments echoed a defense he offered earlier in the week in which he said that presidential candidates were not expected to "know anything" on foreign policy and that "you don't want to get your facts mixed up."

“I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy. Just thought I’d throw that out,” Cain said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I want to talk to commanders on the ground. Because you run for president [people say] you need to have the answer. No, you don’t! No, you don’t! That’s not good decision-making,” he said.

Cain also again defended himself from allegations of sexual harassment. Four women have accused the candidate of inappropriate behavior during his time as president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s — charges Cain has vehemently denied.

“As far as I’m concerned, there’s no new information, no new documentation, no new nothing,” Cain said.

Cain is headed to Florida, where he plans to give a speech Friday.