By Justin Sink - 11/23/11 01:52 AM EST
Early stumbles at Tuesday's GOP foreign policy debate had little to do with policy — instead, the Republicans vying for their party's presidential nomination struggled with names.
First, Mitt Romney tried to play off of a joke by debate moderator Wolf Blitzer. Blitzer asked candidates to give short introductions, joking, "Here's an example of what I'm looking for: I'm Wolf Blitzer and yes, that's my real name. I'll be your moderator this evening and I'm happy to welcome each one of you to our debate."
But as political watchers were quick to note, Romney's first name is not Mitt — it's Willard. Mitt is Romney's middle name.
But that was not the only name-related stumble. Later, Herman Cain was asked if it was okay for "Muslim Americans to get more intensive pat-downs when they go through airports?"
"Now Blitz, that's over-simplifiying it ... I'm sorry — Blitz — I mean Wolf," Cain said.
The stumble drew laughs from the debate crowd. When Cain completed his answer, Blitzer deadpanned, "Thank you, Cain."