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Bachmann: Sexual harassment scandal is least of Herman Cain’s problems

GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann hammered fellow contender Herman Cain this weekend, saying the sexual harassment scandal dogging Cain’s campaign is the least of his worries.

“The real problem,” Bachmann told the Scott Hennen radio show, “is how inconsistent he’s been on issues.”

{mosads}The Minnesota Republican rattled off a long list of issues on which she says Cain has flip-flopped since the launch of the GOP primary, including abortion, gay marriage, Guantanamo Bay and China’s nuclear policy. 

“This has gone on with at least 10 different issues. … That’s what the real issue is with Herman Cain’s campaign,” Bachmann said. “The fact that he’s switched his positions when he found out that they weren’t acceptable by the people who were voting. That should really give people pause.”

By contrast, Bachmann said she’s a model of conservative consistency when it comes to the policies of the day – an argument she’s used in past debates to criticize another GOP hopeful, Mitt Romney, for changing his position on certain issues.

“People will have no surprises with me,” she said. “I’m a proven actor.”

Although topping a number of national polls, Cain has been on the defensive this week after news broke that the National Restaurant Association had settled claims from two female subordinates alleging Cain had sexually harassed them while he was president of the group in the late 1990s. 

Bachmann’s interview is scheduled to air Monday.

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