Posted on | July 17, 2011 | 70 Comments
EXCLUSIVE — Must credit TheOtherMcCain.com
During a private event Sunday with supporters in Bethesda, Maryland, Republican presidential candidate spoke frankly about his opposition to a proposed mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Cain said that one Tennessee attorney representing opponents of the mosque told him that the controversial project is being supported by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Cain’s public opposition to the proposed Tennessee mosque, as well as his March statement that he would not be comfortable appointing Muslims to his presidential cabinet, have been criticized by many liberals and also by some Republicans. However, the Atlanta businessman told his Maryland supporters during a question-and-answer session at a private home in suburban Montgomery County, he considers Islam not merely a religion, but also a political system that does not recognize separation of church and state. His remarks were greeted with applause.
About 80 supporters — including aides to two Republican members of the Maryland legislature — attended the Bethesda event. Maryland’s 2012 GOP primary is April 3, and Cain’s visit to the state could be seen as evidence that his campaign is planning a long-term nationwide strategy toward winning the Republican nomination. New party rules for 2012 have ended “winner take all” delegate apportionment in most states, which means that the GOP presidential primary campaign will likely continue well beyond the first round of early voting in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
UPDATE II: “Herman Cain gets it.” writes Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs. “He will be slammed by the leftist/Islamic machine as they continue to enforce Islamic blasphemy laws, bulldoze the American people and bulldoze individual rights. Any Republican candidate that hopes to win the nomination had better have the guts and political courage to speak to greatest threat facing our nation, foreign and domestic.”
UPDATE IV: Linked by Donald Douglas at American Power.
Cain talks with Maryland businessman and GOP activist Jerry Cave.
A group of Cain supporters pose for a photo with the candidate.
Talking off-the-record with Cain campaign chief of staff Mark Block. Keen-eyed readers will notice that I’m drinking a Flying Dog ale. Since my negotiations for an endorsement deal with Corona have reached an impasse, I’m now open to offers from other brewers of quality beverages.
My 12-year-old son Jefferson poses with Herman Cain. Jeff is a huge fan of Mr. Cain and said of the Bethesda event that it was “awesome.” Jeff also sweet-talked one of the Cain campaign volunteers into selling him a $20 Cain-for-President T-shirt for $1.
Cain shares a laugh with a supporter while posing for photos.
Cain greets another supporter — there was a long line of Maryland Republicans lining up to get their photos taken with the candidate.
Elicia Afton is Nevada state director for the Cain campaign. The last time I saw Elicia was at the March 2010 “Showdown in Searchlight” rally.
Jeff Brown, a member of the Maryland GOP state committee, listens patiently while I explain my plan for getting a lucrative endorsement deal from Flying Dog brewery.
UPDATE V: Linked by Unified Patriots — thanks!
UPDATE VI: Linked by Jane Jamison at Uncoverage — thanks!