And he also seems incoherent when asked about collective bargaining rights for public employees.
Cain also appeared to be unclear on the issue of collective bargaining as it involves federal employees.This has been such an important issue among conservatives, it's hard to believe that that Cain is still confused. And he's flip-flopping around on this since last month he had a different position.
Asked if he thought federal employees should have the ability to bargain collectively, Cain said: "They already have it, don't they?"
Told they didn't, he said, "They have unions."
The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 600,000 federal government workers in 65 agencies, says that most federal employees don't have collective bargaining over pay and benefits. They do have collective bargaining rights over working conditions.
There are some exemptions to unions in federal government. Air traffic controllers can bargain over wages under a 1996 law that granted full bargaining rights to a number of federal workers covered under the Federal Aviation Administration. The U.S. Postal Service, which has hundreds of thousands of employees, has collective bargaining for pay and benefits. But the Postal Service is technically an independent agency of the U.S. government.
Cain's comments came after he was asked his reaction to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stripping most collective bargaining rights from public unions. Cain said he believes public employees should be allowed to bargain collectively on wages and benefits.
"But not collective hijacking," he said. "What I mean by that, if they have gotten so much for so many years and it's going to bankrupt the state, I don't think that's good. It appears that in some instances, they really don't care."
In an interview with the Journal Sentinel last month, Cain said that he was "right in the corner of Gov. Scott Walker 100%" in Walker's battle with public employee unions.He sounds like some of my students when I call on them and they haven't done the reading and they just try to snow me. That's expected with high school students. But I would hope that a man who was asking for votes for the most powerful job in the country would have prepared more for his job interview with the American people.