Cain @ IFFC: “no abortions; no exceptions” (AUDIO)

Herman Cain was the first candidate to speak this evening.  He began by quoting Ronald Reagan.”This is a battle, a fight for freedom,” Cain said, before talking about the “strength” of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the free market system.

“We have the greatest economic engine on the planet…Our economy’s on life support, but when it receives the right fuel no other nation on the planet can touch it,” he declared.

Cain made a declaration of, “No abortions, no exceptions,” and the crowd applauded.

Cain used his “stupid people are ruining America” line a few moments later, to another round of applause.  “There are more of us. We’ve just got to out-vote them,” he said.

First question posed, asking for a comprehensive plan for energy policy.  “Current administration doesn’t have a policy. We will have an energy independence strategy because America has the resources to become energy independent…and my team is already working on putting that strategy together….It is a national security imperative.”

He got huge applause when he promised he would ensure the EPA has an “attitude adjustment.”

What energy policy over past three years would you have reversed?  “I would have allowed the American people what kind of light bulbs they want to put in their homes…Green energy is a joke.”

What would you do specifically to prevent abortion on demand and defend traditional marriage?  “I believe that we need a constitutional guarantee for traditional marriage between a man and a woman.”

As for abortion, Cain said: “I would not sign any legislation that where government-funded abortion. I would not sign any legislation that in any way allowed the government to be involved in it.  I would strengthen all of our current laws that prevent abortion. I believe that abortion should be clearly stated and illegal across this country and I would work to defund Planned Parenthood and I will make sure that I appoint judges that will enforce the constitution — no activist judges — and I would also make sure that we didn’t allow any bureaucrats to get in the way in order to protect the life of the unborn.”

Here’s the AUDIO of Cain’s answer, transcribed above.

The final question was about cutting the federal budget.   Cain mentioned 999 in his answer.

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