Bobby Jindal (R-La)
Gregory: Holy crap - Herman Cain is
leading for the GOP nomination
Gregory: who the fuck is this guy?
Cain: I’m sitting right here
Gregory: Hi - Herman you would raise
taxes on poor people and the middle class
and cut them for the rich
Cain: no because we will get rid of all
Gregory: oh my
Cain: companies will pay lower taxes and
pass those savings on to consumers
Gregory: would the middle class pay
more in taxes?
Cain: yes but more people would pay
less in taxes
Gregory: who would pay more in taxes?
Cain: people who buy things
Gregory: what about the elderly?
Cain: oh they would do very well
Gregory: why is that
Cain: they would pay no taxes on
their vast investments and complex
Gregory: under your plan people would
pay incredibly high state and federal sales taxes
Cain: that’s only true if you combine
state and sales taxes
Gregory: well I do combine them!
Cain: well don’t do that!
Gregory: that makes no sense!
Cain: you’re muddying the waters!
Gregory: Grover Norquist says you’re
creating new taxes
Cain: Who cares!
Gregory: How do you get this insanity
enacted into law?
Cain: the people will demand it!
Gregory: I find that hard to believe
Cain: talk to voters - they want 9-9-9!!
Gregory: you think there will be national
movement demanding lower taxes for the rich
and higher taxes on the middle class
Gregory: What do you think of Occupy Wall Street?
Cain: Barack Obama caused the recession in 2007!
Gregory: you said liberals want to destroy America
Cain: yes by causing the recession
four years ago
Gregory: you think they did that on purpose?
Cain: yes because liberals want America to be weak!
Gregory: that’s an incredible claim
Cain: Fluffy why else would they go to the
trouble of building a time machine to go and
back to 2001 and make Bush look like a disaster?!!?
Gregory: you say stupid people are ruining America
Cain: yes - people are too much quick to insult
and vilify the other side!
Gregory: you don’t like to be called African-American
Cain: right - I’m not from Africa like some
Presidents I could mention
Gregory: you say your experience is
different from Obama
Cain: yes I'm really black and he made pizza
and he was rich and coddled and he’s part white
Gregory: Are we at war with Iran?
Cain: How should I know?
Gregory: what would you do about Iran
if you were President?
Cain: I would definitely consult other people
Gregory: like who?
Cain: John Bolton and Henry Kissinger
Gregory: Why those two
Cain: I do believe in diversity so I want to
hear from war criminals in all administrations
Gregory: are you a NeoCon?
Cain: that depends on what is a NeoCon?
Gregory: Should we have invaded Iraq?
Cain: yes because we prevented Iran from
attacking our land in Iraq
Gregory: how do you define victory
Cain: our invasion of Afghanistan will be
victory when they can defend themselves
from invasion other countries
Gregory: what is your foreign policy philosophy?
Cain: I’m like Reagan I would be very clear
about putting troops in Lebanon until
I leave in a hurry
Gregory: you would not rely on Wise Men?
Cain: I might!
Gregory: you wrote in your book
"I will not rely on Wise Men"
Cain: In my defense a Wise Man wrote that for me
Gregory: you wrote we need an electrified fence
that will kill people
Cain: that was joke - get a sense of humor!
Gregory: what is your plan for illegal immigration
Cain: Shooting people!
Gregory: How about gay marriage
Cain: I don’t like gay people but people
in Vermont can do whatever the hell they want
Gregory: and abortion?
Cain: no abortions for anyone!
Gregory: not even for rape or incest?
Cain: of course not
Gregory: who’s your favorite Justice?
Cain: Clarence Thomas - he’s quietly brilliant
Gregory: where’s your wife?
Cain: protecting our traditional marriage Fluffy
Gregory: are you the front runner?
Cain: yes because people love my substantive
ideas like higher taxes for the middle class,
cutting social security and putting John Bolton
in charge of our foreign relations
Gregory: do you have enough money?
Cain: if you contribute $9.99 now you get a
bumper sticker in 30 minutes or less
Gregory: thanks for coming Herman
[ break ]
Gregory: Is Herman Cain real?
Todd: if he’s raising a million dollars a
week that’s amazing
Gregory: can he win?
Todd: he’s got a great elevator pitch
but no organization
Kay: I just watched your interview and I
can’t tell what the hell he’s talking about
Gregory: What about Mitt Romney?
Todd: he only has one problem -
no one likes him
Kay: he’s just got to split the conservative base
Gregory: and Rick Perry?
Todd: this race is Rick Perry’s to lose
and he’s losing it
Gregory: what about that guy
Kay: he has to remind people that the
GOP crashed the economy
Todd: Obama has to find positive things
to say about Rick Perry
Gregory: damn Obama can’t get a break
Gregory: Is Mitt Romney an untrustworthy
Jindal: Perry fought to cut taxes in Texas
which was very hard
Gregory: Tim you said Mitt Romney can’t be
the nominee and now you endorse him
Pawlenty: Obama failed to cut the deficit in half!
Gregory: what about Romneycare
Pawlenty: He’s changed his mind -
what more do you want?
Gregory: will he change it again?
Pawlenty: if you want him to - yes!
Gregory: if the GOP primary voters
Jindal: Rick Perry has made the tough decision
to send the national guard after a hurricane
Pawlenty: he can’t debate!
Gregory: Chris Christie thinks Rick Perry is
an inarticulate idiot
Jindal: CEO Magazine has endorsed him!
Jeffers: do we want a good moral person
or do we want Rick Perry?!?!
Pawlenty: Mitt Romney has never had a gay affair!
Jindal: we should not consider religious
in government - just consult the Bible on that
Gregory: thanks for coming
Gregory: save the date for a debate with all
Republican candidates, David Gregory and Facebook
Audience: truly an Algonquin Round table
of the 21st century
Gregory: and that’s another episode of
Meet The Press