Herman Cain Calls Pause Reaction "Flyspecking"

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain talks to reporters before greeting supporters at a fund raising event before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Herman Cain, Republican U.S. presidential candidate, said all the buzz about his struggle to answer a question about Libya is "flyspecking."

Cain stumbled when answering a question about President Obama's approach to the Libyan crisis in an interview with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters and editors Monday.

He paused for a moment then asked for clarification that Obama supported the uprising. After a second pause, he said he had "all of this stuff twirling around in my head."

Eventually, Cain said, "I would have done a better job of determining who the opposition is. And I'm sure that our intelligence people had some of that information. [Who] made up that opposition … might have caused me to make some different decisions about how we participated. Secondly, no I did not agree with [Moammar] Gadhafi killing his citizens. Absolutely not. … I would have supported many of the things that they did to help stop that," the newspaper quoted.

Cain hinted that he found the reaction to his mistake over the top, UPI.com reported.

"I paused to make sure I didn't say something wrong. ... I didn't," Cain said. "The fact I didn't answer immediately … that is silly. … I call it 'flyspecking' every word, every phrase, and now they are flyspecking my pauses … ."

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