Republican presidential candidate
Herman Cain on Friday told CNN anchor Don Lemon that he supports a
constitutional ban on gay marriage, right after saying he doesn't
support a “rewriting” of the document.
During an appearance at the Iowa State
Fair, Cain, a former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and a tea party
favorite, spoke at The Des Moines Register's “soapbox”
Cain told a large crowd of more than
150 people that he doesn't pay much attention to his critics.
“I love it when people say that I
don't have a chance of getting the nomination,” he said. “I have
been going against the odds all my life.”
He finished with his now trademark: “My
name is HermanCain.com, and I'm running for president.”
The 65-year-old businessman did not
take questions from the audience.
During a brief interview at the fair
with Lemon, Cain said he did not want the constitution “rewritten,”
and then went on to explain that an amendment that would define
marriage as a heterosexual union is not a change but an “addition.”
“Don't rewrite the Constitution,
enforce the Constitution, that's what that whole movement is about,”
“Don't rewrite the Constitution?
Even when it comes to gay marriage, same-sex marriage?” Lemon
“Don't rewrite the Constitution,”
Cain insisted. “Now, there is a difference between rewriting the
Constitution and adding something to the Constitution. There is a
difference between that, OK?” (The video is embedded in the right
panel of this page.)