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Cain Tells Walters He'd Like to Serve as Defense Secretary

Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 11:37 AM

By Marti Lotman

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain would like to step into the breach and serve as Defense secretary if he were tapped for a Cabinet position after the 2012 election.

Cain surprised ABC’s Barbara Walters with that aspiration as she interviewed him during her special Wednesday night because he made her list of her “10 Most Fascinating People of 2011.”

Walters, who eventually revealed her top pick as Apple founder Steve Jobs at the end of her show, expressed surprise that Cain wouldn’t want the Treasury spot, by virtue of the “9-9-9” economic plan he advocated before dropping out of the race.

Cain explained: “Because if I could influence rebuilding our military as it should be, that would be a task I would consider undertaking.”

Not satisfied with that answer, Walters insisted to Cain that he knows very little about the geopolitical landscape, even citing this lack of knowledge as the impetus behind his campaign failure.

“I have been doing my homework ever since that difficulty,” Cain replied.

Cain closed the interview by singing his version of “Amazing Grace.”

Others who made Walters’ most fascinating list for the year:
  • Donald Trump
  • Simon Cowell
  • Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson of "Modern Family"
  • Katy Perry
  • The Kardashians
  • Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees
  • Amanda Knox
  • Pippa Middleton
At the end of the program, Walters noted that she was breaking her traditional ground rule that the top pick must be living, and announced that Jobs, who died on Oct. 5 at the age of 56, tops the list.

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