Herman Cain Can't Find Any Qualified, Patriotic Muslims

March 28, 2011 6:20 pm ET

Today on Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain doubled down on a series of disparaging comments he's made about Muslims, clarifying that he would theoretically hire a Muslim, but he's been looking around and he hasn't seen any that are qualified. Watch (transcript below):

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CAVUTO: Well, you know, they're all over you on this Herman. You want to clarify that or expound on it?

CAIN: Hey, Neil, a reporter asked me would I appoint a Muslim to my administration. I did say no, and here's why. The reporter didn't tell you this. I would have to have people totally committed to the Declaration and the Constitution of the United States and the laws of this country.

CAVUTO: So what if they told you— a prospective cabinet member in the Cain administration—"Look, I'm Muslim, but I would honor all of the above and I would not be necessarily for Sharia law."

CAIN: Then in that case I would certainly consider that individual. But, see, my motivation for saying no I wouldn't was based upon the fact that they are trying to push Sharia law off on this country, and I'm simply not going to try and be politically correct in order to help facilitate that. But if they were to give me a commitment and they had very critical skills to bring to the administration for the good of this country, of course I would consider them.

CAVUTO: Okay, so you're not saying never never never.

CAIN: No, I'm not saying never never never. Look, as you know, Neil, the first—one of the biggest things that any leader has to do, especially the president, is to surround himself or herself with the right people. There are tons of capable people in this country, and while I have been in this exploratory phase, yes, I have been considering who would I put in various roles, who do I consider to be some of the true patriots of this country that could help a Herman Cain cabinet if I were to run and to become president.  And so yes, so far I have not come across or I don't have acquaintances with people who have professed the Muslim religion who are on a list of people I would consider. We are—we have become a nation of crises, Neil. And being politically correct is not something I'm going to spend a whole lot of time worrying about when we've got all of these other problems that we are facing right here in this country.