During the Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain demonstrated his principles regarding equal opportunity for all Americans. Prior to the conference, Cain told “Christianity Today” that Muslims want to “convert all infidels or kill them.” Scott Keyes of Think Progress wanted Cain to clarify his comments and asked whether he would appoint a Muslim in his administration. Watch:
KEYES: You came under a bit of controversy this week for some of the comments made about Muslims in general. Would you be comfortable appointing a Muslim, either in your cabinet or as a federal judge?
CAIN: No, I would not. And here’s why. There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government. This is what happened in Europe. And little by little, to try and be politically correct, they made this little change, they made this little change. And now they’ve got a social problem that they don’t know what to do with hardly.
Cain's Islamophobia didn't bother event attendees; he won the straw poll, beating Gingrich, Bachmann and Barbour. He also won the straw poll at a Tea Party Summit in February.