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Cain Says Border Fence 'Might Be Electrified' After All

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday that while he was joking about an electric border fence, he's not ruling it out as a possibility. Over the weekend, Cain told NBC's David Gregory that America needed to get a sense a humor
9 years ago by David
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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday that while he was joking about an electric border fence, he's not ruling it out as a possibility.

Over the weekend, Cain told NBC's David Gregory that America needed to get a sense a humor about his suggestion that immigrants trying to cross the border should be electrocuted while scaling the border fence.

But at a news confernce with anti-immigration Sheriff Joe Arpaio Monday, Cain said the fence "might be electrified."

"Let me first say, it was a joke and some people don't think it was a good joke," the candidate explained. "And it's probably not a joke you're supposed to make if you're a presidential candidate. I apologize if it offended anyone. Mea Culpa, mia culpa, mia culpa."

"It didn't sound like a joke," one reporter noted.

"You know, I think we're splitting hairs here," Cain replied. "I don't apologize for using a combination of a fence and it might be electrified. I'm not walking away from that. I just don't want to offend anybody."

Arpaio later told reporters that he didn't see what all the fuss was about.

"I have a electric fence around the tent jail," he boasted. "I have illegal immigrants there. I have illegals on the chain gang. Nobody goes after me... I got an electric fence. It doesn't kill people. It shocks you."

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