Oct 17, 2011

Immigration Politics and the Border: Herman Cain joke? Electrified fence on the US-Mexico border

CSMonitor.com: "On NBC’s Meet The Press Sunday, Herman Cain said he had been joking when he called for a fence along the Mexican border with “electrified barbed wire” that could kill people trying to enter the country illegally. He added: “America needs to get a sense of humor.”

But The New York Times, which reported on Cain making those comments during campaign stops over the weekend in Tennessee, didn’t see Cain’s comments in the same light at all, writing that they had not been presented as a joke, but as “serious commentary” that drew “cheers,” rather than laughter, from the audience."

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