Herman Cain: I Regret Saying Michele Bachmann Pandered To Evangelicals At Faith And Freedom

June 13, 2011 2:53 p.m.

If he had to to it all over again, Herman Cain says he probably wouldn’t have told TPM that Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) political-themed prayer at a social conservative and evangelical gathering in Washington June 3 sounded like the “the ultimate pander.”

Cain told the Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack that that description was a mistake.“I regret using that word,” he said.

Bachmann led the audience in prayer following her address to the Faith And Freedom Conference, a social conservative gathering hosted by Ralph Reed.

When told about the prayer by TPM, Cain — an associate minister at a Baptist Church in Atlanta — was disdainful. In the interview with McCormack, he changed his tune, and took a swipe at TPM for reporting the “pander” line in the first place.

“Because it was a faith-based audience, it was perfectly appropriate for her to pray,” he said. “It was just a quick reaction in the midst of an interview, that became the headline, which quite frankly pissed me off.”

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