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GOP candidates blast Herman Cain for his take on abortion

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Herman Cain’s take on abortion has triggered infighting among the GOP presidential contenders. On Wednesday, during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Cain said that while he personally does not support abortion, but the choice should finally lie with the family facing the issue. He said the government should not get involved in it.

“It ultimately gets down to a choice that the family or that mother has to make,” Herman Cain told Morgan. “Not me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide. I shouldn’t have to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive issue,” he added.

The remarks of Cain stray from the dogma of conservative Republican, which vows for a prohibition on every abortion. The comments of Cain, who has been at top in the polls, gave rivals Republican candidates an open opportunity to attack him.

Minnesota congresswoman and GOP candidate Michele Bachmann hit Herman Cain's conservative testimonies on Sunday following the remarks made by the later. Bachmann said the comments made by Cain give additional confirmation of the businessman's "troubling" policy moves.

"You can't have all of these flip-flops in our nominee, one after another," she said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's making the voters' heads spin. I think it's giving people pause and they're asking real questions about what does he believe truly and how would he govern as president of the United States."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry could not avoid holding himself and dashed in to take full advantage of the opportunity Cain’s comments provided. Perry said it is a liberal canard to say that I am personally against abortion and government should not interfere in the issue.

“It is a liberal canard to say I am personally pro-life but government should stay out of that decision,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday night. “If that is your view, you are not pro-life, you are pro having your cake and eating it too.”

Herman Cain went on to answer the criticism of Rick Perry. He defended his take on the issue of abortion and accused Perry of trying to discredit him.

Besides criticizing Herman Cain for his abortion comments, Bachmann also attacked Cain for his remarks concerning the release of Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Cain recently stated that he would be open to enter discussion with al Qaeda by setting free prisoners from Guantanamo Bay if he were elected president.

"People want to make sure that our nominee is 100% pro-life, 100% standing for marriage between a man and a woman and they certainly don't want to see terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed released from Guantanamo Bay," Bachmann said. "That's non-negotiable."

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