Speaking Saturday night at two campaign rallies in Tennessee, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain promoted the idea of an electrified fence on the Mexican border "that could kill" people who tried to enter the country illegally.
But that was just "a joke," the candidate insisted insisted Sunday morning on NBC's Meet the Press. "That’s a joke," said the conservative former business executive. "That’s not a serious plan."
"Mr. Cain’s attempt to pass off incendiary comments as nothing but a joke may take more effort, however," notes the New York Times. "In making the initial remarks about an electrified fence killing illegal immigrants, Mr. Cain was detailed and repetitive. He did not introduce his thoughts as anything but serious commentary, beginning with the words, 'We have a crisis of illegal immigration.'"
Watch Cain explain his "joke" AFTER THE JUMP ...