From NBC's Ali Weinberg
ROCK HILL, SC -- Traveling through upstate South Carolina yesterday, businessman Herman Cain made one point clear: political correctness is not his thing.
In fact, he began the first of his three speeches yesterday on that note. Greeting about 100 Republican voters in Aiken, he pointed to his “transitions” glasses that had turned slightly dark in the overcast outdoors.
He told the crowd that his campaign gets nervous when he keeps the sunglasses on, as they say it makes him look intimidating.
“Political correctness is not one of my strong points,” he said, to laughter and applause.
The freewheeling nature of the stops continued in Simpsonville, where Cain told approximately 150 people at P. Simpson’s restaurant about his stance on illegal immigration.
“If we can keep a dog in a yard with an invisible fence, don't you think we can keep people from sneaking into this country?” Cain asked the audience – again, as they broke into applause.
Cain then reflected on the bluntness of his remarks.
“Now, I know I'm going to get written up for talking about putting, you know, invisible fences and treating illegal immigrants like dogs. No, that's not it. I'm not real good at being politically correct, folks. I just like to solve problems,” he said.
And at his final stop at Winthrop University here in Rock Hill, Cain urged the audience to stay informed, taking aim, as he has frequently on the campaign trail, at a loosely defined demographic.
“It's stupid people that are ruining America,” Cain said, referencing the percentage of Americans who give President Obama high job approval marks in polls.
Regarding his own spot in the public consciousness, Cain said his name identification, which started much lower than some of his opponents, is “on the move,” and blamed the media for turning the presidential campaign into a race between two candidates, whom Cain never named all day.
He did, however, explain how he would break through that top tier of candidates – in typical Cain parlance for the day.
Speaking of how he would gain attention at future debates, Cain said, “I just stand back and let the others shoot at one another, and when it’s my turn I'll get up and say, ‘Here's my solution.’”
Cain is still in South Carolina today, making a morning stop at a restaurant in Myrtle Beach and participating in Rep. Tim Scott’s town hall series in Charleston at noon.