CORPUS CHRISTI, TX -- Former businessman turned presidential frontrunner Herman Cain continued his attempts to calm voters concerns over his lack of foreign policy experience during a campaign stop here Wednesday night.
“Relative to foreign policy, I don’t need to know the details of every one of the issues we face.
"We’ve got plenty of experts who can fill in the details,” Cain said at dinner held by the Nueces County Republican Women.
The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO told the 900 supporters in attendance that the key to dealing with issues abroad is to develop a clear foreign-policy philosophy, a line he often has repeated on the trail.
That philosophy: clarify who the United States'- friends and enemies are – something Cain says President Obama has failed to do.
During his two-day swing through the Lone Star State, Cain began both campaign speeches critiquing the president’s decision to withdraw all troops from Iraq by the end of the year.
“When he withdraws all of the troops out of Iraq, it’s going to leave a huge power vacuum for Iran to go in and disrupt everything and undue everything that we’ve been trying to help them do on the last several years,” Cain said while speaking at the Clear Lake Tea Party in La Marque, TX on Tuesday.
The shift is subtle contrast from Cain’s most recent campaign stops, where has started with a defense of his 9-9-9 economic strategy.
Though Cain still spent time defending what has become known as the lynchpin of campaign, it has taken a back seat in his most recent stops.
The focus on the Middle East coincides with the president’s foreign policy victories of the president with former Libyan leader Moammar Khaddafy's death and his fulfillment of a campaign promise to bring an end to the Iraq war.
Broadening Cain’s policy platform comes at a time when the candidate is fighting speculation that he is the latest flash in the pan in the Republican field. A national CBS/New York Times poll released Tuesday shows Cain atop the field of Republican presidential hopefuls, garnering 25% of support, with the second closest Mitt Romney at 21%.