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Cain camp: 'It just took him a while to gain his bearings'

Responding to Herman Cain's shaky answer to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's question on Libya, his campaign said the candidate was operating on just four hours of sleep.

“The video is being taken out of context," said spokesman JD Gordon. "He was taking questions for about 30 to 40 minutes on four hours of sleep. He didn’t say anything wrong or in accurate; it just took him a while to recall the specifics of Libya.”

Gordon added, “It just took him a while to gain his bearings.”

The campaign's official position is that President Obama mishandled Libya, and that the Europeans should have taken the lead, since Libya is vital to their interests and not a vital interest to the United States. (However, that is what ultimately took place -- Europeans and NATO took the lead in military operations and assistance.)

The campaign also said there is concern that factions of Al Qaeda are part of the opposition leadership, and that the outcome of the conflict is still less than certain.