Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Cain has his eye on the Department of Defense in a GOP administration

Herman Cain, who mounted a much-criticized defense against allegations of sexual harassment, said that if he had the chance to head a Cabinet department, he has his heart set on one particular position.
Herman Cain bows to the crowd during his announcement Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at a campaign event in Atlanta. "I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family," Cain told several hundred supporters gathered at what was to have been the opening of his national campaign headquarters. (David Goldman - AP)

Treasury, Mr. 9-9-9?

Nope.

“We are speaking totally, totally hypothetical, right?” said Cain during an interview on ABC with Barbara Walters. “Department of Defense.”

Walters expressed total suprise at Cain’s out-of-nowhere answer.

The GOP presidential candidate suspended his campaign after allegations of a 13-year affair with Atlanta woman Ginger White.

“Because if I could influence rebuilding our military the way it should be, that would be a task I would consider undertaking,” Cain, who has never served in the military, said.

Walters reminded Cain that he struggled on foreign affairs (remember when he said Libya was once home to some Taliban insurgents?).

“If you were Secretary of Defense it would be important to be familiar with the various countries around the world, and you have had some difficulty with that, Mr. Cain,” Walters said.

“Yes, but I have been doing my homework ever since that difficulty,” he said.

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