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Barbara Walters scoop: Herman Cain wants to be SecDef!

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(Read caption) Former Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain speaks at a state GOP fundraiser at the Oklahoma City Marriott, Dec. 5. Cain was one of Barbara Walters,' “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011,” which aired Wednesday night.

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Barbara Walters' show, “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011,” aired Wednesday night, if you haven’t heard. One of her picks was Herman Cain, the ex-Godfather’s Pizza chief who flamed out of the GOP presidential race amid continued allegations of sexual misconduct.

Though it started off slow, Ms. Walter’s interview produced something of a scoop: Asked which Cabinet post he’d like, Mr. Cain said he could see himself being secretary of Defense.

“If I could influence the rebuilding of our military in the way it should be, that would be a task I would consider,” said Cain.

Walters reacted with disbelief. This is the same Herman Cain, after all, who previously did not appear to know that China already possesses nuclear weapons. Then there was that time his tongue tied itself in knots when he was asked whether he approved of President Obama’s Libya policy.

Walters resurrected the Libya snafu, then pointed out that a SecDef is expected to know the names of the other countries in the world.

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

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