Jim Burroway has two handy transcripts for us today! These are both from interviews done by Herman Cain:

(On October 16, Meet The Press)

David Gregory: A couple more. Same-sex marriage: would you seek a Constitutional band on same-sex marriage?

Herman Cain: I wouldn’t seek a constitutional ban for same-sex marriage, but I am pro-traditional marriage.”

Gregory: But you would let the states make up their own mind as they do now?

Cain: They would make up their own minds, yes.

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(On October 22, The Brody File)

David Brody: Just so I understand, you’re for a constitutional marriage amendment as well?

Cain: Marriage should be protected level also. I used to believe that it could be just handled by the states, but there’s a movement going on to basically take the teeth out of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and that could cause an unraveling. So we do need some protection at the federal level because of that. And so, yes, I would support legislation that would say that it’s between a man and a woman.”

Brody: Because there is a concern that the defense of marriage act could be overturned?

Cain: It could be overturned because there are already attempts by some states and some groups to weaken the Defense of Marriage Act.

WHAT ON EARTH HAPPENED TO HERMAN CAIN LAST WEEK?! Did a gay married couple cut him off in traffic or something? I love how he says in the second interview, “I used to believe” it could be handled by the states, which I suppose is technically true. “Last week I was under the impression that I really didn’t care all that much, but now, you know, I’ve learned that I really have to hate gay people to satiate the hatred of the Republican party base, and this has made me change my mind!”

Jim also points out that in the first interview, he was talking to David Gregory on the lib’rul NBC teevee show, whereas in the second, he was talking to CBN’s evangelical audience, so maybe he was just pandering.