Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared to have momentarily forgotten the first name of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, whom she referred to as "Herb" and called "the flavor of the week" during a Fox News broadcast, in which she also commented on calls to join the 2012 campaign.
In an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Sept. 27, the Republican former vice-presidential candidate, even while complimenting Cain, suggested that the former Godfather's Pizza CEO would not win her party's nomination.
"Take Herb Cain. Look at why he's doing so well right now. I guess you could say, with all due respect, he's the flavor of the week," she said.
Palin then went on to explain Cain's appeal to voters, again getting the Atlanta businessman's first name wrong.
"Because Herb Cain is the one up there who doesn't look like he's part of that permanent political class," she said. “He came from a working class family. He's had to make it on his own all these years. We respect that."
Cain, who had been struggling in his bid for the Republican nomination had spoken of thoughts of quitting the race before his surprising win in Saturday’s Republican presidential straw poll in Florida.
In an appearance on CBS’ "The Early Show" Wednesday, Cain acknowledged that he may be the "flavor of the month," but that voters would discover "more to that flavor than meets the eye."
Along with offering analysis of Cain's candidacy, Palin discussed the possibility of entering the race.
"I'm going to keep repeating though, Greta, through my process of decision-making with my family and with my close friends as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination for 2012: Is a title worth it?" she asked.
"Does a title shackle a person? Are they - someone like me, maverick, you know, I do go rogue, and I call it like I see it, and I don't mind stirring it up… is a title and is a campaign too shackling? Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of the box, not allowing handlers to shape me, to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what political pundits want it to be?" asked the former governor.
Supporters have been encouraging Palin to join the 2012 campaign race, but it appears the Alaska native might not have any intention of throwing her hat into the ring.