Herman Cain appeared flustered when asked during an interview Monday about his views on the Obama administration’s support of the Libyan uprising.

When asked his thoughts on the president’s policy during an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, he leaned back and appeared to search for an answer: “O.K., Libya.”

“President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Qaddafi — just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say ‘Yes, I agree,’ or ‘No, I didn’t agree.’ ”

Then, Mr. Cain said he disagrees with the president’s approach “for the following reasons.”

“Nope, that’s a different one,” he said. “I gotta go back and see.”

“I’ve got all this stuff twirling around in my head,” he said.

J.D. Gordon, Cain’s spokesman and national security adviser, said Mr. Cain was asked the question toward the end of a 45-minute session amid a long day of traveling.

“We were all going on four hours’ sleep, so he was tired,” Mr. Gordon said. “When he got the Libya question, it took him a while to get his bearings on it, but he got the answer right.”