US Republican presidential contender Herman Cain has taken to American talk show The View to tout his conservative credentials, restating his belief that being gay is ‘a choice’.

A frontrunner in many of the latest Republican polls, Cain was asked by co-host Joy Behar how he could think being gay is a choice when so many people are vilified for it?

“You show me the science that says that it’s not… right now it’s my opinion against the opinion of others who feel differently. That’s just a difference of opinion,” Cain said.

A former chairman and CEO of fast-food chain Godfather’s Pizza, as well as an associate Baptist minister, Cain also repeated his intention to reinstate military policy ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ (DADT), and reaffirmed his opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape.

Watch the exchange below:

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