Cain to hold Muslim roundtable following controversies
July 27th, 2011
09:38 AM ET
7 years ago

Cain to hold Muslim roundtable following controversies

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will meet with America Muslim leaders in the next week, his communications director confirmed to CNN.

Cain's spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael said Cain reached out to a group of leaders to discuss religion and politics, but would not release any more details in advance of the event.

News of the meeting, first reported by the Daily Caller, comes after some of Cain's comments toward Muslims raised brows.

The former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host said he would be uncomfortable with a Muslim serving in his cabinet unless they proved their loyalty to the U.S. constitution. Cain said the test is not discriminatory.

"It's called trying to protect the American people," Cain said in June. "This nation is under attack constantly by people who want to kill all of us, so I'm going to take extra precaution."

Earlier this month he weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee that has been subject to ongoing protests. Cain sided with some residents of the Tennessee town who tried to prevent Muslims from worshiping nearby, saying communities should be able to prevent the construction of mosques in their neighborhoods.

"I have never discriminated against anybody because of their religion, their sex, or origin, or anything like that," he said. "I'm simply saying I owe it to the American people to be cautious because terrorists are trying to kill us."

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    No, Herman, don't back off of what you said when you had a friendly audience. I guess you really are another GOP gutless wonder.

    He makes Pawlenty look like a vertabrate.

    July 27, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Jay

    Like you're going to win the Presidential election. Go do something you have a chance in succeeding in Mr. Cain. You have to be completely stupid to think that you'll win the Republican nomination, and after that to beat Obama. He would mop the floor with you in a debate. And because you have experience in making pizzas you think you have the intelligence for everything else?

    Obama/Biden 2012 and Forever Please.

    July 27, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Mindie in Indie

    How can this clown 'talk' to the Muslim leaders now after he's vilified them and their religion so hatefully? What is wrong with the GOP these days. They demonize, destroy and discriminate and NOW Cain wants to 'talk' to these leaders? I hope the Muslim leaders give him an earful and/or tell Cain to take a flying leap.

    On another Note, Proving your loyalty to American seems to be something the Republicans are unable to do. They seem to gravitate to whomever or whatever will benefit them the most and as we are seeing now, it is not America or the American People.

    July 27, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Is he trying to sell books or CDs? He's definitely hell bent on making money off this fiasco. No chance of EVER being an important politician in THIS country.

    July 27, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Be careful Herman!! It is NOT paranoia if they really ARE trying to kill us!! I love his refusal to bow down to the whack jobs pushing political correctness.

    July 27, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. A Kickin` Donkey

    Anders Breivik provides a PERFECT checkmate to Mr. Cain`s assertion that Muslim terrorists are the threat to kill White or Christian people [in his case Americans].

    Just like America`s Timothy McVeigh, the terrorist that Norway needed to fear was NOT the Muslim – – he was the blond-haired, blue-eyed, white guy. This is the guy that killed Other white, non-muslim citizens.

    A President, Mr. Cain has to see good guys and bad guys – – not Muslim "bad guys" and white "good guys".

    Jared Loughner – right wing bad guy – not a muslim.

    July 27, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |

    What for? He will not get the nomination for POTUS. Why's he doing this? I don't get this guy.

    July 27, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Pete

    This has nothing to do with keeping the US safe, but everything to do with culling the support of the legions of ignoramuses that FOX has manufactured by fomenting fear over the simple utterances of words like Muslim, sharia, and Islam. I would bet that most of Cain's support comes from these frightened sheep. But the fact is, his discriminatory stance against Muslims is not what will prevent him from winning his party's nomination. His race will take care of that.

    July 27, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. John

    Just another Republican and tea Party Lie. Do NOT believe them at all.

    July 27, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Greg in Arkansas

    Wonder if he has any "reservations" with having a Muslim serving pizza in one of his joints for minimum wage?

    July 27, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. David

    What an idiot.

    " Cain sided with some residents of the Tennessee town...saying communities should be able to prevent the construction of mosques in their neighborhoods.

    'I have never discriminated against anybody because of their religion'"

    July 27, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. RG

    Perhaps he just has a general misunderstanding of the word "discriminate". Sorry, Mr Cain, but know matter how you try to paint it, the picture comes out the same.

    July 27, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Don

    Someone really needs to get this guy a copy of the Constitution.

    July 27, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I'm simply saying I owe it to the American people to be cautious because terrorists are trying to kill us."

    In 2009, the estimated number of violent crime offenses in the United States was 1,318,398. In 2010, over 16,000 American murders occurred. Surely not all were committed by Muslim terrorists ... ? Or, were they, Mr. Cain?

    July 27, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. AK

    It's pointless. the guy has already said he what he said time and time again. He has ZERO chance of winning the presidency so there really isn't any use for him or his inane opinions.

    The crazed neo-con fanatics who are in line with that Andres Behring Breivik terrorist can have Herman Cain on their side. We don't need him and neither does this country.

    July 27, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. ja


    July 27, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    I have found Mr. Cain to be an unusally ignorant man, who is full of hate and prejudices. His claim that he would never hire anyone is just not only shameful, but a *direct* contradiction of Article VI the Constitution that he claims to so cherish and protect. If he is going to apply his "loyalty to the Constitution" test on anyone, then he should apply it to everyone beginning with himself.

    He more of his ignorance on display for the world to see with his statements regarding the mosque controversy in Tennessee. Mr. Cain's type of ignorance cannot be cured. It can only be quarantinded, to guard against its' spread.

    July 27, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Indy

    Cain makes Pawlenty look good, and that is very bad

    July 27, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Article VI – Debts, Supremacy, Oaths
    All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.

    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

    The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

    July 27, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Angry and Willfully ignorant, let alone bigoted Black man is NOT going to get the GOP nomination.
    Why does he insist on wasting his time?
    Look at the way they are treating President Obama who is head and shoulders above you in intellect and charisma.
    You don't stand a chance in Hades.
    Buy yourself another tie with your campaign contributions.......and a CLUE.
    Obama 2012.

    July 27, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    I love his refusal to bow down to the whack jobs pushing political correctness.
    The sad truth is that Mr. Cain, and others like him, believes that he is the one pushing political correctness. What he is really peddling is fear, ignorance, hate, and bigotry.

    July 27, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |