Cain: Black community 'brainwashed' into voting for Dems
September 28th, 2011
03:52 PM ET
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Cain: Black community 'brainwashed' into voting for Dems

Washington (CNN) - The one African-American running for the GOP presidential nomination said Wednesday the black community was 'brainwashed' for traditionally siding with liberal politicians.

"African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view," Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain said on CNN's "The Situation Room" in an interview airing Wednesday between 5-7 p.m. ET. "I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative. So it's just brainwashing and people not being open minded, pure and simple."

Cain went on to explain that his interactions with African Americans led him to be optimistic about his own chances with the demographic.

"This whole notion that all African-Americans are not going to vote for Obama is not necessarily true," Cain said.

He continued, "I believe a third [of African-Americans] would vote for me, based on my own anecdotal feedback. Not vote for me because I'm black but because of my policies."

Cain also weighed in on the recent chatter surrounding Chris Christie, saying the recent reports the New Jersey governor is reconsidering a run for president were hurting the electorate.

"It's not insulting as much as it is a disservice to the American people," Cain said. "Chris Christie has been saying for a long time he's not interested in running. The media is trying to create a story by sucking Chris Christie into race, just like they made a story by sucking Rick Perry into the race."

Cain said the media should focus on the candidates who have already declared their candidacy to give voters a better idea of the field.

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  1. jamaltimore

    The people who post on this site are clueless. If republicans are so greedy why would they not support a candidate of any color to support their goals? Wait, they actually would and herman cain seems to be like the only true LEADER in this campaign ON BOTH SIDES. Unfortunately, all democrats want to hate on the man that actually earned his own way and has lived the american dream! Any black man who supports obama over cain is either stupid or dumb? BTW, Cain is mostly adored by the tea party. Just thought I'd let all the idiots who don't know anymore than what john stewart and al sharpton report.

    September 28, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. normajean

    Would it be too much to ask that you who judge these comments before you allow them to remain to have the common courtesy to refuse to print crude misnamings of our president. His name is Barack Obama or Mr. President just as it would have been Presidents Bush,or Reagan or Clinton. There is no excuse for any president to be called names and you are in the position to refuse these childish tactics. Please rethink your policy on this. We are adults ,not a bunch of 3rd graders.. Thank you!!!

    September 28, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  3. you're wrong

    Democrats voted against Civil Rights Bill 63% house 45% Senate while republicans voted against 24% house 22% senate. Check your facts before lest you show your ignorance.

    September 28, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Brandon

    Of course they are, pretty much everyone is brainwashed into voting for any party. Southern whites are brainwashed into voting for the GOP, as well. Where is his quote about that? Hypocrite.

    September 28, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. DemsFoughtAgainstCivilRights

    Wow, what a lot of ignorent people on this site. They state uneducated things like Republicans opposed the Civil Rights Act, when it was the Republicans in Congress that passed the Civil Rights Act and Democrats opposed it! All of the famous racists, like Bull Conner and even most of the Klu Klux Klan were southern Democrats, who were opposed by Republicans. And the dumb, uneducated statements about Republicans not caring about the poor or middle class? Where do they get these people? Obama was bankrolled by the richest of the rich; the members of the tea party and the Christian backbone of the Republican party tend to be poor. The Democratic party is about taking tax dollars to give favors to their friends, as happened with the stimulus. People need to read and watch programs that present a broader picture, so they actually make decisions rather than this knee-jerk type of brainwashed comments that some Democrats and liberals have spread on this site.

    September 28, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. Geez

    Hey Truth!

    Come on! Your "local" news station interviewed "one 80-90 year old African-American women who only voted for President Barack Obama because he was African-American. Did they bother to interview anyone else such as other African-American voters or white voters who may have voted for the president because of his policies or was it limited to one pre-recorded, pre-determined interview from a little old lady? Start questioninng the objectiveness of your "local" media, please.

    September 28, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. Shardik

    "African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view,"

    And who's fault is it? Which party was unable for decades (before Obama) to elect a black person to Congress? Now suddenly the GOP is "concerned" that blacks don't trust them? LOL!

    September 28, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Kenny K

    Herman Cain need to go and research the percetanges of afro-americans' votes for democrats vs republicans in each election since Reagan time.

    September 28, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. SEHaase

    how ironic that those responsible for much of the 'brainwashing' are the ones reporting this "trending" news

    September 28, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. proper

    CAIN/PAUL OR PAUL/CAIN 2012!!!

    Odumba SUCKS!!!

    September 28, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. Bigern

    Lol @ Me. Republicans were against the Civil Rights act? May want to check your history bub. I do know that the bill had a considerably higher percentage of Republican support than Democrat when the votes were tallied. Which party was against blacks? It is not about which party can do "more" for one particular group in our society, but who can do "less". Get bureaucrats out of our lives. To say that we need all these poisoned dates dangled into our grasp is to say that we are too stupid, incompetent, incapable, or unwilling to go out and do for ourselves what is required to be a free man or woman. To be tethered to someone at the neck by the leash of dependency is just a more insidious form of slavery. It fools its victims into thinking the collar is a grand and wondrous thing, not recognizing it for what it is. A trojan horse.

    September 28, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. spletch

    This is quite amazing. The hatred coming from the left toward a black man that DARE have a conservative, republican viewpoint...it's telling. I'm glad to know that this is a small segment of the far left. Most of my Democrat friends actually like Herman Cain. I'm not sure that he will win the GOP nomination but if he doesn't, it's not because he's black, that's for sure. For those of you who think the T-Party is a bunch of racist... Cain is one of their favorite candidates...hands down. Snap out of it and start looking deeper into the policies that have crippled minority communities and convinced them that they can't succeed without government handouts.

    September 28, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Cain is the one who is brainwashed. He has led a more prosperous life and now is the lone black candidate of the republican party. This party does not like black people and is currently trying to exclude blacks and poor people from voting with their phoney picture I.D. laws. Wake up black people! This is the same group that gave Michael Steele a short term as RNC Chairman, just to make it look like they accept blacks, then ousted him for one of their own.

    September 28, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. Jim

    What a pathetic bunch of posts. Perhaps 90% of the people here need to check history and some facts. If it were not for the Republicans back in LBJ's day the Civil Rights act never would have been past. Dear Saint Al Gores dad was totally opposed to it so how can you credit the Democrats for its pasing? Oh yea and KKK Byrd- don't forget which party he belonged to. So many more similar examples would be given. Herman Cain and Bill Crosby are 100% correct in what they say. Wake up and look at what the Democrats have done to you. Herman Cain is the REAL deal.

    September 28, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Scott Johnson

    Lots of people slamming Cain for telling the absolute truth. Can you give me any other example, where a population votes 92% of the time the SAME way. Republicans and Dems are divided 50/50 Even Israeli's are divided 50/50 on how to deal with enemies all around. Only the black population, brainwashed by a failing education system, would vote away school choice, their ONLY chance of getting out of a crummy school. And the teachers unions and Democrats pander and prance to the black community, like the disgusting fake black preacher accent Hillary used. They have nothing but contempt and scorn and take for granted the black vote. Blacks would get a lot more if they voted 50/50, and both parties would woo them. Instead, I wonder at what point with the Republicans just give up, and really do nothing for black people. Bush dropped rates from 15% to 10% for the poorest, That's 50% less taxes the poor pay, and Obama wants to let those go back up! Vote Cain, an American for everyone.

    September 28, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. Considering The Alternative

    Let me see . . . Clarence Thomas (with pale drunk wifey Ginny), Michael Steele, Ward Connerly, Alan Keyes, Alan West and now Mr. Twisty Bread Herman Cain. Yep that sounds like a group that has my best interests at heart. I can see how that group is so open minded that they forgot who they are and where they live. Only Colin Powell seems to be a real man of convictions. And this is only after the republican overlords left him out to dry. Even Condolezza still seems a little confused at times.

    My. Cain, get the GOP nomination and then we will talk.

    September 28, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. Republicans are not for middle class

    Ask the koch brothers about brainwashing people to join the Tea baggers

    September 28, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. boo

    Ohhhhhh, Mr. Cain, you done stirred up a hornet's nest!!! They're having to take a goooood, loooooong look at themselves. Spoken like a true preacher you are! We need you! Truth to powah!!!

    September 28, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. Cheers

    African Americans need to participate in both parties and push their agenda from within, not put a large percentage of their votes in one political party. If the democrats/Black community are so united then why is there a need for the CBC and what do they do anyway besides make speeches? How is marching (as the President asked) going to help the current situation in the Black community? Stop being sheep and think about what's really going on...

    September 28, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. Silence Dogood

    "I believe a third [of African-Americans] would vote for me, based on my own anecdotal feedback. Not vote for me because I'm black but because of my policies."

    That's an interesting statistic. Because the complementary arguement to that would be, "Two-thirds of African-Americans would vote against me because of my policies." If ONLY two-thirds of everyone would vote against a Republican because of their policies...

    September 28, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Trailwood

    You people are ridiculous. Thirty years ago Jack Kemp wanted to start enterprise zones in poor communities to give their people a chance to pick themselves up but the dems said noooo. The republicans wanted the poor to have school vouchers so that parents could choose a good school for their kids and not have to send them to the hell holes in their neighborhoods but the dems and teachers unions said nooooo. Now you want to blame the republicans, who were the party that helped Johnson pass the civil rights bill while democrats tried to stop its passage, for trying to hurt the poor. You are all the same.You want to give people a fish so they have to keep coming back for food and you maintain control over their lives. I only hope the black community wakes up to what is really happening. Herman Cain is a great man and a great role model for everyone. He has my vote.

    September 28, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. Really...?

    And for the record... America Coming together never campaigned the wealthy neaighborhoods that they suspected would vote Repub. They used the voter registration network from past elections, but mostly campaigned minority communities, low-income housing, the projects... "sabal palms," low-income ederly in need of better healthcare, people who would believe anything they said on... again, frauds. What is to say by a campaign financed by Goerge Soros... a billionaire foreigner who meddles in US politics for his own better good.He financed Kerry, Clinton, Obama... pulls the strings of the DNC. If the average American was truly following this (moveon.org...) they would be as outraged as the gov exported their american jobs to mexico, china, india, singapore etc... (thanks again Dems). If you clasify yourself as a Dem then you are a fool! What ever happened to true indenpendents and being in the middle. If someone is messing up this country... as Obama is... don't vote party lines... vote the fraud our of the White House!!!

    September 28, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  23. mjd

    35....that's how many comments it took before some "open-minded" liberal called Cain an 'Uncle Tom'. You are so classy!

    September 28, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. KipNoxzema

    Notice the Libs getting their free government checks and not wanting Cain or another Republican to disrupt that. That's normal. the Libtards are real worried and rightly so. We don't want to keep supporting 50% of the population that doesn't pay income taxes. We'll put a stop to it by employing people instead of lying to them and pushing Socialism and Marxism.
    Keep going, Cain. We support you and true Conservatism.

    September 28, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. jared kopy

    Mr Cain: real hope and positive change. What a breath of fresh air. A person that came from very little means but rich in values. Works hard, puts himself through school, makes his way up the ladder to enormous success. He is the definition of the American Dream., not a professional politician. He has my vote. I dont think there is another canidate could carry his lunch. Certainly not the current persident. While Obama was leading protests, encouraging litigation, blaming others and demonizing those that worked hard for their success, Cain was working his butt off to make something of himself and becoming a real leader. He is inspirational and has my vote.

    September 28, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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