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. Rob H.

    Funny, when a Republican says something like this, it's front page news on CNN. But when a Democrat suggests canceling elections, which has never happened in the history of the Republic, the best they can manage is to put it on their "blog", the one place they will criticize a Democrat... or at least admit that they said something stupid. Your bias is obvious and it's disgraceful.

    September 28, 2011 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. ThinkForMyself

    Ironic, calling yourself "Liberal" yet can only support those in lock step with yourself. Smell the coffee. Seems you have spent every one's money but your own. Your account is now closed. Get a job, take care of yourself and you will see why people are waking up to big governments real cost... loss of liberty.

    September 28, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. marye

    Sure seems to be a lot of white liberals afraid of Herman Cain. Hmm, could it be that he may be the one to loosen the liberal chains of social dependency held on black Americans? Kinda scary isn't it? Black might look at another point of view. Perhaps they too are sick to death of the promises not inteneded to be kept and looked around at the same ruins i urban areas that the democrats have promised for the past 60 years to "renew and restore". What a crock! Herman Cain, keep up the good work. You have a lot of lying liberals quaking in their boots because you are carrying the keys to unlocking their chains on the black community. Democratic leaders goal, keep 'em hopin', waitn' and dumb and they're ours forever. Cain carries the keys to freedom. Open your eyes and look around you.

    September 28, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. Residue

    Show me any other segment of american society that votes 90+% consistently for either party. Whites, union, gays, Jews, stamp collectors, seniors, Latinos, military.... whatever. There is none. Sounds like any group that does such a thing is brainwashed to me.

    September 28, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  5. Bob

    Urban areas and inner city areas are traditionally voting Democratic. They are also heavily minority populated. Why do areas that suffer the largest unemployment, highest rates of poverty, lowest education levels keep voting for the same party that hasn't done anything to improve these areas? Isn't this like slamming your hand with a hammer repeatedly? Eventually you should learn that this is not a good idea and try something else. Why do people keep voting for the same thing which has, in effect, been repressing you for decades? Wise up and look for change which can improve your life, and set up your kids for success.

    September 28, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  6. Stephen Daugherty

    Kind of convenient for you to say, since you're very unlikely to get many African American's votes.

    They're not brainwashed. They haven't been sleeping while the Republican party repeatedly demonized and patronized them. What they are is alienated and offended by the Republican's rhetoric, much like many hispanics are getting ticked off in the face of the Republican's newest campaign for scaring white people.

    Here's a clue, folks: if you constantly bash people, you're not going to get their votes.

    September 28, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. Joshua

    Finally a person speaks the truth about what is happening to the Black community. I don't care what color of skin Cain has, but his words are true. We have a mixed race family, Black and White, and all of us love what he has said and stands for. Personally I would prefer Paul Ryan, but if Cain is the GOP nominee, then he will get our money and vote, simple as that.
    How many of you liberals actually converse with black people, their wants and needs as a people in America? Maybe some of you do, but I would bet the % is small.

    September 28, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  8. Eric "Not The Red"

    This whole "all Republicans are racists" bit is overplayed. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed over 80% of Congressional Republicans voted in favor of it. Does anybody know what percentage of Democrats voted to pass it?.......under 65%. You can say what you will about Republicans or Democrats when it comes to race, but the truth remains that all of these accusations are not derived from facts.

    September 28, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  9. Sionara Obumble

    You can always count on propaganda where liberals reign. What the heck have democraps done for blacks? Look at the ghettos! They've been ruling the roost for 30+ years and they're still the ghettos with crime and poverty. It would be nice to have a democrap enable someone to search out the dream instead of offering the hope of welfare and unemployment insurance! Most of the problem is found in the socialists who ask, "what can the president do for me?" What do you want? For the con to steal from someone to give to you? THAT'S what keeps people down! You have to keep a liberal down; they do it themselves.

    September 28, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. kbudsky

    sure sounds like a guy trying to justify his own existence.

    September 28, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  11. David

    Hilarious how Cain says blacks are brainwashed into "not being open-minded, into not even considering a conservative point of view." He really should look up the definition of conservative,which means "opposed to change," while liberal is defined as "
    broad minded," or....wait for it..."open-minded."

    Of course, while we're on the subject, I seriously don't understand why Democrats run from the "liberal" label. I absolutely love being part of a political party that is "open minded." Let's wear the liberal label proudly! If the conservatives want to remain stuck in the present (or more accurately, return to the 1950's), that's their problem, but I've got news for them - the world is always changing, and the political party that changes with it, is the one that gets my vote.

    September 28, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. CrazyGaloot

    The truth hurts the most. Go Herman. Every time he tells the truth I donate a hundred bucks. Go dog go.

    September 28, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  13. The Doctor

    One party consistently tells the Black Community it will go find rich people, take the money of these rich people by force, and then distribute this money to the Black Community in a variety of unproductive ways in exchange for nothing more strenuous than a vote. The other party consistently tells the Black Community it will go find rich people and help those rich people create more jobs for the Black Community so they can earn a living by working and contributing something to society.

    There is no brainwashing here. When given a choice between the party of hard, honest work or the party of pillage and plunder, a choice between the party that threatens to take welfare away, and the party that promises a parasite paradise, they make that evil choice with eyes wide open.

    September 28, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. Matt

    I thought the word "brainwashed" was a little overdone, but the comments in here by people who say they are African American actually prove his point. Wow, how sad. The American Dream will never be available to any individual who is convinced that their "best interest" is Social Security and other handouts. The American Dream is a product of liberty.

    I do agree the Republican Party needs to do a much better job of reaching out to the black communities, but with messages of economic liberation from the welfare plantation mentality rather than the promise of "taking care" of you. I am starting to wonder if "brainwashing" IS the only explanation for people who see their own "best interests" as a party of paltry handouts, no liberty and even less hope of ever realizing your dreams.

    September 28, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. Grundoon

    The very Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King was a Republican! He never told his brothers to vote for the guy who would buy their vote with the biggest handout-but that's what they do so that's why they vote for Democrats. That's also why 70% of their children are born out of wedlock, over 50% of their households are single parent (mother only) households and their current unemployment rate is 60% higher than the national average. So they fail in school, they fail in jobs, they fail as parents, and they fail as citizens and take up more than their proportionate share of space in our prisons. All the Democrats have done is made modern day slaves out of them. They're good people and don't deserve that.

    September 28, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. Rick

    Reading the first few comments was very disturbing to me, but not surprising. The basic idea from these posts is that the black man is not sophisticated enough to make up his own mind and even worst, heaven forbid, he goes off the democrat 'you will do as you are told,boy!' reservation. I have seen this bigoted, racist and even fascist ideology from WHITE LIBERAL democrats. why is it such a threat to Liberals that a black man not do as a WHITE LIBERAL tells him so? What? Is he not black if he doesn't vote for a democrat? Is that the best you have for an argument? And to have other blacks gets on his case because he wishes to use his brains and get off the intellectual welfare plantation of Liberalism of the WHITE RACIST DEMOCRATS? I am a student of history, and the last time I checked, the KKK was and still is owned by the Democrats. Remember Robert Byrd, Democrat Senator from W.Virginia and 'former' KKK Grand Wizard. His racism is ok becuase he was a democrat? Black man voted for him and yet no question about what he had to do to become a KKK Grand Wizard? Where was your self-righteousness then? Hypocrit.

    September 28, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  17. Stephan

    Don't you all see how racist you are being? I am white I love Cain. You hate whites just as much as you say we hate you but we did help put Obama in office didn't we? 94% Blacks voted for Obama, this isn't racist? How bout I say I'll vote for the white guy cause you gotta pick your brother:) While not true for every situation it seems Blacks stick with there own no matter what more than whites. That in itself screams racism. Think of this, I'm a democrat. Do rich or poor vote democrat? Poor. So if I want my voting block to get bigger do I help people get rich or poor. Poor silly. So I will do whatever to keep people from getting rich cause once they do they are republicans and vote against me. Think about it.

    September 28, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. SWF

    Every time he opens his mouth to say something I am amazed at Herman Cain's honesty. I'll give him my vote. So will a lot of people I know who have read his 10 points of focus on his website. The guy is honest, straight forward and I can't wait to see him put Congress in their place. I'd pay pay-per-view money to see him go up against "Give It All Away" Barry. He'll talk circles around Obama...and he doesn't need a teleprompter, either.

    September 28, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  19. Aaron Carr

    Cain must not be familiar with the "Southern Strategy."

    September 28, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  20. Just a Man

    I am black and would vote for him given the chance

    September 28, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. lsgyrl

    Go away!

    September 28, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  22. Brandon

    Those who compare Herman Cain to a traditional GOP candidate are mistaken. The establishment Republicans\Democrats (opposite sides of the same coin) do not support Herman Cain. He is an outsider, a non-politician to this point. He threatens the status quo. Considering how ineffective Washington D.C. has been, why should we not support a man like this. He has a wealth of business and leadership experience. Having NOT been a politician should be a qualification, and he wears that distinction with honor.

    September 28, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  23. WestPalmBeachRichard2012

    That is a generalization, it could also be said that Republicans have brainwashed a majority of high income white families in this county into voting Republican. Choosing a political party consistently year after year is not brainwashing it's sticking to a party that consistently supports your ideals and strives to run government better than the opposing party from your point of view. Obviously this can be debated and is a multifaceted and more in depth discussion. I seriously doubt Cain’s flawed rhetoric will cause African American voters to run to the polls in droves to change their political party.

    September 28, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  24. Ster

    RNC said it was Repubs that were beholden to corporations.
    Hmm....
    Obama's largest contributor? Goldman Sachs (Wall Street)
    Largest donation by an oil company? BP to.... OBAMA
    All oil companies ... more to Obama
    All LAW FIRMS... Obama
    Total Wall Street (about even)... largest single amounts went to Obama
    GE? The one that paid NO TAXES and MOVED thousands of jobs OVERSEAS? CEO is an Obama advisor and most GE donations went to ... who? OBAMA

    WAKE UP!

    September 28, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  25. Amazed

    Cain says that blacks have been "brainwashed", and the left responds with "brainwashed' talking points. Here is the FACT – the black community has voted – overwhelmingly – for Democrats for almost 60 YEARS!!! SIXTY YEARS!!! And – has their collective plight gotten better – or worse? Honest question.

    Everyone who says "what have the GOP done for blacks" is basically admitting they – themselves – are nothing but racists. What has a party done for a RACE? Hopefully, NOTHING – other than the "human race".

    See, you can't be AGAINST racism while constantly DEMANDING racist policy. It doesn't work. So – Cain is supporting racists policy because he wants to treat blacks the same as every other American? If you agree with that position, then YOU are the problem – only your head is so far up your own rectum that you can't (won't) even see it.

    September 28, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
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