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. Buzzymuzzwelle

    I feel sorry for natural born Americans. I have no patience for Illegal Americans. Neither of you what ever color, have had to EARN your citizenship. American isn't a color or a race. It's an Idea. Obama no matter his color or birth place is trying to destroy that Idea. Herman Cain regardless of his color is trying to save that Idea. It's become that simple. Buzzy

    September 28, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  2. AndyMorrow

    Mr. Cain fails to appreciate the inherent challenges that exist for minority populations and the natural propensity to vote for a party that respects their general interests. Look at the history of American politics. The GOP always wants to try and manipulate people to vote against their own interests. Mr Cain advocates a typical republican tactic to shame/scare the vote to the republican party. But what on earth has the Republican Party done for civil liberties and opportunity for ALL Americans? Why would anyone vote for the self-interest, economically-driven party that seeks to manipulate the American people with lies and fear?

    September 28, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  3. Ster

    Democrats take care of blacks like the Feds take care of Native Americans.

    Even NEW Africans who come here do better than the average (born here) black person after just a few years.

    WAKE UP.

    It;s the policies.... Dems WANT BLACKS to stay poor and dependent on them. If not, they lose.

    WAKE UP

    September 28, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  4. FlaClif

    So, does anyone have a REAL rebuttal to Cain and his policies? In an era of vicious partisan politics where no politician will take a stand on issues or commit to figures, Herman Cain answers EVERY QUESTION he is asked with a realistic plan. He plants takes s stance on an issue, he proposes solutions, he even gives numerical estimates. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT! A politician who is accountable instead of a talking head.

    September 29, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  5. stupid

    The Democrats love blacks.! That's why they hosed them down in the 60's and started the KKK in the 20's. Hello, Abe Lincoln anti slavery party. I will say the dems have done a masterful job of buying and brainwashing the black vote. Somehow they kept them from reading history books. MLK was a Republican. This country is so screwd.

    September 29, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  6. Ed

    I'd like to know who brainwashed Cain into being a Republican?

    September 29, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  7. Mario

    Cain is an idiot. He's an embarrassment to the African American community and a Republican tool. Republicans need to stop pretending that people only voted for Obama because he is African American. He was elected because people like what he stood for and who he is as a person. The people that voted for Obama would never vote for a moron like Cain, and if Cain thinks he's going to get the Republican white vote he's out of his mind (what's left of it).

    September 29, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  8. R Texas

    Herman Cain is an idiot. I am black and not brain washed. Herman Cain is black and being used by the Republicians as a token. News flash: Herman Cain, you will not be the nominee, your party will never let that happen. Do the US and yourself a favor, drop out of the race. I did not vote for Barack Obama because he is black, but because I had the intelligence to know that he was a better candidate than McCain. Herman Cain you do not deserve the black votes nor will you get them.
    You will not get any votes to be President because you will not be the Republican/ Tea Party nominee.

    September 29, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. A Democrat in North Carolina

    No Mr. Cain im a Democrat because i choose to be.I cant afford to be a Republican. And i was not brainwashed i love been a Democrat and the Republicans better get with the program, No i donot agree with everything the Dems stand for thats why im more conservative than liberal. It just seem to me that Republicans think Democrats are not righteous enough. Democrats are for the middle and lower class and the Republicans are for the Rich.

    September 29, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  10. Taxpayer550

    I agree with Herman Cain. Democrats absolutely need blacks to be poor and angry in order to get their votes. That's why democrat politicians constantly fan the flames of racism by telling poor African-Americans that their poverty is because of the white man. It is easier to hate than it is to strive and work harder, so many blacks buy it hook, line, and sinker – a really heavy, disabling, sinker!

    There are many blacks in this country that have been raised in homes that foster hatred and teach that one must rely on the government to get along. Many parents of blacks (and whites) model no work ethic at all and cling to drug or drinking habits that affect their children. If the kids see the parent as lazy, neglectful, bitter, -or- hardworking, responsible, and loving, they will inherit the same values. Going back to my original point: Democrat politicians can not survive without these kinds of voters, so they keep them hungry and hateful.

    September 29, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  11. LittleLordHoseaComethUntoU2Say

    He needs more Black votes to get himself elected into a power position, the grand ole party of white has him working as a token or bait to take voters away from the democrats. Just another power move by yet another brother wanting HIS comeuppance.Get it if you can Bro-man Your god doesn't judge eh?

    September 29, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  12. CVitale

    So many people commenting are so clearly anti-Republican. Please show everyone what the Democratic party has done to improve the lives of us fellow Americans. I can only imagine how wonderful this experience with Obama has been for all of the people that were expecting real change. I am amazed how all successful people are considered evil by the left. I work for a couple "rich" guys and am very thankful for being employed! I imagine if the people posting these comments happened to become successful they would hate themselves for it! If we don't have rich,successful people, who will employ the rest of us?

    September 29, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  13. snarks

    I love Herman Cain. He and Ron Paul are my guys, before most of you knew who Ron Paul was also, and before that bandwagon started. Cain actually held and created many a job; unlike obama. Blacks Browns Whites unite, Elect Her-man Cain tonight!

    September 29, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  14. no1atall

    This points out the 'reasons' for people like Herman Cain, Keys, Watts, Steele and their ilk in Republican politics. They are there to bash the Blacks in this country to ease white guilt, and for no other reason. They always say the same thing: Black economic inequality is the result of poor effort on the part of Blacks, and is in no way related to either racism, discrimination, preferential treatment of each other between whites, etc.

    September 29, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  15. mark

    ur all in trouble. His comments (Cain) speaks truth, Black people want to hang him, white liberals want to crucify him. Truth be told, he is a voice in the wilderness. Go Mr. Cain.

    September 29, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  16. RJ

    It's funny how we all forget it was the Republicans that freed the slaves, passed the civil rights act without the democrats help and are against censorship which the Dems want to do with the fairness doctrine. If there is a party that is obviously racist it is the Democratic party they have the history to prove it. They were the ones that passed all of the segregation laws. The liberal controled schools leave all of these facts out of the history lessons. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are two biggest racists in the county wake up black people! If they keep you down then they control you do you really think they want a better life for you? How long has it been?

    September 29, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  17. Sam

    People tend to vote democrat if they believe their success or failure has been largely due to factors outside of their control (like luck, or the "system"). That is why you end up with both the super rich and the super poor aligned politically under the democratic banner. As long as a victim philosophy is propogated within the minority comunities, they will always primarily vote democratic. It has much more to due with culture than race.

    September 29, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  18. Steinak

    That's rich, Uncle Tom calling liberals brainwashed....

    September 29, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  19. James

    Cain is absolutely right. Somehow the majority of black people have been led to believe that Democrats are the party of equality, and Republicans are a bunch of racists. This has never been true, since the Republican party's outset–when it was a specifically antislavery party and supported abolition–to the present day. The Republican party has always been the party of equality, fairness, economic strength and opportunity for all, irrespective of race or other factors. The Democrat party, meanwhile, have always been the party of special favors, division, class warfare, race-conscious thinking, and dirty tricks.

    September 29, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  20. Kent

    Sad but funny reading the comments from the black community that cant get past being black. Mr. Cain would make a fine president. Yet the black community still calls any supporters of Mr.Cain names and calls conservatives racists.
    The denial is just stupifying. The leftists who constantly call for race to not be an issue cant get over the race issue. As a blue collar 50 year old white man in the midwest I see no other candidate I would vote for at this point except maybe Ron Paul.
    I think Im going to send Mr.Cain a donation.

    September 29, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  21. Left = Losers

    People on far left can only talk smack! Dems had the house and senate for 2+ years and WHAT DID YOU DO FOR THE MINORITIES??? Answer: ZIP What have you ever done for minorities beyond talk? Thats right....ZIP Why don't you morons wake up and smell the coffee.

    September 29, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  22. MattSRight

    Wow, so many of the posts on here show that Herman Cain is right. Someone on here actually said it was the Republicans that were against the civil rights act. Look that up .. and learn about Al Gore's father. So you have proved Mr. Cain right.

    September 29, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  23. A Democrat in North Carolina

    And No i didnot vote for Obama because he is black. i really listened to him and i like what he stood for and No im not receiving any government assistance i work, THANK GOD! Im just very considerate i think about the elderly thats receving Social Security and medicare, the Children thats receving afdc and WIC, the unemployed thats getting unemployement benefits then i think about myself, How Bless i am. THANK YOU LORD!!!!!!

    September 29, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  24. Archie Bunker

    The blacks wernt brainwashed.You cant brainwash someone who has no brain.The obama voters just wanted a black president to save them all.Well guess what?it didnt work.The USA is in worse shape then before Obama.Obama wants to destroy the USA economy.He is a muslim and not even a USA citizen.

    September 29, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  25. amuzikman

    Judging by many of the comments I have read here I would have to conclude Mr Cain is correct.

    September 29, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
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