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. Retired Army in San Antonio

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

    and

    "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."

    -- Heman Cain, 2011.

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    Actually Herman, I think it's a matter of knowing who your friends are (and aren't) that makes Blacks vote the way that they do.

    I don't think that Blacks have a problem with 'Conservatism'......as much as they have a problem with Republicans; most of whom as it turns out, happens to be consevatives.

    And, oh yeah......Blacks won't vote for you.....so they MUST be "brainwashed".

    Herman's kinda pulling a 'reverse' race card here, if you ask me.......

    September 28, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Sorensen

    How much brainwashing does Mr. Cain think would be necessary to get the black community to vote republican???
    Mr. Cain – you are not too bright. But you have very nice salesman shirts and ties. And by the way, you don't have
    a chance in hell with the republican electorate. And you know why? Right.

    September 28, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    "...he [Cain] is absolutely correct about blacks and other minorities getting locked into a Democrat Party auto-pilot."

    And folks who are anti-gay, anti-choice and pro-gun get locked into voting for Republicans, who then proceed to economically screw the very people who voted for them.

    September 28, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Russ

    I give the African American community credit for being smart enough to not vote for rich white men or rich black men that want to take what little many of them have left. Unlike the poor white trash in this country that buy into the Republican brainwashing that they will help them. Yea, help them make the rich in this country even richer.

    September 28, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. cj

    I thought all white conservatives were racist? I am white and conservative and I'd vote for Cain in a heart beat.

    September 28, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. BossDaley

    what is your view on public and alternative transportation Mr. Cain, a staple of the Afro-American community?

    September 28, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. kayla

    i second the motion billy davis mr. pizza man is in denial, thinking the repugs will support him

    September 28, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. lgny

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

    Cain needs a reminder on clear communications. His use of a double-negative above makes the above sentence absurd.

    It's not true that all African-Americans are not going to vote for Obama... Is he then saying:
    It's true that all African-Americans are going to vote for Obama? I don't think that's what he intended to state.

    September 28, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Whywhy

    The only people getting brainwash here is Cain, by all them rich people. Cain's lost his mind the minute he thought about running for President as a Conservative.

    September 28, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Jimmy Chavez

    This guy is for real. Unlike the one we have in the WH. I would vote for him in a heart beat....

    September 28, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. A Kickin' Donkey

    Mr. Cain -

    You sir, are an idiot – you should know better. You are like a lot of people who have found success in life; you forgot what the real deal is. Virtually every wealthy person has been the beneficiary of GOOD LUCK. They might be creative smart, they might be industrious, they might have great people skills, they might have high octane educations with BS, MS, MBA, JD, Phd, MD degrees from the most rigorous & prestigious schools – - but the thing that made the difference for them is LUCK. Now, I'm sure you, or some self-delusional blogger will try to chalk this success up to some self-serving romaticized version of a Citizen Kane, Horatio Alger experience. The fact is, there are tens of thousands of folks [white / black / latino] with those traits and life simply has kept it's foot in their you-know-what.

    Republicans are petty, scared, selfish people who see life as a ZERO SUM GAME. For someone else to win, they think they have to lose. William Schockely was a Republican. The book the "Bell Curve" which touted the myth of intellectual superiority of whites, was EMBRACED by the Republican party. Under the fake guise of "self-determination" the Republican party has advanced the kinds of abuses that hold those with the least back.

    My American Dream is a world of fair treatment, where those with influence, money or power can not simply retard the progress of others to protect their often-times ill-gotten wealth. When the Republicans share that view of the American Dream [ instead of getting rich my any means necessary], call me and maybe I'll vote for them.

    September 28, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. cj

    hmmm! i don't recall giving Cain the permission to speak for me?

    September 28, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Mike from MN

    Look at all those *white* centrist folks who only vote Republican.

    Why is that?

    Because the GOP protects the status quo that white people enjoy most.

    That is why Blacks no longer support the Republicans. Just look at the TeaParty racism.

    September 28, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Brian

    Cain is completely right... under every single Republican president since Nixon, black home ownership has gone up. Can't say that about democrats

    September 28, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. SPQR

    So Cain wants to brainwash them into voting Republican, ok specifically for him.

    In another words he is saying that black people are stupid because if they voted Dem, it is not because they thought about it, it is because they were brainwashed. Like he is trying to do right now.

    September 28, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    @Ken in MD: "I have to laugh at any Republican who calls someone "not open-minded". This is the same party who walks into budget talks with a list of topics that they refuse to discuss as "not on the table". Thousands of economists tell them that raising taxes on the super-rich will not hurt jobs and will help the economy, but they'll hear nothing of it. Who's brainwashed?"

    Very well-put. If you don't sign Grover Norquist's absolutely no taxes pledge, he threatens to run a primary challenger against you. The Repubs are filled with litmus tests for their candidates – and if you waver one bit, you're through!

    September 28, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Steve

    "Brainwashed?" To not wish to side with a party that harbors many racists voters (yes I said it)? To not wish to side with a party that supports policies that are unfriendly to the best interests of your community? He's just saying this to further endear himself with white conservatives.

    September 28, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Mike

    While I certainly don't believe that Mr. Cain speaks for all black people (any more than President Obama does), I do feel as though it would add a very interesting dynamic to the election if he were the GOP nominee. The Democrats would not be able to play the race card as they have been known to do recently.

    Billy Davis, I disagree that Herman Cain is unable to get votes. While I do not predict he will be the nominee, I believe that he is certainly capable of putting forth a great campaign. He has proven through the straw poll in Florida that he has what it takes to win over voters. If you go to Gallup.com you can see that out of all of the candidates, he is viewed in the most favorable light. He simply isn't as well known as many of the other candidates.

    September 28, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Nikki

    Absolutely correct, billy davis. Herman Cain is useful to the GOP to help mitigate the charge of racism within their midst. He and Clarence Thomas both are made up of the same cloth, greedy, small-minded men who are focused first and foremost on their own status. Neither could give tuppence about the African-American community; they are members of the upper-class, so the rest of us don't matter. Thomas doesn't speak from the bench because the moment he opens his mouth, the most inane nonsense falls out.

    Cain said earlier today that there would be no celebrity dinners or inaugural balls in his White House. He consistently spouts the most useless, inane nonsense and still expects people to vote for him. They are two of a kind.

    September 28, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. George

    He slew his brother !!!.......right?

    September 28, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Ruth Stan

    Herman, Herman, Herman – speak for yourself. If blacks even considered you, your mouth just gave them a reason to say no to you and your policies. Loose lips sinks ships.

    September 28, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. John Wade

    Yeah,black folks should accept the view of people that still only see them as the help Herman.

    September 28, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Seattle Sue

    Cain needs his brain washed.

    September 28, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. jussayin

    Herman Cain, as a white guy, I would vote for you. As I understand it, you're the only candidate to even propose ideas for a tax reform. Others seem to want to be elected before gving any details of how the job will be done. I think Americans have been incredibly irresponsible with voting for candidates with no real experience and no clear view of how current problems will be addressed. Examples from the last election are on both sides. Hillary Clinton nor President Obama had much experience prior to running, as did Pailin. Americans need to get over how well a person reads a teleprompter and look for the substance of the candidates policies.

    September 28, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Cain, as in Cain and Able? Didn't Cain kill Able?

    September 28, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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