Cain calls name of Perry hunting camp 'very insensitive'
October 2nd, 2011
10:13 AM ET
3 years ago

Cain calls name of Perry hunting camp 'very insensitive'

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain called the name of a hunting camp used by rival candidate Rick Perry "very insensitive."

The Washington Post reported Sunday that the word “N*****head” was painted across a rock at the gated entrance of the property, which was leased and frequented by the Texas governor.

"My reaction is that is very insensitive," the former Godfather's Pizza CEO said on ABC's "This Week." "Since Governor Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place. It's just basically a case of insensitivity."

Perry's communications director, Ray Sullivan, said the governor’s father painted over the offensive language in the early 1980s. Perry’s father first leased the property in 1983 according to the Post.

"A number of claims made in the story are incorrect, inconsistent, and anonymous, including the implication that Rick Perry brought groups to the lease when the word on the rock was still visible," Sullivan said in a statement. "The one consistent fact in the story is that the word on the rock was painted over and obscured many years ago."

Sullivan later responded directly to Cain, who made similar comments on “Fox News Sunday,” saying he is "wrong about the Perry family's quick action to eliminate the word on the rock, but is right the word written by others long ago is insensitive and offensive. That is why the Perrys took quick action to cover and obscure it."

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Rick Perry
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Ann

    With all due respect, didn't Obama just put a Norman Rockwell painting in the White House that has the N-word on it? Both are insensitive and inappropriate.

    October 2, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Wadda Wingnut

    Stop playing the race card. You should know that teabaggers are bigots. I am waiting for the republican debate when teabaggers at Fox just put the mute button on when you speak, or at least ask for permission from the viewers to hear what you have to say. Just remember, the time you want America taken back to, was not one of our better moments.

    October 2, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Wow

    And Cain wonders why blacks never vote for the GOP?

    October 2, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Wadda Wingnut

    Hey Pizza Man! Perry is done. It is time to go after the man many call "Mittens."

    October 2, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Rick Perry opens his exit door 2 weeks back so who cares now

    Republicans role the red carpet to welcome New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie so Rick Perry can go back to hunt

    October 2, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope Herman (Herb) does not blame President Obama for Perry being a bigot, as most right wingnuts have a lot of hate toward black people.

    October 2, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Wadda Wingnut

    If Libertarian Ron Paul gets elected, I certainly hope he does not expect police, firemen and other government workers to restore order from the ensuing riots. He can use his private organizations for that.

    October 2, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    @Wow
    I agree with you great point

    October 2, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. ST

    May be Cain should ask Perry if he was brainwashed!

    October 2, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. SCAtheist

    Why are you a Republican?

    October 2, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. encore

    maybe now you will open your eye and see what liberal black,white,mulsum, jew. mexican, gays,

    October 2, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Clwyd

    Mr. Cain, what do you expect from conservative republicans. You are a fool to be one yourself. An Uncle Tom!

    October 2, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. GI Joe

    OK – think he put a nail in TWO coffins with that one. (His and Perry's). This is so much fun to watch. Can't wait forCain to send a "full" order of double cheese pizza to Christie. ha ha ha ha ha

    October 2, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. ED FL

    Cain your time is up .the GOP used you as a tool against President Obama ,you failed at that so now you might think about going back to delivering a not so good product called Pizza.

    October 2, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. vet in tx

    Herman, along with alot of Americans act naive when it comes toacknowledging racism. He is becoming selective with history. Like steele, ignoring it makes it worse in a party that doesnt want us because of what we are capable as a whole of bringing something to the table other than singing, grinning, or Obama bashing.

    October 2, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    if Cain keeps playing this race stuff, he's gonna lose the appeal to the Tea Party. Remember the Tea Party was willing to overllook that he was black because he talked just like they do. Bringing this kind of stuff up is NOT what they really want to hear.

    October 2, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Mark

    A Republican that is insesitive? Hard to believe.

    October 2, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Peace

    Just an advice for Cain though he did not ask for it. Hey man, just apply breaks on what you say, otherwise where you stand in polls now, will be pulled far back you never dreamt of!

    October 2, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Nuce

    Interesting how hateful the liberal socialist are when discussing how hateful republicans are.
    Obviously ignorance crosses party lines, and the concept of a gov. for the people by the people has been lost.
    Sad sheeple you are

    October 2, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. encore

    I suppose he got the massage that sara was sending when she called him "herb" and not mr. Herman.

    October 2, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Ann

    The Democrat Party invented the KKK

    October 2, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Sandy

    A republican on the ThisWeek prgram said that most republicans were frightened that you, Caine, won the straw poll. What an idiot you are!

    October 2, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Kenny K

    Well, Cain has been going beyond the role they really want him to play when he started saying that Palin and Christie's indecision are taking attention away from current candidates.

    October 2, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Juan

    @Nuce It interesting how conservatives used hate to accuse liberals of hateful when conservatives listen to Beck and Hannity and then deny being racist.

    October 2, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. FactCheck912

    @ Ann,
    "The Democrat Party invented the KKK". Not true, but it is true that the parties have flipped sides on civil rights since that era and when the Democratic Party led the civil rights movement that it did so at the cost of many southern Democrats who became Republicans...

    October 2, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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