Cain: I'm 'not playing the race card' with Perry
October 3rd, 2011
03:35 PM ET
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Cain: I'm 'not playing the race card' with Perry

New York (CNN) - While speaking to reporters outside of a meeting with Donald Trump on Monday, Republican presidential contender Herman Cain dialed back his criticism of Rick Perry over his family's use of a hunting camp named "Niggerhead."

"I really don't care about that word. They painted over it," he said, referring to a sign painted on a rock at the property the Texas Governor once leased. The Washington Post first reported Sunday that the slur appeared on the hunting grounds' gated entrance.

The matter "doesn't bother me at all," Cain added, emphasizing that he was satisfied by Perry's explanation of it and that he was "not playing the race card. I am not attacking Gov. Perry." The Perry camp has maintained that aspects of the Washington Post's report were "incorrect" and that the sign was painted over long ago.

Cain's comments Monday mark something of a reversal. Yesterday he called the Perry property's name "very insensitive" in an appearance on ABC's "This Week."

He repeatedly referred to the issue as a distraction as he steered his remarks toward his "999 Plan," which calls for a business flat tax, an individual flat tax and a national sales tax of 9%.

After emerging from his meeting with Trump, Cain said the two had hit it off. "I very much enjoyed it," the former Godfather's Pizza CEO said of the tete-a-tete, adding that he felt a kinship with Trump over the "fact that we're both businessmen."

The two discussed Cain's 999 Plan and the impact of Chinese economic policy on the United States, Cain said. Trump did not speak to reporters immediately following the meeting.

Stopping by Trump Tower has become de rigueur for Republican presidential candidates. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Perry paid previous visits to the reality TV personality and real estate mogul, who himself weighed a bid for the Republican nomination earlier this year.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Rick Perry
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. JN

    So the great political guru for the Republican Party is Donald Trump???? The one person they want to associate themselves with is Donald Trump???? Is Donald Trump the best face the Republican Party can come up with to represent it? Earlier Sara Donald Trump???

    October 3, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. pn

    The 666 plan would be a catchier name than the 999 plan. Also, that would allow for some Iron Maiden being played when Cain enters the stage.

    October 3, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Sequoia

    Ewwww. Why would any serious politician want approval from that idiot Donald Trump, who made a complete fool of himself when he "ran for President?" Republicans are weirdos.

    October 3, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Goodness. Cain's already flip-flopping his Perry comment. One date with Trump and he's good to go, yes? BTW: speaking of Trump ... where is the photo's of the Romney/Trump date from last week? Oh, that's right. Mittens refused to be photographed with Donald Trump. What's wrong, Mitt - Donald not of the same social class as "The Romneys"?

    October 3, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    This is the first time EVER I agree with a Republican. Herman Cain is not playing the "race card". He is telling the TRUTH about the Republican Party. They are extremists, liars, hate-filled, betrayers of the American People and open RACISTS and have been since Obama was running for the Presidency.

    October 3, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Mario Ochoa

    This why the TEA (KKk) PARTY love RICK PERRY

    October 3, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Kweg Yung

    Corporate America continues its expansion into China; where socialized healthcare and socialized education are the norm. Bush's “tax cuts for the rich” policy continues to help fund this transition. (When was the last time you saw a job created in the U.S.?) These former American companies only pay tax in China, supporting a growing communist government and military. The Republican party represents the rich corporations- and these corporations are moving to China. These guys aren't batting for us (U.S.) anymore. The writing is on the wall. Just open your eyes...

    October 3, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    My, my. Cain's proving to be a ......politician.

    What a surprise.

    He's on tape attacking Perry, and he claims he's not using the race card? He was the one who has said that Democrats were brainwashing blacks. How deluded does he think Independent voters are?

    October 3, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. what's up

    Cain is the man Obama only dreams about being. Then again, since Omamy only dreams of socialism and being the elitist in charge, I doubt he dreams of being a man at all.

    October 3, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Kenny K

    I hope he wins GOP primary election..

    October 3, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Cain is holding a losing had and doesn't even know it.

    October 3, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Mario Ochoa

    This is why the TEA (KKk) PARTY love RICK PERRY

    October 3, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. TerryC

    Cain's not the one who frequents a place with the N-word on sign/rock. Perry is.

    Don't blame Cain for Perry's mistake.

    Cain is right to point out how wrong it is.

    October 3, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. neil

    Then what is he playing? 999 card? So people who are on food stamps will pay 9% tax? billionares pay 9% tax? Does he even know what he is talking?? Do republicans know what they are doing? He is riding on sympathy wave about his cancer and nothing more than that

    October 3, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Nash

    I have lost all respect for Cain. Not just for seeing DT but for stating that Blacks are brainwashed to vote democratic. Any person who can put a category of people in one box is a liar and an idiot. There are many Black Republicans, just as there many more Caucasians who are NOT racists compared to those who are. The world is not black and white, there are shades of gray.

    October 3, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Reason

    I can't believe the lunacy of the comments here. We all would take the Washington Post to be a reliable source of news. Cain reacted in a very moderate and reasonable way when he was asked about it – by calling it insensitive. He didn't shout "RACISM"; he didn't brand Perry a "hatemonger". He called it what it was and moved on.

    Now that the newspaper got caught in a lie, he's allowed to reverse his stance based on new facts that have come to light. That's called being reasonable, and that's what 95% of the commenters here don't seem to understand. If life was easy, we'd all get it right the first time – but guess what? It's not. You folks who point the finger and yell, "flip-flopper" are a good chunk of what's wrong with this country.

    Emerson said I best, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Small people. Small minds.

    October 3, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. bailee

    It is SHAMEFUL that in the 21st Century we are even considering speaking about the "race card"!! Is this as far as America has evolved since the Civil War????? That certainly is embarrassing, considering we are the most powerful country in the whole world!! We have ALOT of work to do don't we!!!!!!! AND the Republicans sure are not going to be the ones that will help us resolve this issue!! Perry is scurring around trying to silence those who would talk about the N Sign on property!! And another Republican politician is talking about "flavors"!! Honestly, who would even consider voting for any one of these Republican candidiates. In the meantime Americans are crying out: PASS THE AMERICAN JOBS BILL!! And the Republicans continue to be stone deaf!!

    October 3, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Yeah, but Parry and TX and the GOP/Teatrolls are certainly playing the race card with everyone else. TX's redistricting plan was declared by DOJ to be "purposely discriminatory" and federal judges have blocked it...TX's and other states' voter ID laws are under similar scrutiny and challenge and a Brennan Center study just showed that the GOPer/Teatrolls who've managed to enact the voter ID laws and other major restrictions in their states, like FL's restrictions on registration drives, have succeeded in removing approximately 5M youth, poor and minority voters from the turnout in November 2012...a number larger enough to change the election results. Don't tell us it's not about race, GOPers/'s ALL about race to YOU. Your fear of the changing face of American demographics represented by Obama and massive minority population growth in some states is clear for everyone to see...and your cowardice in hiding behind false accusations of pervasive voter fraud and other fabrications in order to justify efforts to undermine the voting rights of your fellow citizens is duly noted.

    October 3, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    That is fine Mr. Cain, but Perry is the one playing the "race card" with you, NEVER FORGET why the South went Republican in the 1960's....

    October 3, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    Race card is EXACTLY what you're playing Mr. Cain each time your masters put you out on the "block" (meeting with Trump) to be sold to the highest bidder. You will endure the SAME treatment Pres. Obama did even though (unless asked) he never mentioned his race. YOU too sir are being scrutizined – you just don't have the sense to know it.

    Can't wait for the hicks to fill up the board.

    October 3, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    Dang, the more and more I hear from Herman Cain, the more and more I love this guy!!!! If Obama were half the man Herman Cain is....sigh

    October 3, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Real Talk

    This guy is a bigger Uncle Tom than Clarence Thomas.

    October 3, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Pat in il

    ....then why did you bring it up?

    October 3, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Shawn

    Democrats seem scared? All you do is hate, they say those so filled with hate, often implode, can't wait till that happens. Till then just remember, we in the Republican party are never going to let you have a free lunch, so do as obama said and go find your work boots, its about time you actually used them.

    October 3, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. REG in AZ

    Why is Cain even in the race? Or better said, why would anyone take him or anything he says serious? Of course, the same can be said for Palin and several others. Is it all an attack on people's minds, intended to confuse, misdirect and then take advantage with presenting someone as a simple answer (not necessarily with quality or responsible appeal)? To say politics stinks is probably the most drastic understatement there is.

    October 3, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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