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. Jack

    Donald Trump. The wacky guy on TV. That's who the Republicans seek advice from? A reality TV show host? What a sad state the Grand Ole Party has sunk to.

    October 3, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Brian DC

    Therace card is reserved for Dems and Dems only. Herman Cain doesn't need the race card, he has a brain and leadership experience as well. Obama has neither of these qualities.

    October 3, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Brian DC

    The race card is reserved for Dems and Dems only. Herman Cain doesn't need the race card, he has a brain and leadership experience as well. Obama has neither of these qualities.

    October 3, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    @ You Decide 2012.....

    Ask youself this: if his 999 plan were to be eneacted, what do you think that would do to your state and local taxes? UpUp Up. Putting a 9% nation sales tax on top of existing state and local taxes would kill incentives to buy products. Imagine what that would do to the price of a car, for example, or your mortgage. TX hiked up property taxes to where they are among the fastest-growing in the nation.

    For a math major, he certainly can't do basic arithmatic, Maybe he's hoping you can't, either.

    October 3, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Stacey

    Someone needs to remind Mr. Cain about that southern strategy the republicans adopted in the early 1960s. Someone needs to remind Mr. Cain of that study that was done on the tea party where the results showed that the tea party "has great disdain for African-Americans." THAT INCLUDES YOU, HERMAN CAIN!! The tea party hates you – you are pretending not to know it.

    October 3, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. thunderbolt

    You can bash Cain on his comments about the dem party and brain-washing but the numbers and percentages don't lie, and they back Cain's remarks more than yours. As far as the writing on the Rocks(that was painted over years ago)Anyone could have put it there. Who hasn't seen grafitti on rocks everywhere you go? I also understood the article stated that he leased the land for hunting. People lease land all over the place but that doesn't make it their own personal property. They pay to hunt it, thats it. You guys make a mountain out of a mole hill just to sew more division and deceit. How long has it been there? How long has Perry leased the land to hunt? Who is the owner? What does he say about the writing on the rock? This isn't reporting, this is a witch hunt with no witch. But I understand that this is all the dems have to fight with. Its working so well in the polls, don't you think? Cain for President. He is the only one with a little sense and integrity. Anyone who uses racism and devision is a disgrace to the office. Any office for that matter!
    CAIN 2012!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Anyone who uses racism and devision is a disgrace to the office. Any office for that matter!"

    I agree that anyone who uses racism and division is a disgrace. It applies equally to those who race-bait as well.

    October 3, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. RG

    Mister racial sensativity name d his company "Godfather Pizza" which is insensative to Italians.
    I m sure he wouldn't like it if I opened "Pimpin Ribs and chicken"

    October 3, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    Real Talk = This guy is a bigger Uncle Tom than Clarence Thomas.
    Racist comment if I ever heard one.... Now head on back to the Democrat Party plantation where all black people vote for their Democrat government dependency enablers.

    October 3, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Actually, Cain, you played the "race card" when you accused blacks of being "brainwashed."

    October 3, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. JanineC

    hey Marlo...the KKK was made up of predominately Democrats. Democrats who also embrace "Progressivism" which believes in eugenics. Margret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, championed eugenics and sterilization of "undesirables" (like people of color). Next time you want to find the real bogeyman, just look to the Demonrat party. Because history proves that they not only supported and were members of the KKK, but they also did everything in their power to thwart the Republicans' efforts to pass Civil Rights legislation for most of the time from the Civil War to the actual passage of the CRA. During the Civil War, it was the Republicans who were trying to abolish slavery... the Democrats, not only in the South, but also in the North (the Copperheads), didn't want to abolish slavery. So, the truth is that the real racists have always been the Democrats...they just revise history when they can and brainwash you through constant lies so that you believe they are the "good guys" even though they aren't.

    October 3, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. thunderbolt

    The real Tom Payne, I wish you guys would make up your mind. Are you for taxes or against. It seems that you stand where you guys stand on everything. Tax them, not me. Let them pay for the healthcare reform and give me a pass. Do you have a problem paying your fair share? Sure sounds like it to me!.......That is what the flat tax does, makes everybody pay a fair share. I can see why that bothers you.........just saying...........

    October 3, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "You can bash Cain on his comments about the dem party and brain-washing but the numbers and percentages don't lie, and they back Cain's remarks more than yours"

    Really? So you're the only person on the planet who has read a secret study that found that black people and other minnorities don't do any rational thinking about what issues are important to them and the policy positions espoused by the candidates when confronted with a minority candidate? Impressive. Did you conduct that study all by yourself in your head? Hint: the only "numbers" that you could possibly be referring to, because such a study does not exist and many that say the opposite actually do exist, is the mere fact that 90%+ voted for Obama and past white Dem candidates. Guess what? That's not a measure of's a measure of that entire community's disgust with the GOP and conservative politics.

    October 3, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |

    It worked for Obama so you think you'll try it, right Cain? All you hate racist need to look in the mirror before you call another especially a Texan a racist. This is SORRY, SORRY, SORRY. You'd didn't think about the fact that Texas has more Spanish Americans and African Americans than they do the other, did you moron? I'll never vote for any of you on just the grounds you people have exposed yourselves in the past few years. HATE, HATE, HATE.

    October 3, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. CBR

    Mr. Cain reacted to a story without knowing the real facts. He had to backtrack.

    A visit to Donald Trump is not something I would think necessary to be a nominee for president under the Republican banner. Does Mr. Trump have that much power within the Republican Party? That is not good news.

    October 3, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. thunderbolt

    Let me guess Stacy, I bet you did the poll didn't you. I support the tea party, and I don't give in to Racism. The only racism I've seen has been from the Dems and liberals trying to sew deceit and lies. In fact, I believe Herman Cain is the best man for the job. He would definetely get my vote. Does it bother you that I'm white? Come on, be honest.........if you dare

    October 3, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Larry L

    The amusing part of this story is Cain's belief that racism would be considered a negative trait in the Republican ranks. Mr. Cain, without bigots the Republican Party would have little more than a relatively small number of greedy corporate donors in search for some other population to energize. Hate and fear is the mainstay of the GOP!

    October 3, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. JanineC

    The ONLY "Uncle Toms" are those who think the Democrat Party cares about them. They don't. LBJ's Great Society has created a dependent class of people who are now slaves to the state. Democrats don't want people of color to be in power or to have economic stability. Look at all the poor areas of the largest cities of this country. 90% of them are Democrat-held for generations. Think that is a coincidence?

    October 3, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Chris

    Thank you Mr. Cain, now if only the rest of black America could quit playing the race card (when it's convenient) then maybe this county and the people can start making advances. Put people to work, get them off of welfare, get rid of public housing, educate people. EXPECT them to work and contribuite to America, not always be trying to take from America. No one, and that includes America, owes someone for the past that is now 150+ years old. People have got to pull themselves up by the bootstraps to a point where words like this are not used as a definitiion of a person's place in society.

    October 3, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Ed 1

    Yes you are.

    You are above that but it seems you are getting bad advice.

    You are a leader don't lower yourself go out and do what's right win the election and get this Country back on track.

    October 3, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. CharlieB

    No worries Mr. Cain, you can count on me NOT voting for you

    October 3, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. thunderbolt

    I am looking forward to the election in 2012. I hope to put a stop to the madness, childish tactics, and corruption. I think the republicans will have both houses and the white house. And I will give all the credit to the liberals, Dems, and Obama for making it happen. I don't know a group that deserves it more...................

    October 3, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Earl Lee Jones

    To me Cain is a typical Uncle Tom, meeting with Donald Trump is a joke, yes we all know that the Republican Party is a racist party, and that the Tea Party is the leader of the Pack. OBAMA in 2012.

    October 3, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Steven

    So, which GOP runner for President has been born in the USA? Any of them? I want official birth certificates!!

    October 3, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Wow, Janine, hysterical much? No one is ever "enslaved" by welfare programs. And while I know the truth will shock you, the fact is that most people on welfare get off it through their own efforts and the assistance of programs designed to help them. Of course, I assume the truth means nothing to you, so go ahead and keep spewing the neocon deathcult lies and propaganda. I hope you're paid well for it.

    October 3, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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