Cain: Media afraid of a 'real black man'
March 31st, 2011
03:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Cain: Media afraid of a 'real black man'

(CNN) - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain said the media is afraid "a real black man might run against Barack Obama."

At a Wednesday appearance in Florida, Cain said if he were elected president "you get a chance to be batting .500" with black presidents.

"If you think about the first 43 presidents, they were all white. Were they all great? I think you have a few duds in that group," Cain said according to a video posted on Shark Tank, a local political site in the sunshine state. "So now you get a chance to be batting .500."

The former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio host, who previously launched a presidential exploratory committee, also took shots at the media and GOP elite.

"The political establishment is not going to elect Herman Cain. The political elite's are not going to support me," Cain said. "ABC, CBS and NBC they're still in denial that I'm even a legitimate candidate."

And why do members of the media treat Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Wisconsin and former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin so "viciously"?

"Because they know that Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin is going to draw a lot of the women vote away from the Democrat Party," Cain said. "They are scared to death of that, if they were to run and get the nomination. They are doubly scared that a real black man might run against Barack Obama."

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Ain't life strange?

    I'm sorry... what, actually, constitutes 'a real black man'. Is it the tone of his blackness? Come on be real here! This is a man who made a fortune off of selling pizza under the name of 'Godfather's Pizza' when he isn't even a 'Godfather', and not even Italian! As an Italian, I take exception to this clown alluding to my ethiticity. How about changing the company's name to 'Black Man's Pizza.' That would be more accurate. Or, do only black people like Cain get to use a race card. Last I knew Italians are a race of people.

    March 31, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. MOUF

    What is a "real black man"? The comedy of the "real black man" using Italian sterotypes to market his buisness which has gave him his fortune is pure gold. I seriosly cant stop laughing at this guy.

    March 31, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Cain is a "real" Black man? Wow, that's quite the racist comment! According to Cain, Black men can only be one way; they aren't individuals who have free will. That kind of absurdity is beyond words ... Cain really does have quite the ego ...

    March 31, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Snuffy

    The many ways this man's comments are insulting are beyond counting.

    I find his statement that he is "a real black man" simply shocking. I am dumbfounded and literally cannot find words to express my loathing of such a remark on behalf of every mixed race person in this country.

    And as a white woman, I can tell Mr. Cain that the women I know are far too substantive to vote for Palin or Bachmann on the basis of gender. The women I know have learned to evaluate a candidate based on the qualities of their positions.

    The shrieking and caterwalling on the part of the presumptive GOP candidates in their attempts to differentiate themselves from their competitors is alarming. They offer no substance, choosing instead to ramp up the negative hyperbole in order to grab headlines. I beg their supporters to demand they turn the volume down, and engage in adult dialogue that may possibly advance solutions to the ACTUAL problems we have.

    March 31, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Ryche

    YES.... i love this man... He speaks truth to power.. something i know you libs love right... highly conservative, white tea party sympathiser here and i'd vote this man into office faster than you could kick ear leader to the curb.. This is a common sense man, with executive experience that could really help our wounded country right about now... Not some great talker who can't find his way out of a paper bag without breaking the law or stomping on our consitution... This man has integrity and honesty on his side... and for me that is all i need to vote for Herman Cain... Cain 2012

    March 31, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Sounds like Cain feels inferior to President Obama ... perhaps because our president is smarter than he is ... or does it go deeper and is more of a light-skinned vs dark-skinned thing?

    Just saying ...

    March 31, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Judith_NY

    Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin will draw women's votes away from the Democratic party? What's this guy, nuts? Any woman who would ordinarily vote Dem is smart enough to be offended by how stupid either of those two are. They might draw conservative women, but those gals wouldn't be voting democratic anyway. Duh.

    March 31, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. James

    Once again (Regardless of his race) a Republican makes it all about race. They continue to think that all they need to do in order to garner minority votes is present a minority. They think Americans are stupid. "A real black man" has shown us that crazy comes in all colors.

    March 31, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    To Herman Cain: You're not going to even come close to being elected and it has nothing to do with the color of your skin or your gender. Those of us in the middle want nothing to do with your extreme right wing views.

    March 31, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Me

    A real Black man?!? So, Obama is not black now? Oh! I get it, He's reviving the old "Is he Black enough?" debate. This guy is running as a Republican?!? He had better ask Michael Steele how the GOtP treats black leaders. They will hold you up in a futile attempt to get black votes during election time and spend the rest of the term trying to cut you off.
    You are a Black Man in a White Man's Party. You are already a joke. And if you carry the same GOtP principles you're self loathing hypocrit too.
    But, HEY! GOOD LUCK! I always enjoy watching my black people do well in something

    March 31, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. MM

    Mr Cain, you are color blind. The GOP establishment does not like you because most are RACIST. If you want tolerance and recognition for who you are as a person, you must move to the left. Pretty simple. And to your remarks about how the left is scared to death that Bachman and palin will draw female votes, any female that lacks enough intelligence to not vote for either of those women is welll.............................a sad story.

    March 31, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. jeff, alabama

    I've heard Cain's radio show
    and he represents the views
    of alot of Americans.
    I do however have a problem
    with his math. How are you batting
    500 if only two presidents out of
    fourty something were to be black ?
    Herman, come on man, think before
    you talk.
    I like Palin a lot and would vote for
    her if she runs, but she tends to
    speak to quickly sometimes also.

    March 31, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Cain, repeating the words that come from the "Real Mean Mothers Bachman and Palin Circus" is not being vicious. How would you be treated if you had said some of the things that they have? Do you think you would be treated better or worse than what you have?

    Personally, this nothing to do with their sex. It has everything to do with their own words and statements. For example, are you defending Mrs. Palin for making public comments critical of the POTUS while in India?

    Mrs. Bachman has her own set of comments. Most recently, historically inaccurate comments. Comments have been made by both women to stir up debate because ot their content, content that frequently speaks volumes about their character, Mr. Cain.

    March 31, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I can only asume that by saying a REAL Black man that Mr. Cain is saying that both his parents were African American, so he's not bi-racial like our president is. Well a word of advice from another REAL Black man myself whose parents were also of different races like the president's the way the far right has treated and continues to treat Black men and other races historically in our socitey no REAL Black man would EVER be a right wing Republican. Think about it.

    March 31, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lastly: You could be as black as the dead of night Cain and I wouldn't vote for you.
    The only thing you're going to accomplish is putting to rest all the talk about Blacks voting for Obama just because he's Black.
    Your being Black is not going to make one bit of difference when the content of your character in regards to tolerance, and intellect has so far, in my book, made you come up short.

    Good luck with your Black thing "brother".

    March 31, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Women don't vote by race, gender or party for your information Mr. Cain, we vote based upon policy and principle. And because you Mr. Cain don't fit the principles we expect in a candidate we surely won't be voting for you. Next time, try to show women voters the respect we deserve.

    March 31, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. GaryB

    I don't think the mainstream media is particularly vicious towards Bachmann and Palin (some comedians might be, but that's their job). Those two women happen to say a lot of things that are factually/historically wrong and they make arguments that are logically idiotic. The media reports what they say verbatim and usually in context; it's not the media's fault that these women make themselves look like idiots.

    As for Hermann Cain, well, if he wants to play the poor, rich conservative victim card, I guess that's his prerogative. But haven't we had enough of the victim game?

    March 31, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Sasha

    Isn't this guy the dude who, when asked if he'd consider appointing a Muslim cabinet member or justice were he president, categorically said "no"?

    Good luck with that ...

    March 31, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

    I wonder what it means to be a "real black man." I just don't get that. I thought we were supposed to embrace all races, yet people like him want to focus on the fact that he is black and that "black" is a culture in the US. Why can "American" be our culture?

    March 31, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. gt

    the media pounded there chest and proclaimed they were voice of women, blacks and the poor... till palin , bachmann, and cain...then they shown there ugly face ,,,, they only like liberal left wing politians ... thats the truth....sad...

    March 31, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. shadysider

    When you support Bachmann & Palin, you are disqualifying yourself from the presidency as your decision making skills are obviously lacking. See McCain.

    March 31, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. JeremyNABQ

    And why do members of the media treat Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Wisconsin and former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin so "viciously"? "Because they know that Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin is going to draw a lot of the women vote away from the Democrat Party."

    Puhleease!! Women to whom women's rights are important, vote Democrat. You might make a mean pizza, but you'll never change that demographic. I know more women that can't stand those two bimbo's than men.

    March 31, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Realistic

    Herman here is some thoughts to digest. When you ran for the senate seat in Georgia you took a beat down by getting only 26% of the vote and your oppent won 53.2 %. So if you can't win in Georgia you can't win anywhere especially in a national election but good try. And Herman, here is another thought for you to digest, no matter what you think about your chances are, you lack the ability to connect with people outside the fox draconian propaganda machine. Either way, your chances are less than Palins chance and she has about 3% of becoming president of this great country.

    March 31, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Ryan NC

    I wonder what the Republicans will think about this guy, isn't his remark a tad racist? If you have some white in your black then it is not a good thing? He hasn't even entered the race and he is already playing the "pure race" card?

    March 31, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Jane (Minnesota)

    You're wrong, Herman, the media seems to love to cover the "Craziies" these days. The further out there, the more attention they get – it's sad. Most American voters are afraid of candidates who run too far to the right or too far too the left. The voters most likely to be afraid of a "real black man" are those the farthest to the right in their views – "Tea Partiers" and the "Religious Right".

    March 31, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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