Cain: Black community 'brainwashed' into voting for Dems
September 28th, 2011
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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. Rudy NYC

    jo wrote:
    He is exactly right. Not only that but from the posts on this site it looks like the brainwashing has gone pretty far.. whining about corporations, republicans not wanting to do something for blacks
    The comments against Mr. Cain have not asked for handouts. The comments of critical of Republicans has been that they have pursued policies that have hurt the black community at large. They fought against the Civil Rights Act, they fought against school integration, they fought against EOE laws that merely said that you not recieve federal funds if you discriminate. If you wish to discriminate, then you are free to do so in the free market, which is exactly what occurs.

    September 28, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    All the racist right-wingers come out of the woodwork like the roaches they are when they see an opportunity to utter their brand of hot garbage.

    September 28, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. jarhead

    I think if people would just remember that Pres. Obama is the first black person to be nominated by any party they could let up on this stupid idea of only voting for a black candidate. Hell the black community has voted for a white man since gaining the right to cast a vote. Why????? Only white candidates. Of course most on this post will not admit this and move on to the next stupid idea. Here is an idea. If all the blacks in america voted for Obama, and no whites do, there is no way in hell he could have won. Whites still greatly out-number blacks. Quit whining and get your own votes out.

    September 28, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    next time the Tea Party holds a rally in a place like Harlem, Watts, South Philly, or East St. Louis to try to recruit the Black vote, I may take Mr. Cain up on his request. But be honest Herman, President Obama like him or not is more likely to have a rally in those places than you or your Tea Party fellows.

    September 28, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Ed DFWTX

    Blacks are brainwashed into voting Democrat as much as Evangelical Christians are brainwashed into voting Republican. The GOP today is a party of birthers, bigots, teabaggers, billionaires, hate groups, and and Hoover/Bush economists. No room for minorities except for a few wealthy tokens.

    September 28, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Tired of the nonsense

    If by "conservative," you mean "fascist," then why would ANYONE want to vote for anyone in the GOP?

    September 28, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. The Choobs

    Doesn't it seem racist to point to ANY class of people by race and issue a blanket statement about them like, "[fill in name of race here] have been brainwashed into not being open minded..."?!

    September 28, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. seneca

    Its not the black communities fault that the south makes up the majority of the conservative party and when your mostly southern you are also mostly racist.

    September 28, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Miss G

    ...AND ALSO....QUIT SPEAKING FOR ME! I LOATHE how people are posting what Black people are going to do, and why we do this, how we are going to do that! I WATCHED the Tea Party debates, because I was interested in what they had to say! I am not an Obama-bot, and do not have rose colored glasses on about the political landscape. The fact is, as Americans, regardless of which party we vote for...we have voted for soundbites...and it shows! I believe that to vote, one HAS to vote informed, which is why I was tuned in to the Republican debates. As it was, the 9, 9, 9 tax, throwing out the Dept of Education, AND privatizing all social services...just did not sound too right to me. I based this off of WHAT THEY STATED, not off of an anticipation of a handout. The Democrats are ALSO a MESS. So, again, I wait to not vote off soundbites but to vote off of what is real and what will really get our country on trackl. I believe in hard work, being studious, and being a patriot to one's country. I also believe in not involving our Armed Forces in conflicts that have nothing to do with us. The only reference to education, was throwing out the Department of Education, and there was NO plan to improve it...yet American students are lagging behind the whole world. Regardless of WHAT race one is...does that sound right to you? I have no kids, and it sounds terrible. FORGET DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN! VOTE INFORMED 2012!!!!!

    September 28, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Pete from St Paul

    So when Jimmy Carter asked Rachel Maddow a rhetorical statement as to why the Conservative Movement adopted Ronald Reagan over him. He, Mr. Carter a Southern Sunday School teacher and nuclear physicist. It became apparent the Conservative Movement real value system is all about the MONEY. This MONEY and its means of control and distribution is what it’s all about. Singing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ pop songs works for Mr. Cain; he became a CEO and all that.

    September 28, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. RAMBLE

    All groups on the take are "brainwashed". It's the democratic strategy.

    September 28, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. jean2009

    As the employer of minimum wage slaves, all Cain cares about is himself not the rest of humanity. Frankly the current teapotty Rethugliklans are the closest thing to Nazi Germany I have ever seen.
    @David you best bone up on those figures again. It seems the rich percentage wise do not pay an equal share according to this issue of Time magazine. Much of this is determined by write offs, tax credits, deductions and whether a person's income is earned income, or capital gains income.

    September 28, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. New Age Independent

    @Woman In California

    Woman In California

    This is EXACTLY what you have to say when running as a republican. This kind of "rhetoric" is the reason the TP is using you. For your information Mr. Cain (a name associated with murder), I agree with quite a few republican policies but this is no longer a republican party. It is a party of bigots, racists and greedy pigs who will do ANYTHING to see the country's first black president FAIL. I relate to the democrats not because I am "brainwashed" but because they don't preach hate and right now the represent my interests more. Mr. Cain is going to find out real soon he's being USED just like Michael Steele and yes, they are STILL a racist party. I'm not fooled at all by the FL straw poll.


    Slander, check. Name calling, check. Racist, check. Intollerant, check. Without facts, check. Yeah, that sure convinced me that you aren't a hateful, intolerant, brainwashed liberal.

    September 28, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Citizen

    If you don't vote for Cain you are a racist!

    September 28, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. The Dude

    Cain is right. They are Brainwashed. They saw how Texas turned into a republican voting state after LBJ signed civil rights legislation into law. They should of joined the Racists and voted GOP as well.

    Democrats cleaned house of the bigots, Republicans greeted them with open arms.

    Cain just doesn't understand why the Black community does not vote against their own interests so he can keep his tax break for millionaires.

    Is Mr. Cains first name Tom?

    September 28, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Cain,

    How much have you given back to the black community? How much charity work have you done that helps to resolve the education crisis in the black community? I have thoroughly checked your record, Mr. Cain, and your record is dismal.

    Rudy NYC

    September 28, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Why Mr Cain?

    Because Republicans have actually taken the billions and BILLIONS and BILLIONS in tax cuts they got back during the Bush administration and used it to create better jobs, targeted at Black America?

    Because Republicans have FORCED President Obama to sign the legislation they have created, debated, voted on and presented?

    Because Black America has done so well under Republican administrations in local, county, state and federal environments?

    NO? Then why?

    September 28, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. damn texan

    Mr Cain you make lots of sense in what you say.But by you own admission some will vote for you because your black. some will vote for you because GOP.Truth is you won't be the canidate. Your just there so the GOP can say they are not racist.The reason Obama is doing so bad isn't because he's a losy leader,it's because he's black and the Gop started from his start to make him fail?And as you can see they did a great job.But remember before he was elected? The GOP gave him the mess he's been fighting alone.Perrsonally you look great you sound great.I like you and HOPE YOU THE BEST OF LUCK, BECAUSE BY LUCK, AND ONLY BY LUCK WILL YOU BE THE GOP CANIDATE!

    September 28, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. chuck

    Let's see. Everyone else is brainwashed and he is cleat thinking. This defines conservatism at the moment in America.

    September 28, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. Michael

    Well, this is too interesting. The suggestion that any group of people votes monolithically as a result of brainwashing is both a cry for votes and a derogatory remark. On the one hand, those referred to should vote. But, they are too stupid to vote based on their own conscious decisions. So, they need to be told who to vote for. Ah, here comes the opposition with further instructions for these imbeciles. Question: What about Jewish voters? Have they or even Hispanic voters been brainwashed as well? Or, does Mr. Cain (Tiddy Bowl in hand) believe that only Black voters have fallen to such a lowly condition?

    September 28, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. JN

    Brother Cain will learn or has chosen to ignore what J.C. Watts, Alan Keyes, Michael Steele, and even Conoleeza Rice and Colin Powell have learned-the latter two especially a lesson given by Dick Cheney-you will never be fully accepted by white conservative Republicans. Only Clarence Thomas gets their full vote of approval because he tows the line no matter what the issue is. They can depend upon good ole Clarence.

    September 28, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Liz the First


    Mr. Cain is a better person than any every single Democrat, black white whatever in America today.

    He has integrity, decency, morals, and true compassion, you cannot say the same about any Democrat."

    And here we have a perfect example of brainwashing. Although i do have to agree with Sniffit! it's hard to brainwash someone without a brain. but somehow the rethugs find a way. too bad they can't put all that evil scheming to work for good.

    September 28, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Michael B.

    Ok, let's recap. The Republican Party, the party of Lincoln. Remember him? It was the Democrats who fought the Civil Rights Legislation tooth and nail, ask Al Gore's father. And lest we forget..............the last election there was a black senatorial candidate in Florida who the dems felt should step aside as they didn't think he could win. Step aside, so a WHITE candidate coulde beat the hispanic republican candidate. The party of inclusion huh?

    September 28, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Brad5013

    Herman has been sniffing the Oregano again . . .

    September 28, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Well Donald Trump says he's "friends with the Blacks" so maybe Cain should visit him for some advice on this subject.
    @ Truth......
    please tell me this..when a white person votes for another white person it's NOT racial, but if a black person votes for another black person it is soely due to race. Same with Latinos. But if the black or Latino person votes for a white person then that's okay. Sorry but I just don't get it.

    September 28, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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